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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/06/2020.

Senior Medical Examiner Officer - North Wales

Job Reference: 120-AC960-0620

Employer:
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership
Department:
Additional Clincial Support/Analyst
Location:
North Wales, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy
Salary:
£31,365 to £37,890 per annum

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership’s Strategic vision, is Adding Value through Partnership, Innovation and Excellence.

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership welcomes applications from people who share our values:

  • Listening and learning

  • Working together

  • Taking responsibility

  • Innovating

For up to date information on NWSSP follow us on Twitter @NWSSP

Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh. Any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English


THIS POST IS FIXED TERM/SECONDMENT FOR 12 MONTHS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THE SECONDMENT POSITION, YOU MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM YOUR CURRENT LINE MANAGER PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR THIS POST.

North Region - The position for this region covers Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board with hub offices located in several sites across the region close to acute care providers.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for 4 full time Senior Medical Examiner Officers to join a new all Wales Medical Examiner Service as part of the national implementation of the Medical Examiner system in England and Wales. The aim of this service is to be able to scrutinise deaths within acute hospitals within one year of development of the service, and by April 2021 to be able to take on the responsibility of reviewing the circumstances of all community deaths in the corresponding areas. To do this, we aim to develop a responsive and fluid service, which is adaptable to the needs of the Health Boards, our patients and our workforce.

This service will: Strengthen safeguards for the public by: providing robust, systematic and independent scrutiny of all deaths not referred directly to the Coroner (cause of death and circumstances impacting on the death); providing intelligent analysis and system level reporting of concerns found during scrutiny; and ensuring that the right deaths are referred to a Coroner

Improve the quality of death certification by: providing expert advice to doctors (QAP) based on a review of relevant health records and avoid unnecessary distress for the bereaved.

Medical Examiners will undertake an independent scrutiny of deaths in order to establish an accurate cause of death, and identify cases where the circumstances surrounding that death requires further investigation. The role of the Medical Examiner Officer is to support Medical Examiners in their role in scrutinising the circumstances and causes of death. This support will include:

Case discussion and assisting in the formulation of causes of death with the attending medical practitioners and Medical Examiners.

Discussion with the bereaved relating to explanation of causes of death and identifying, and gathering information relating to concerns.

Relaying the Medical Examiners thoughts and advice to medical professionals, Coroner’s offices, Registration services and the bereaved.

To be a point of contact and source of advice for users of the service and the Medical Examiners and Officers within the area

This role will incorporate administrative skills in ensuring necessary paperwork is accurate and complete, but also excellent communication skills during liaison with doctors, nurses, families, and where appropriate, the Coroners' and Registration services. Part of the day to day work will also involve the review of patient notes and gathering information the Medical Examiner may require to undertake scrutiny of the medical records, so a good working knowledge of medical terminology and clinical understanding is necessary. As a senior Medical Examiner Officer you will work closely with the Lead MEO for Wales to ensure the Service is delivered in your Region, and will need to monitor performance and quality of the local service and provide reports and statistical analysis on a regular basis. The Senior Medical Examiner Officer will have some line management responsibility for the medical examiner officers within the area and will be involved in the preparation of staff rotas and work schedules for Medical Examiners and Officers, and address service and training needs at a local level. The Senior Medical Examiner Officer will also act as a source of knowledge and expertise for local Medical Examiner Officers and be able to provide them with day-to-day support and guidance on both the clinical and practical aspects of the MEO role.

The Medical Examiner Officer role is anticipated to be hugely rewarding and will improve personal skills for the successful applicant. It is also a highly responsible, challenging and involved role, so will require a dedicated and driven applicant. NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership is seeking applications from professionally registered clinical staff, or from individuals who have previously worked in a supervisory role and have significant experience in mortality review, patient safety or bereavement care. Applicants should also be naturally curious, empathic, be able to demonstrate attention to detail and be committed assisting with the local development of the Medical Examiner Service.

Applicants must have undertaken the mandatory Royal College of Pathologists’ Medical Examiner e-learning modules. Once in post Medical Examiner Officers will undergo formal training appropriate to the role, as provided by the Royal College of Pathologists and via completion of a training programme portfolio and competence assessment, which must be completed within 12 months of starting in post. The role requires continuous training as part of a lifelong learning role and continuous professional development.

You will be required to work in partnership with the Medical Examiners, to assist with the development of the service from start-up and regularly contribute to review and refining this over time. Local Medical Examiner Offices will be based largely on District General Hospital sites, but the role will involve multi-site working within the Medical Examiner Region or between Health Boards, dependant on the location of cases on any given day or week.

If you are interested in applying and would like further information, please contact Daisy Shale Lead Medical Examiner Officer for Wales daisy.shale@wales.nhs.uk

Once all applications have been received, you will be invited to attend a virtual assessment day on the 9th July 2020

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Closing date: 22nd June 2020

 




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