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Medical Examiner Officer

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
The Great Western Hospital is looking to recruit a Band 6 Medical Examiner Officer to join our team on a permanent basis.

You will work closely with the lead Medical Examiner and the team of Medical Examiner clinicians to establish a robust service in line with this national mandate. You will support the Trusts Medical Examiners in their role to scrutinise the circumstances and causes of death. And be a point of contact and source of advice for relatives of deceased patients, healthcare professionals, HM coroner and registration services.

The successful candidate will be educated to Bachelor's degree level, or have evidence of study/equivalent practical experience at an advanced level including nursing and other clinical experience.

Main duties of the job

  • To act as an intermediary between the bereaved and clinicians to establish and resolve any concerns relating to a patient's death.
  • Work with medical examiners to aid them in their responsibility for overseeing the death certification process for all deceased patients in the organisation.
  • Obtain and carry out a preliminary review of all relevant medical records (and additional details where required) to develop a case file setting out the circumstances of each death for the medical examiner. This will require them to work with the coroner's office, registrars, bereavement services, complaints managers, legal services and cremation referees.
  • To assist in highlighting cases for assessment by the Structured Judgement Review team (SJR), Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), Clinical Governance teams and the Learning Disability Review Teams (LeDeR).
  • To refer patients to the coroner for further investigation on approval by the medical examiner.
  • Maintain an awareness of the diverse needs of users of the medical examiner system to ensure equality to any particular group defined by sex, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability.

  • About us

    Our STAR values - Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect - are a golden thread running through everything we do. These values serve as a guiding principle, driving us towards our vision of delivering great joined up services to our local community. Whether at home, in the community, or within the hospital, our goal is to empower individuals to lead independent and healthier lives.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    7. Provide training for Trust Staff and other interested parties as approved by Mortuary Manager and Senior Medical Examiner

    Please refer to the attached Job Description for full responsibilities.

    Person Specification



    • Educated to Batchelor's degree level or equivalent working knowledge in related field.
    • 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 e-learning MEO core training modules prior to starting in the post.



    • Experience of working in a healthcare setting with multi-disciplinary teams across organisational boundaries.
    • Experience of working with people in sensitive and emotional situations.



    • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate in difficult and emotional situations with empathy and professionalism with all stakeholders.
    • General knowledge of clinical/medical terminology.
    • Ability to work as part of a team and organise fluctuating workload around competing priorities.
    • Competent in the use of IT software systems and handling sensitive personal identifiable data.


    • 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. Full understanding of the medical examiner system operational remit when incorporated within Bereavement Services.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Great Western Hospital

    Marlbrough Rd


    SN3 6BB

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