A medical examiner service is being rolled out in England and Wales under the leadership of the National Medical Examiner and Lead Medical Examiner for Wales. The introduction of a national medical examiner service was one of the key recommendations of the Shipman Inquiry, with similar recommendations being made in the reports of subsequent inquiries into suboptimal patient care. Almost every acute trust in England now has a medical examiner service, and a national service has been introduced by NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership.

The Royal College of Pathologists, the lead medical royal college for medical examiners, has trained over one thousand MEs and ME Officers and provides ongoing CPD. This is the first Medical Examiners Annual Conference, and will focus on progress with implementation and plans for the future. Highlights include the launch of the National Medical Examiner's first Annual Report and reports from faith communities. The event is likely to be of interest to medical examiners and officers, anyone involved in death certification, coronial referral, improving patient care or supporting the bereaved.

The day will run from 9.30-4.30pm.

  • 09.30 Introduction, Dr Suzy Lishman, Chair, Medical Examiners Committee, The Royal College of Pathologists
  • 09.40 Welcome, Dr Mike Osborn, President, The Royal College of Pathologists
  • 09.45 Launch of the National Medical Examiner’s first Annual Report, Dr Alan Fletcher, National Medical Examiner 
  • 10.15 Strategic update from the Department of Health and Social Care, William Vineall, Director – NHS Quality, Safety, Investigations
  • 10.30 Patient Safety update, Dr Aidan Fowler, National Director of Patient Safety, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • 10.45 Panel discussion and Q&As
  • 11.00 Break
  • 11.10 Impact on the Coronial Service, His Honour Judge Thomas Teague QC, Chief Coroner
  • 11.30 The view from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, Keith Conradi, Chief Investigator, HSIB
  • 11.50 The CQC and the medical examiner system, Nigel Acheson, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, CQC
  • 12.10 Panel discussion and Q&As
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • 13.00 Implementation in Wales, Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director NHS Wales and Dr Jason Shannon, Lead Medical Examiner for Wales
  • 13.30 Local implementation in England, Dr Ellie Makings, Regional ME, East of England
  • 13.45 Medical Examiners and patient safety, Sir Robert Francis QC, Chair, Healthwatch England
  • 14.00 Supporting bereaved families, Jane Woodward, Executive Director, At a Loss
  • 14.15 Supporting faith communities and the bereaved, Mohamed Omer OBE, Daniel Elton, Board of Deputies of British Jews 
  • 14.50 Break
  • 15.00 Ministerial address, Nadine Dorries MP, Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health
  • 15.15 Update on national, regional and local MEO activity, Daisy Shale, RCPath Lead MEO
  • 15.30 Gross Negligence Manslaughter, Ian Barker, Senior Solicitor, the MDU
  • 15.45 Q&A
  • 16.15 Closing remarks, Dr Suzy Lishman
  • 16.30 Event close
Registration Fees

Online Bookings

RCPath Members rate: £165
Non-members rate: £266.00
Concession rate: £88.00 (Includes trainees, BMS, non-consultant Clinical Scientists, retired & nurses)

Offline Bookings (cheque and invoice)

Offline Member rate: £181.50
Offline Non-Member: rate £292.60
Offline Concessionary rate: £96.80 (Includes trainees, BMS, non-consultant Clinical Scientists, retired & nurses)

Please contact us for further details. Invoices will not be processed within a month of the event.

Please note that an administrative charge of £10.00 will be made on all cancellations and the total registration fee is forfeited if cancelled within 48 hours before the event.

Zoom information


This meeting will be held via Zoom. Details of the meeting with accompanied guidance will be sent to attendees before the meeting. We strongly suggest you download Zoom to your computer/laptop to make the most of the meeting, however if this is not possible just simply click on the link provided. To Find out more about Zoom and how it works please visit the website

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