This post is fixed term for 12 months – a permanent position will be available at the end of the term providing the candidate completes the required training pathway.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual with nursing, clinical or allied healthcare experience to join the team of Medical Examiner Officers in North Wales. Across Wales, the existing Medical Examiner Officer team includes MEO’s from a variety of backgrounds including nursing, biomedical scientists, ODPs, clinical audit, paramedics and dietetics. Other suitable backgrounds will be considered but experience in a healthcare setting is essential.
The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.
Main duties of the job
The Medical Examiner Service is currently undergoing development as part of the national implementation of the Medical Examiner system in England and Wales.
Medical Examiners will carry out independent scrutiny of deaths in order to establish the correct cause of death, and identify cases where further investigation into the circumstances of that death is necessary. The role of the Medical Examiner Officer is to support Medical Examiners in their role in scrutinizing the circumstances and causes of death. This support will include:
Review and analyze information relating to the circumstances of death and care provided as documented in the medical and clinical records.
Discuss cases and assist in drawing up causes of death with the medical practitioners and Medical Examiners present.
Discussing with the bereaved and explaining the causes of death and identifying and gathering information relating to concerns.
Passing on the opinion and advice of the Medical Examiners to medical professionals, Coroner’s offices, registration services and the bereaved.
Be a point of contact and source of advice for relatives of deceased patients, healthcare professionals and the Coroner and Registration Services regarding the role of the Medical Examiner.
At NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership we have high standards and expect everyone to embrace our values of Listening & Learning, Working Together, Taking Responsibility & Innovating, whilst ensuring trust, honesty and compassion are implicit in everything that we do.
We are adaptable, agile and flexible and pride ourselves on being a learning organisation – one where it is safe to make mistakes, where blame is replaced by opportunity, learning and improvement. Innovation is built into everything that we do.
We recognise our people regularly and have an Appreciation Station, to encourage staff to applaud exemplary behaviour in one another, alongside an Annual Staff Recognition Award ceremony aligned to our values.
We respect and value our people and strive for a culture of compassion and inclusivity. We are a bilingual organisation, and we have a team of Change Champions who advocate ‘This is Our NWSSP’ our principal change programme. Similarly, PROUD is our new staff network welcoming LGBT+ colleagues and allies to come together in a safe space for discussions, event planning and the opportunity to build supportive networks.
We have a comprehensive benefits package where there is something for everyone, supporting health, engagement and wellbeing and includes an Employee Assistance Programme. We have over 30 Mental Health First Aiders and work in partnership with local and national organisations to ensure the well-being and resilience of our people.
31 January 2023
Agenda for change
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.
- Educated to degree level/equivalent working knowledge
- Completed e-Learning for Health MEO training – core modules
- A commitment to the concept of lifelong learning and undertaking personal development opportunities
- Experience of working as a Medical Examiner’s Officer or in a role which involves working in a clinical or bereavement setting
- Completion of the Royal College of Pathologists face to face MEO training
- Experience of working with people in sensitive and emotional situations
- Experience working in a healthcare or related setting with multi-disciplinary teams and of working across organisational boundaries
- Experience of working with bereaved families or in a clinical setting with patients and relatives
- Knowledge of the special requirements of the various faith groups with an awareness of equality and diversity issues surrounding death certification & arrangements
- Working knowledge or experience of the Medical Examiner system
- Strong interpersonal skills demonstrating the ability to communicate in difficult and emotional situations with empathy and understanding
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage at all levels including senior clinicians/coroners etc. about sensitive issues
- Ability to organise work around changeable competing demands and fluctuating workloads
- Ability to work effectively and credibly with multidisciplinary teams
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to 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) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .