Death certification e-training

  • Date: 25 February 2019

DOCTORS in Scotland are being encouraged to complete two e-learning modules on death certification.

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

Module 1 is entitled Death Certification: Identifying Common Mistakes and 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 2Certification 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.

DCRS Senior Medical Reviewer Dr 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."

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