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Medical Examiner Officer

Barts Health NHS Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inc
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated medical examiner officer to join our busy team. The successful candidate would be joining an existing close and friendly team of MEOs who work collaboratively and have a strong 'can do' attitude.

The successful candidate would require excellent communication and interpersonal skills, while displaying diplomacy, due to the sensitive nature of the role.To be a point of contact and source of advice for relatives of deceased patients, healthcare professionals and coroner and registration services.

If the successful candidate has not been formally trained by the the Royal College of Pathologists there is the expectation to self-fund complete this within 6 months (dependent on course availability)

The MEO role requires onsite working. The team offices are based in two hospitals within Barts Health NHS Trust, there is an expectation of cross-site working.

The usual hours for this role are 08:00 -16:00 (Monday to Friday)

The role also requires a commitment to out of hours MEO bank rota (currently 08:00 - 11:00 weekends and bank holidays).

Main duties of the job

In April 2024, theGovernment confirmed the statutory medical examiner system, work is taking place for the full introduction of the statutory system from September 2024.

Once fully in place every non-coronial death in England and Wales will be independently scrutinised by a medical examiner.

Independent proportionate scrutiny identifies how the patient died - ensuring accuracy of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, whether the clinical team or next of kin had any concerns about care, and whether the case needs notification to HM Coroner, or any other form of escalation.

Medical Examiner Officers (MEO) are the backbone of the service. They provide the continuity and oversight that the service requires and support the Medical Examiners (ME) in the scrutiny process by managing cases from initial notification through to completion.

The MEO role requires onsite working. The team offices are based in two hospitals within Barts Health NHS Trust, there is an expectation of cross-site working.

The usual hours for this role are 08:00 -16:00 (Monday to Friday)

Informal conversations are encouraged.The vacancy may close earlier than the advertised date, so early applications advised.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • Educated to Bachelor's degree level or equivalent working knowledge in related field or evidence of study/equivalent practical experience at an advanced level this might include nursing and/or other clinical experience.
  • Completed e-LfH MEO core training modules (must be completed prior to starting in post).


  • Formal MEO training provided by the Royal College of Pathologists



  • To have qualifications/skills in day-to-day operational/process management of a customer-facing service where users may have unpredictable and emotionally charged needs.
  • The ability to work in a highly pressurised, unpredictable environment where bereavement care is central to the service delivery.
  • Experience of working in a healthcare or related setting with multi-disciplinary teams and of working across organisational boundaries


  • Aware of the National Quality Board Learning from deaths framework and Structured Judgement Review methodology.

Knowledge and skills


  • Understand medical terminology that enables informed discussions about causes/circumstances of death with bereaved families, clinicians, coroner, and registration service staff.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of the various faith groups with an awareness of equality and diversity surrounding death certification & arrangements to enable respectful compliance with tight and specific timescales and procedures.
  • Highly evolved empathetic and self-awareness skills to deal with bereaved families who may have barriers to understanding.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to engage at all levels including senior clinicians/coroners about sensitive issues.
  • Ability to work effectively and credibly with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to organise work around changeable competing demands and fluctuating workloads.
  • Demonstrable ability to work to deadlines and achieve agreed objectives.
  • Computer literate to use multiple IT software for recording personal identifiable data and producing statistical information for the National Medical Examiner's office and Public Health surveillance. To include Access, Word, Excel, O365


  • Knowledge of Coroners and Justice Act 2009 reference to the Medical Examiner system. Full understanding of the Medical Examiner system operational remits
  • Knowledge of the statutory process around death certification legal frameworks and how the medical examiner system aligns with other related organisations and NHS initiatives.



  • Team player with evidence that personal behaviours reflect Trust Values.
  • Approachable and supportive to all levels of staff and the bereaved in a non-judgemental manner.
  • Maintains a professional calm manner, attitude, and appearance.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a flexible manner to changing priorities.
  • Proactive and self-motivated, escalates where appropriate.
  • Discreet - able to work confidentially.

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Royal London Hospital (Cross sites/Trust wide)


E1 1FR

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