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Medical Examiner Officer

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata pa
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking to recruit a Medical Examiner Officer to support and develop the Medical Examiner Service, which is based at the Royal Derby Hospital and Queen's Hospital Burton site.

You will have highly developed communication and organisational skills which will have been obtained by working in bereavement, clinical or similar role which will predominately support the Medical Examiner in the scrutiny of deaths which occur in the hospital and community. An excellent understanding of medical terminology and the death certification process is essential.

Main duties of the job

You will be providing a professional, sensitive and compassionate service, dealing with bereaved relatives and aggrieved callers and be exposed to distressing and emotive situations. The role will require working closely with clinical and non-clinical staff, the Medical Examiners, Bereavement Office, and the Coroner's Office. The role is primarily based at the Royal Derby Hospital, but you will be expected to work flexibly between sites as the service requires. You will also be expected to work weekends and Bank Holidays on an on-call basis in the near future.

Advanced IT and literacy skills and experience of using a range of IT applications will be required. Applicants will be required to have completed the Medical Examiner Officer Core e-Learning modules prior to appointment.

Closing date of applications: 3 July 2024

Interview date: 17 July 2024

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:
  • Development opportunities, both professional and leadership development
  • On-going support from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.
  • Staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts:
  • We see on average 4810 OP appointments a day.
  • We are the 4 th busiest Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients department in England - an average of 2077 per week.
  • An average of 1115 patients are seen in A& Es across our network every day - 3rd largest in the country.
  • Our hospitals admit an average of 195 emergency patients daily.
  • Last year we undertook almost 33,700 planned surgical operations in our 57 operating theatres.
  • We are one of only 7 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres.
  • We carry out more than 140 elective procedures each working day.
  • UHDB is a research active University Hospital with a large and varied portfolio of clinical trials and research opportunities for all staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level/equivalent working knowledge at an advanced level
  • Completed e-LfH MEO training
  • A commitment to the concept of lifelong learning and undertaking personal development opportunities

Personal Qualities


  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Approachable and supportive to all levels of staff and the bereaved in a non judgemental manner
  • Discreet - able to work confidentially
  • Has professional manner, attitude and appearance
  • Flexible working approach and a team player

Knowledge & Experience


  • Experience of working with bereaved families in sensitive and emotional situations
  • Knowledge of Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (where it relates to Death Certification)
  • Detailed knowledge of clinical terminology
  • Experience working in a healthcare or related setting with multi disciplinary teams and of working across organisational boundaries


  • Knowledge of the special requirements of the various faith groups with an awareness of equality and diversity issues surrounding death certification & arrangements
  • Working knowledge & experience of the Department of Health's Death Certification Reforms Medical Examiner system



  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate in difficult and emotional situations with empathy and understanding
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage at all levels including senior clinicians/coroners etc about sensitive issues
  • Ability to work effectively and credibly with multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to organise work around changeable competing demands and fluctuating workloads
  • Competent with IT software systems including Access, Word, Excel & Lorenzo


  • Demonstrable ability to work to deadlines and achieve agreed objectives

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Derby Hospital

Uttoxeter Road


DE22 3NE

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