Medical Examiner

Southport And Ormskirk NHS Trust


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Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity to expand our medical examiner service as we begin to provide scrutiny for deaths in the non-acute setting.

The current medical examiner service has been established since September 2021 providing scrutiny for all Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust inpatient deaths and is one of the highest performing offices in the region. Our Medical Examiners are supported by a lead medical examiner and a lead medical examiners officer.

The service is expanding into the local non acute setting providing scrutiny for deaths occurring within Queens Court Hospice and the local Clinical Commissioning Group areas of Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

We are a supportive, experienced and dynamic team from a range of clinical backgrounds; and we are now looking to recruit new medical practitioners to the team.

Applications are encouraged from Consultants, GP Principals and senior career-grade doctors of all specialties, particularly those with experience of community medicine.

You will be supported by the team as we grow the service. Training is provided by the Royal College of Pathologists with peer support being provided in the new role by the existing medical examiners. This is a highly rewarding role that provides essential safeguards within the death certification process, provides support to the bereaved, supports correct referral to HM Coroner and supports the identification of system wide learning.

Main duties of the job

Medical examiners (MEs) are appropriately trained doctors who will verify clinical information on Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCDs) and ensure that the right referrals are made to the coroner for further investigation. A practising medical practitioner who has been on the general medical council register for a minimum of five years post registration can apply to be a medical examiner. It is recommended that medical examiners are consultant grade doctors from a range of disciplines (including GP principals). MEs will take a consistent approach to the formulation of MCCD content, which must be clinically accurate and reflect any discussions with the next of kin/informant. MEs must not have been involved in the care of the deceased patients for deaths they scrutinise.

About us

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust provides healthcare in hospital and the community to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

Acute care is provided at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk District General Hospital. This includes adults' and children's accident and emergency services, intensive care and a range of medical and surgical specialities. Women's and children's services, including maternity, are provided at Ormskirk hospital.

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital provides specialist care for spinal patients from across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

The Trust also provides sexual health services for the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To ensure compliance with the legal and procedural requirements associated with the current and proposed reformed processes of certification, investigation by coroners and registration of deaths.
  • To scrutinise the certified causes of death offered by attending doctors in a way that is proportionate, consistent and compliant with the proposed national protocol.
  • To discuss and explain the cause of death with next of kin/informants in a transparent, tactful and sympathetic manner. It is anticipated that such discussions will be predominately conducted through telephone conversations where barriers to understanding information may exist.
  • To ensure that all users of the ME system are treated with respect and are not discriminated against on the grounds of sex, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability.
  • To maintain comprehensive records of all deaths scrutinised and undertake analysis to provide information to the National Medical Examiners office.
  • To participate in relevant clinical governance activities relating to death certification including audits, mortality review processes and investigations regarding formal complaints about patient care.
  • To support the training of junior doctors in their understanding of death certification and promote good practice in accurate completion of MCCDs.
  • To work with medical examiner officers (MEOs), delegating duties as appropriate.
  • To engage with lead ME and lead MEO for the region.
  • To adopt a collaborative working relationship with other MEs by sharing experiences and expertise to support peer learning and set uniform standards of service delivery.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Performance


  • Medical practitioner registered and licensed to practise in the UK by the GMC.
  • A commitment to life-long learning and undertaking personal development opportunities.
  • MEs should have up-to-date knowledge of causes of death and an understanding of the legal frameworks associated with death certification processes.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Southport And Ormskirk NHS Trust


Southport Hospital



Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Dr Chris Goddard


Date posted

22 April 2022

Pay scheme

Hospital medical and dental staff


Specialty Doctor





Working pattern

Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number

Medical Examiner

Job locations

Southport Hospital



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