Medical examiner (of the documents and cause of death)

Since 2008, over 17,000 cases reviewed, helping inform government policy in the wake of Shipman

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 makes provision for an entirely new service of specialist medical examiners to ensure deaths are correctly and urgently referred to a coroner when necessary and also to ensure deaths are medically certified as accurately as possible.

Alan has extensive experience in pioneering this role since 2008, along with Daisy Shale, senior medical examiner officer. He is the National Clinical Lead for e-learning (Medical Examiners) and gave evidence to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry on the subject. He is Chair of the Royal College of Pathologists Medical Examiners Committee.

The Sheffield pilot for the Department of Health shows a working model of the new system can provide a timely and excellent service for the bereaved.
We are able to provide expert advice regarding the set up and running of a medical examiner system for you. We can provide a range of services ranging from presentations to bespoke consultancy, involving visits and hands on help with set up and databases.
Please submit your enquiry via the Contact details page or by email to
Further information about the medical examiner system can be found here: Department of Health Death Certification Programme
If you want to know more about the role through the e-learning available, visit: e-LfH Medical Examiners

I am located at:

Claremont Hospital

401 Sandygate Road


S10 5UB

Contact me today!

If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment, please contact me:


+44 0114 2715769


Postal address:

PO Box 5859

Sheffield S10 9GF


Or use the contact form.

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