Senior Anatomical Pathology Technologist & Medical Examiner's Officer

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

To support Mortuary Service Manager & Lead Medical Examiner in the running of a safe, secure, effective and comprehensive mortuary, post mortem service and Medical Examiner's Office/Service for the needs of the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, HM Coroner and the Community and to provide an efficient service to the Trust and the Bereaved by assisting with the scrutiny of the circumstances and the cause(s) of death of patients who die in the Hospital.

Main duties of the job

Anatomical Pathology Function

To assist the Service Manager and team of APT's with all mortuary functions in line with departmental operating procedures. Assist medical and technical staff with post mortem examinations, both routine and high-risk cases including external examination and PM preparation in line with case history including skilful reconstruction of the deceased post examination. To participate in an on call rota.

Medical Examiners Officer Function

To assist the Service Manager, Lead ME and team of ME's/MEO's with all aspects of the Medical Examiner's office function; to deliver a high quality service for the recently bereaved; to act as an intermediary between the bereaved and clinical team(s) to establish any concerns relating to the death. To provide help and advice to attending clinicians with the process of death certification and referral to HM Coroner and to ensure that medical certificates of the cause of death are accurate prior to issue.

Closing Date: 17 April 2022Interview Date: 29 April 2022

About us

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In return we will offer:

  • A variety of flexible working options
  • Development opportunities, including both professional and leadership development
  • On-going support through every step of the way from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.
  • A variety of other staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts about our Trust:

  • Our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients daily
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust - over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day - 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients daily.
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • To support both the Mortuary and Medical Examiner Team in providing an efficient and effective service for the needs of the recently bereaved, to deliver mortuary services and technical assistance at post mortem examinations and provide extra scrutiny to the death certification process across the hospital services.
  • To act as a conduit for the bereaved to highlight concerns in health care and to forward these concerns to the medical examiner or clinical team where appropriate.
  • To identify cases for clinical governance or structured judgement reviews and escalate these to relevant parties.
  • To provide supervision and teaching to other members of mortuary staff as well as providing multidisciplinary education, advice and support.

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Person Specification



  • RIPHH/RSPH Certificate and Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology
  • Educated to Bachelor's degree level or equivalent working knowledge and experience in this field
  • Completed e-learning MEO core training modules prior to starting in the post
  • A commitment to life-long learning and undertaking personal development opportunities
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including the recently bereaved


  • Completed the MEO face-to-face training

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working with people in sensitive and emotional situations.
  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting with multi-disciplinary teams across organisational boundaries
  • An understanding of medical terminology that enables informed discussions about causes/circumstances of death with bereaved families, clinicians, coroner and registration service staff
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Notification of Death Regulations 2019


  • Knowledge of the special requirements of various faith groups and respect for equality and diversity of issues around formalities following a death.
  • Knowledge of the Coroner & Justice Act 2009 reference to the medical examiner system. A full understanding of the medical examiner system operational remit



  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate in difficult and emotional situations with empathy and professionalism with all stakeholders
  • Ability to work as part of a team and organise fluctuating workload around competing priorities
  • Knowledge of the Human Tissue Act and codes of practice


  • Competent in the use of IT software systems and handling sensitive personal identifiable data

Personal Qualities


  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Approachable and supportive to all levels of staff and bereaved families in a non-judgemental and discreet manner.
  • Professional appearance, manner and awareness of impact of own behaviour on others.
  • Ability to maintain a calm manner in a range of challenging and emotive circumstances.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust


Chesterfield Royal Hospital



S44 5BL

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For questions about the job, contact:

Mike Conway


Date posted

01 April 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Chesterfield Royal Hospital



S44 5BL

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