Death certification e-training for doctors

SIDE Death certification e-training for doctorsDoctors in Scotland are being encouraged to complete two e-learning modules on death certification.

The modules, which have been produced by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in partnership with Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Death Certification Review Service (DCRS), are designed to support certifying doctors to complete Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCDs).

Module 1 is entitled ‘Death Certification: Identifying Common Mistakes’. It is intended for doctors who are completing MCCDs in Scotland or doctors who have finished a training module on death certification and wish to confirm or improve their understanding of the subject.

Module 2 – ‘Certification of Deaths in the Community’ – is primarily intended for doctors who are working in general practice in Scotland and may need to deal with sudden or expected deaths in the community.

Janice Turner of NES said, “It is anticipated that completion of both of these modules will help to reduce errors and also improve communication between all relevant clinicians and service providers which will ultimately enable a better experience for those who are bereaved.”

DCRS senior medical reviewer George Fernie said, “These modules are a key component in helping DCRS to deliver its overall aim of improving the quality and accuracy of MCCDs and we would encourage certifying doctors to log on and complete them as a matter of priority.”

The modules are available at

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