We are looking for a Senior Medical Doctor (Consultant or GP) to join us as a Medical Examiner. You 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.
You will be contracted for a number of sessions a week to undertake medical examiner duties, outside of their usual clinical duties.
Medical Examiners will take a consistent approach to the formulation of Medical certificates of cause of death content, which must be clinically accurate and reflect any discussions with the next of kin/informant. Medical examiners will not have been involved in the care of the deceased patients for deaths they scrutinise.
Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.
For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.
What we can offer you
As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.
All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.
Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.
What you’ll do
The UHS Medical Examiners Service is about to expand to cover all community deaths in the region and require additional consultant MEs to deliver the service.
Medical examiners examine deaths to:
- agree the proposed cause of death and the overall accuracy of the medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) with the doctor completing it
- discuss the cause of death with the next of kin/informant and establish if they have questions or any concerns with care before death
- act as a medical advice resource for the local coroner
- inform the selection of cases for further review under local mortality arrangements and contribute to other clinical governance procedures
What we’re looking for
We are looking for a Consultant or GP who is empathetic and able to adapt their approach to suit a variety of situations and audiences. Successful candidates will have the ability to liaise with the bereaved of all faiths and communities in a compassionate, sensitive and understanding manner. Medical Examiners will have a close working relationship with the Bereavement Care Team, Mortuary staff, Spiritual Care Team, the Coroner’s Office and the Trusts’ Governance Team.
Registered with a licence to practice in the UK by the GMC.
As a pre-condition of practicing, an Medical Examiner 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.
Pay and conditions
Consultants will be employed under the terms and conditions of service for Consultants (England) 2003. Salary will be assessed in line with terms and conditions £84,559 - £114,003
GP will be employed under the terms and conditions of service for Specialty Doctors – England (2021) Salary will be assessed in line with terms and conditions £45,124 - £77,519
Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.