Medical examiners

A national system of medical examiners was rolled out in England and Wales 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 plays a key role in the training of medical examiners and medical examiner officers, as well as working closely with the National Medical Examiner on implementation of the service.

Over 1000 medical examiners and 250 medical examiner officers have been trained since 2019, and the College continues to provide regular training days and continuing professional development opportunities.

Medical examiners are employed in the NHS system by acute trusts in England, and NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership in Wales.

Initial medical examiner training comprises two parts; online modules and a face-to-face training day.Medical examiners can claim up to 10 CPD credits after completing all mandatory 26 eLfH e-learning modules (Nov 2018 revision). Please access the modules via the eLfH website and not via trust-based ERS systems, which may not record completion. We expect the e-learning to take around 8-10 hours, depending on previous experience. The face-to-face training day (6 CPD credits) may be completed online or in person, and can be booked via the Conferences section of the website.

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