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Bank - Medical Examiner

Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Depending on experience per annum pro rata
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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This is an exciting opportunity to join the Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - St Helens and Knowsley Medical Examiner service.

The successful candidate(s) will form part of the Medical Examiner Bank Pool, with the potential for, but not limited to, 1x PA (4-hour session) per week. Consideration will be given to offering permanent contracts after a period. The ability to offer flexibility in the sessions covered would be desirable.

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

Applicants must have full Registration with the GMC for a minimum of five years post registration can apply to be a medical examiner.

As a pre-condition of practicing, an ME must have successfully completed the mandatory components of the national online medical examiner curriculum. Face-to-face training must be completed within the first three months of being in post.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Main duties of the job

We are looking to appoint to the role of Medical Examiner (ME) to join an established ME service hosted by Whiston Hospital. The ME service has been introduced to promote a robust, transparent, and independent scrutiny of the death certification process in response to observations made in the Third Report of the Shipman Inquiry.

We are currently in the second phase of implementation where the service is expanding into the Community setting. The Trust is looking to recruit Consultants and GPs to help support the expansion of the office and is keen for doctors to join our service in the role promoting transparency and independent scrutiny of all non-coronial deaths.

The service is expanding into the local non acute setting providing scrutiny for deaths occurring within Willowbrook Hospice and the local Integrated Care Board areas of Knowsley and St Helens.

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.

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 and Medical Examiners Officers. 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.

About us

The Secretary of State has approved the partnership between St Helens & Knowsley and Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals.

From 1stJuly we have come together as a single organisation under the name Mersey & West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust delivers acute hospital care, intermediate care, community, and primary care services to a population of over 600,000 people with a combined workforce of around 9000 dedicated and skilled staff from 17 locations including Whiston, Southport & Formby, St Helens, Ormskirk and Newton hospitals.

The Trust provides regional services for burns, plastic surgery and spinal injuries to more than 4 million people across Mersey and West Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man and North Wales.

Our Vision is to deliver 5 Star Patient Care:

  • CAREthat is evidence based, high quality and compassionate
  • SAFETY that is of the highest standards
  • COMMUNICATION that is open, inclusive and respectful
  • SYSTEMS that are efficient, patient centred and reliable
  • PATHWAYS that are best practice and embedded, but also respect the individual needs of patients

Our achievements include:

  • Trust rated Outstanding by CQC Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers & Health Service Journal)
  • Awarded National Preceptorship Accreditation (2023) for our Nursing & AHP Preceptorship Programme

Please see our Wellbeing & Benefits booklet for more information on our staff benefits. Accessible version available upon request.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please ensure you have read through the attached Job Description and Person Specification before submitting your application.

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 either consultant grade hospital doctors from a range of disciplines or experienced GPs. 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 whose deaths they scrutinise. They work alongside a team of Medical Examiners Officers (MEOs) who provide administrative and managerial support.

MEs must have up-to-date knowledge of medical conditions and treatments and be able to exercise judgement about when to seek specialist advice.

MEs must have detailed knowledge of the relevant legislation and processes which apply to:

  • The determination of whether a death is natural or unnatural.
  • Deaths that must be reported to the coroner.
  • Deaths abroad where bodies are returned to England and Wales for disposal.

MEs will facilitate routine analysis of MCCD information to identify trends, patterns, and unusual features of deaths.

Training is via the Royal College of Pathologists.

Person Specification

  • Full GMC registration
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • MRCP or equivalent medical qualification

Knowledge & Experience

  • Up-to-date knowledge of causes of death and an understanding of the legal frameworks associated with death certification processes
  • Knowledge of local and national clinical governance systems and an understanding of how the ME can work collaboratively to improve patient safety by identifying sub-optimal clinical and organisational performance
  • Ability to identify available data sources to support the detection and analysis of concerns and to recognise gaps in available knowledge


  • Have the resilience to manage own reaction to frequently distressing situations and support others within the team
  • To sustain professional integrity and independence at all times, particularly where there is the potential for a conflict of interest
  • Ability to work as part of a team and organise a fluctuating workload around competing priorities and numerous interruptions
  • the ability to communicate in difficult and emotional situations with empathy and professionalism


  • Ability to manage and comply with sensitive information-based processes under tight timescales with a proportionate approach
  • Proactive and self-motivated with a flexible working approach
  • Flexible working approach

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