Medical examiner training

Training for Medical Examiners, which includes those new to the role and those who have worked in pilot or early adopter sites previously, has two components.

Please note: Medical examiners will be employed in acute Trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales. Recruitment will take place locally.


All Medical Examiners should complete the 26 core e-learning modules before starting work in the role. There is no minimum time requirement but most people take 10-14 hours to complete the modules, and some have taken much longer. It is unlikely that you will obtain the full benefit of the e-learning if you spend less than 8 hours on it. The certificate produced on completion of the modules includes the length of time spent on each module and should be included for discussion at your next whole-practice appraisal.

Complete your e-learning modules

Face-to-face training 

Medical Examiners should also attend a face-to-face training day within 6 months of starting the role. Training days are being held in London, Cardiff, Leeds, Birmingham and other locations. Upcoming dates are listed alongside other events and conferences in our main events calendar. 

Find medical examiner training dates in our calendar

About our face-to-face training 

Our essential training will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for this important role. The day will include short presentations and small group discussions of case scenarios that Medical Examiners are likely to come across. The scenarios will be sent to delegates in advance so that they can consider how they would deal with each one. Model answers will be circulated following the event. Please do not share these with colleagues who have not yet attended the training day as the scenarios used will be the same for each one.

Delegates must stay for the entire training day, and sign in and out on arrival and departure, to receive a certificate of completion of the face-to-face training. This training complements the e-leaning which you must complete before attending this training.

Sample agenda for medical examiner training course

  • 9:50am Welcome and introduction to the course
  • 10:00am Update on medical examiner implementation
  • 10:15am Small group session 1: unnatural deaths and MCCDs
  • 11:15am Scenario discussion
  • 12:15pm The role of a medical examiner officer
  • 12:30pm Lunch and networking
  • 1:00pm Meeting the needs of the faith community
  • 1:20pm Small group session 2: interactions with the bereaved
  • 2:05pm Scenario discussion
  • 2:25pm Putting the bereaved at the heart of the service
  • 2:40pm Coffee break
  • 3:00pm Small group session 3: disagreements with colleagues and late information
  • 3:45pm Scenario discussion
  • 4:05pm Q&A
  • 4:20pm Closing remarks 
  • 4:30pm Event close

Further e-learning modules and training days will follow to enable trained Medical Examiners to continue their professional development.

Book your training

Face-to-face training sessions are advertised on the College's event calendar.