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Medical Examiner

Job Reference: 416-ME11229

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
Bedford Hospital
1 PA

Bedford NHS Trust is a uniquely situated NHS Trust with a relatively small footprint with up to 410 beds and over 2700 staff supporting a planned and reactive healthcare service to a cohort of over 300,000. We foster a community spirit within our Hospital underpinned by our Values which allow us to carry out our ethos; “Every Patient Matters”.

The Trust Boards of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital have agreed to explore plans to merge and form one NHS Trust. Under the umbrella of the single NHS Trust, both hospitals will retain their identity and individual hospital names. All key services will remain on both sites and will be managed as single teams across the whole Bedfordshire catchment area. This will bring many benefits for patients including much improved continuity of care

The Medical Examiner (ME) role has been created by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in response to observations made in the Third Report of the Shipman Inquiry. The introduction of the medical examiner system will promote robust, transparent and independent scrutiny of death certification processes for all non-coronial deaths.

The job will involve a discussion with the doctor who will be completing the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, about the care the patient has received during their final admission. It is envisaged that it would take 15-20 minutes per case. The primary screening mortality review of the notes would be completed at the same time

If the body is to be cremated the ME will also complete Part 2 of the cremation form,

Initially the Trust aims to provide a 5 day/week ME service i.e. Monday – Friday, based at Bedford Hospital. This would require the appointment of 5 MEs who would each cover a session on one day of the week remunerated at 1PA per session.

A training package consisting of 26 modules has been produced by the Royal College of Pathologists which will be mandatory for anyone wishing to take up the role;This needs to be followed by a 1 day, face-to-face training day (dates on RCPath website) to be completed within 6 months of appointment.

The appointment is for 3 years in the first instance.

You are invited to apply if you:

  • Have at least 5 years’ experience as a fully registered medical practitioner

  • Are currently practicing either in primary or secondary care or have retired in the last 5 years

  • Hold a licence to practice with the GMC

  • Capacity to undertake the role within your job plan

In addition you will need to demonstrate:

  • Up to date knowledge of medical conditions, treatments and causes of death

  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and processes

  • Knowledge of local and national clinical governance systems

  • Strong communication skills that enable you to deliver the role in a compassionate, professional and discreet manner

  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team



Candidate Care

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust values employee care highly. We will ensure all applicants receive some form of notification/decision throughout the application process. Please ensure your application details are correct as the majority of correspondence is sent digitally (Email / Text).

Please note that we do execute the right to close vacancies early should it be deemed that a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Equality & Diversity and Inclusion

Bedford, a fantastic place to live, It’s one of, if not the most, cosmopolitan town in the UK with over 50 different ethnic groups represented. We too are an advocate of diversity and strive to mirror our community as much possible so we particularly welcome applications from BAME groups.

The Trust is equally keen to receive applications from any of the 9 protected characteristics as we do not tolerate any form of discrimination within the trust.


We take safeguarding very seriously at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust to ensure the safety of our patients which includes children and vulnerable adults. Successful applicants’ offer of employment will be subject to stringent pre-employment checks which include DBS, valid references and more. Please note that providing false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected; or summary dismissal/police action if an applicant has been selected. We have also implemented this into the Trust’s policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

A copy of the DBS code of Practice is available on request.

Probationary Period

For all Agenda for Change posts these are subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 6 months within which the notice period for both you and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is Four weeks.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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