Become a medical examiner

You can apply to become a medical examiner if you: 

  • have at least five years’ experience as a fully registered medical practitioner
  • are currently practicing or have retired in the last five years
  • hold a licence to practise with the GMC or the equivalent medical registration from overseas body. 

In addition, you’ll 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 them to deliver their role in a compassionate, professional and discreet manner
  • ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.

Pilot and early adopter sites have typically appointed consultants and GPs as Medical Examiners. Experienced SAS doctors and senior trainees are also eligible to work as Medical Examiners, subject to the requirements of their employing organisation. Medical Examiners should have at least five years post-qualification experience before taking on the role. 

While completion of training is mandatory for all Medical Examiners, there is no automatic entitlement to work as an ME after completing the training. Most organisations will appoint following competitive interviews to identify the individuals best suited to providing the service locally.