Death certification

The Department of Health is working with a wide range of organisations to simplify and strengthen the process of death certification as part of its response to the recommendations of the Shipman Inquiry. The proposed changes will require the certified cause(s) of all deaths that are not investigated by a coroner to be independently scrutinised and confirmed by a locally appointed medical examiner. The changes will also offer an important opportunity to provide improved information on cause of death to strengthen public health surveillance.

Death certification reforms update: newsletter issue 2

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2013. There have been a number of important developments to share with you since the last newsletter. the Francis Inquiry report was published on … Read more → – Death certification reforms update: newsletter issue 2

Update for coroners on death certification reforms

Updated document on 5 October with minor changes. This update has been prepared for coroners to respond to frequently asked questions about the proposed reforms to death certification. It may … Read more → – Update for coroners on death certification reforms

Death certification reforms update – newsletter issue 1

Introduction Welcome to our brand new two monthly newsletter.   It is designed to keep you up to date with the death certification reforms as they progress. We do hope that … Read more → – Death certification reforms update – newsletter issue 1

Improving the process of death certification

In a letter to Directors of Public Health, Professor John Newton explains why the death certification reforms have been put back to April 2014.  Since his August 2011 update, he … Read more → – Improving the process of death certification

Updated guidance for the management of deaths resulting from a flu pandemic

This updated guidance document proposes changes to the procedures for death and cremation certification that could be used in a severe influenza pandemic. It would enable doctors to spend as … Read more → – Updated guidance for the management of deaths resulting from a flu pandemic

Death certification reforms update

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has written to the Death Certification National Steering Group members to advise that the full implementation of the proposed new local medical examiner (ME) service has … Read more → – Death certification reforms update

Death certification programme – working in partnership

The death certification programme is working closely with a wide range of partner organisations, and is co-ordinated by a National Steering Group that includes clinicians, coroners, NHS managers, as well … Read more → – Death certification programme – working in partnership