Any practising, or recently retired, medical practitioner who has been fully registered for at least five years and has a licence to practise with the General Medical Council (GMC) can apply to be a Medical Examiner. The National Medical Examiner recommends that Medical Examiners should be consultant grade doctors or GPs with an equivalent level of experience who have completed the Royal College of Pathology Medical Examiner Training Modules. Non-medics cannot perform the role of the Medical Examiner.
The Medical Examiner Service for Wales also evaluates on going practice via a specifically developed Medical Examiner Competence Framework.
It is typical for Medical Examiners to work a fixed number of sessions per week and although the number of sessions contracted is flexible most Medical Examiners tend to undertake between 1 and 3 sessions per week.