1st Edition

The Medical Examiner Service A Practical Guide for England and Wales

Edited By Jason Payne-James, Suzannah Lishman Copyright 2022
    240 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    240 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book provides a practical guide for all those working in or with Medical Examiner Services in England and Wales. It is an adjunct to the e-learning and face-to-face training required to fulfil the Medical Examiner and Medical Examiner Officer roles.

    Medical Examiner Services also work closely with a wide range of stakeholders including bereavement and mortuary teams, Coroners and their Officers, Registrars, Funeral Directors and those working in clinical governance and patient safety. This book provides an essential overview of all aspects of the Medical Examiner system for anyone working in these areas, or in any aspect of the support and management of the deceased and bereaved.

    • A concise guide including the knowledge base required to develop and run a Medical Examiner Service
    • Content is completely aligned with required training
    • Written by those with direct experience of establishing and working with Medical Examiner Services
    • Relevant to a wide range of stakeholders who work with patients and the bereaved

    1. Background to the Medical Examiner Service in England & Wales 

    Jason Payne-James and Suzy Lishman

    2. The Medical Examiner Service in England & Wales: Structure

    Jason Payne-James, Suzy Lishman, and Jason Shannon

    3. The Role of the Regional Medical Examiner and Regional Medical Examiner Officer

    Ellen Makings and Siobhan Costello

    4. The Role of the Medical Examiner

    Golda Shelley-Fraser

    5. The Role of the Medical Examiner Officer

    Daisy Shale and Louise Parapanos

    6. Completing a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death

    Suzy Lishman and Jason Payne-James

    7. Basics of Law for Medical Examiners & Medical Examiner Officers

    Nigel Callaghan and Gabriel Callaghan

    8. Role of the Bereavement Service

    Mary Hepple

    9. The Role of the Registration Officer (Registrar)

    Deborah Smith

    10. The Role of the Coroner

    Paul Marks

    11. Medical Examiner Service and its Relationship with Mortality Governance

    Berenice Lopez

    12. The Medical Examiner Service in the Community

    Katie Carpenter

    13. The Medical Examiner Service and Child Death Reviews

    Nigel L Kennea

    14. Law & Procedures Related to Burial & Cremation

    Nigel Callaghan and Gabriel Callaghan

    15. Faith Implications of the Medical Examiner System

    Mohammed Omer, Chandu Tailor, and Daniel Elton

    16. The Role of the Funeral Director

    Brian Parsons

    17. The Role of the Mortuary

    Lee Gibbs and John Pitchers

    18. The Medical Reviewer System in Scotland

    George Fernie



    Jason Payne-James (co-editor) Lead Medical Examiner, Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals University Trust Specialist in Forensic & Legal Medicine Past-President, Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians Honorary Clinical Professor, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London

    Suzy Lishman (co-editor) Lead Medical Examiner, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust Consultant Histopathologist, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust Chair – Medical Examiners’ Committee – Royal College of Pathologists Past-President, Royal College of Pathologists Author – RCPath – Cause of Death List