Introduction of the Medical Examiner (ME)/ Medical Examiner Officer (MEO)
Following on from the Shipman Inquiry (2005), the Coroners and Justice Act (2009) they have all recommended that medical examiners be introduced across England and Wales to improve the investigation of deaths.
The Medical Examiners will be Senior Doctors who will scrutinise and support the certification of deaths. They will be supported by Medical Examiners Officers (MEO). Both roles will be working independently of the health board and managed by NWSSP.
The Medical Examiner services in Wales are managed by NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership. Further information, including job advertisements and job descriptions, is available at:
National Medical Examiner UK- Dr. Alan Fletcher. The Office of the National Medical Examiner can be contacted by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lead ME for Wales- Jason Shannon.
Programme Director for Wales- Andrew Evans
If you are interested in becoming an ME or MEO for BCUHB, you need to complete the ME Accreditation / Education Programme prior to applying. Details of the training programme can be found via the following link:
Progress to date
National ME updates / progress re: implementation to support service providers / health boards in the process of establishing ME offices can be located via the following links: