Medical examiners

A national system of medical examiners is being 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.

Medical examiners are employed in the NHS system, with a separate professional line of accountability to regional and national teams, 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 is overseen by the National Medical Examiner, Dr Alan Fletcher.

Medical Examiners can claim up to 10 CPD credits after completing all mandatory 26 eLfH e-learning modules (Nov 2018 revision). We expect the e-learning to take between 8-10 hours. Training is completed by attending a face-to-face training day. Further e-learning modules and local and national meetings will provide ongoing CPD for medical exmainers.

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