Medical Examiner Officers manage cases from initial notification through to completion and are essential for the effective and efficient working of the service. They obtain all relevant information and carry out a preliminary review to develop a case file that sets out the circumstances of each death for formal scrutiny by the Medical Examiner. This requires them to work with the Coroner’s Office, Registrars, Bereavement Services, Complaints Managers, Legal Services and Cremation Referees.
Their work is analogous to that of operating department practitioners assisting anaesthetists, scrub nurses assisting surgeons, nurses assisting physicians, and coroner’s officers assisting coroners.
Medical Examiner Officers may undertake some functions of the scrutiny process as delegated by a Medical Examiner, who retains accountability. Delegated functions include discussing proposed causes of death with Qualified Attending Practitioners and contacting the bereaved before the Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death is issued.