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Medical Examiner

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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Medical Examiners
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Fixed term: 6 months
  • Full time
  • Part time
10 sessions per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£45,124 - £110,683 per annum
Salary period
14/11/2021 23:59

Job overview

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.

Main duties of the job

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.


Working for our organisation

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities


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

This vacancy closes on or before the 14/11/2021.


Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Medical practitioner registered and licensed to practise in the UK by the GMC.
  • Candidates must have successfully completed the mandatory e-learning modules by the time they start the role.


Essential criteria
  • MEs should have up-to-date knowledge of causes of death and an understanding of the legal frameworks associated with death certification processes.

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • IT skills including use of email and commonly used software.

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Ellis Banfield
Job title
Head of Patient Experience
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