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Educational Podcasts and Videos Focusing on the Medical Examiner and Death Certificates

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A Personal Experience of Unique End of Life Wishes

Changes to the MCCD (Medical Certificate of Cause of Death)

Medical Examiners Lunch & Learn

The Role of the Medical Examiner – what does it mean for GPs and GP Practices?

 

A Personal Experience of Unique End of Life Wishes

This podcast is exceptional in many ways. It is a deeply personal story of a family carrying out their mothers rather unique end of life wishes. We hear from Dr Julia Hempenstall about her professional and personal experience.

Listen to the podcast here

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Changes to the MCCD (Medical Certificate of Cause of Death)

Dr Andy Purbrick outlines the 2022 changes to the MCCD (Medical Certificate of Cause of Death) that GPs need to be aware of. This podcast was recorded during the Practice Managers Update Webinar in March 2022.

Read further guidance here

Listen to the podcast here

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Medical Examiners Lunch & Learn

This Lunch & Learn training resource can be used at a time and place to suit the practice, either for all staff or a group of newly employed staff. It is also ideal for using as part of the induction process.

This package looks at the new role of the Medical Examiner, which will become a statutory role on 9th September 2024.

“….it will be a legal requirement that medical examiners scrutinise all non-coronial deaths. This will help to deter criminal activity and poor practice, increase transparency and offer the bereaved an opportunity to raise concerns…….The introduction of medical examiners is part of a broader death certification, registration and coronial process. We are working closely across Government to ensure that from both a legislative and operational perspective we are supporting the professions involved so that they are prepared for the full introduction of the statutory system”

By the end of the training, all attending should be aware of what the role entails, why it is being brought in and what this will mean for the practice, including looking at a possible process in practice

Purchase the Lunch and Learn package here

Role of the Medical Examiner

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The Role of the Medical Examiner – what does it mean for GPs and GP Practices?

In June 2021 the UK Government formally announced the roll out of the medical examiner system into primary care in England: NHS guidance

Contact details for your local Medical Examiner are as follows:

BSW
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust: BA1 3NG 

Email: ruh-tr.medicalexamineroffice@nhs.net
Contact numbers : 01225 824015  or  01225 824315

  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust: TA1 5DA

Email: MedicalExaminer@somersetft.nhs.uk
Contact number: 01823 343753

  • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: SN3 6BB

Email: gwh.medicalexaminer.services@nhs.net
Contact number: 01793 607770

  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust: SP2 8BJ

Email: sft.medicalexamineroffice@nhs.net
Contact number: 01722 336262 ext 5429

Dorset
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: DT1 2JY

Email: medicalexaminers@dchft.nhs.uk
Contact number: 01305 255251

  • University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust: BH7 7DW

Contact number: 0300 019 5758

Email:

Community – communitymedicalexaminers@uhd.nhs.uk

Bournemouth Office – medical.examiners@uhd.nhs.uk

Poole Office – medical.examiners.poole@uhd.nhs.uk

Frimley
  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust: Frimley Park GU16 7UJ

Email: fhft.medicalexaminersfph@nhs.net
Contact number: 0300 615 0450

HIOW
  • Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital RG24 9NA

Email: Medical.Examiner@hhft.nhs.uk
Contact number:

    • Winchester – 01962 824139 or 01962 824139
    • Basingstoke – 01256 313236
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust: Queen Alexandra PO6 3LY

Email: pho-tr.phtmedicalexaminers@nhs.net
Contact number: (023) 9228 6185

  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust: Southampton General SO16 6YD

Email: medicalexaminer@uhs.nhs.uk
Contact number: 023 8120 3564

  • Isle of Wight NHS Trust: St Mary’s PO30 5TG

Email: iownt.meo@nhs.net
Contact number: 01983 53 4740

So, what does it mean for GPs and GP Practices?

Wessex LMCs Medical Directors Dr Andy Purbrick, Dr Laura Edwards are joined by guest speakers:

  • Rebecca Protopsaltis, Regional Medical Examiner Officer (South West)
  • Golda Shelley-Fraser, Regional Medical Examiner (South West)
  • Zoe Hemsley, Regional Medical Examiner (South West)
  • Amanda Dooley, Regional Medical Examiner Officer (South West)

If you’d like to contact any of the Medical Examiners or Medical Examiner Officers, you can find their emails here: NHS England » The national medical examiner system under national and regional contacts

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Last Reviewed Date
11/12/2023