Medical examiners

From April 2019, a national system of medical examiners will be introduced to provide much-needed support for bereaved families and to improve patient safety. The College is the lead medical royal college for medical examiners and continues to play a key role in influencing the government’s work around their introduction.

Medical examiners will be employed in the NHS system, with a separate professional line of accountability, allowing for access to information in the sensitive and urgent timescales surrounding death registration – but with independence necessary for the credibility of the scrutiny process. This independence will be overseen by a National Medical Examiner, providing leadership to the system.

What are medical examiners? Medical examiners will be part of a national network of specifically trained independent senior doctors (from any specialty). Overseen by a National Medical Examiner, they will scrutinise all deaths that do not fall under the coroner’s jurisdiction across a local area.

Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation for Medical Examiners

Doctors are expected to include their whole practice in their appraisal and revalidation, which includes the Medical Examiner (ME) role. This guidance sets out how ME work might be included in appraisal and will also be useful for appraisers, who may not be familiar with the role.