Four consultants named Medical Examiners
25 April 2019
A group of Southend Hospital’s Consultants are some of the first across England and Wales to become nationally recognised Medical Examiners.
Mr. Bandipalyam Praveen - Consultant, Gastrointestinal &
Laparoscopic Surgery, Mr. Julian Sturt - Consultant, Colorectal
Surgery, Dr. John Day - Consultant, General Medicine &
Infectious Diseases and Dr. David King - Consultant, Critical Care,
have been awarded their title by the Royal College of
Medical Examiners were introduced to Southend University
Hospital in May 2018 as a part of the mortality improvement
project. Almost a year later, the Trust is considered to be an
early adopter site, and continues to be a forerunner in developing
systems that enable improvements for bereaved families and help the
Trust learn lessons from death that improve quality of care.
By becoming some of the very first 'RCPath ME' Doctors, our
medical examiners can continue to strengthen the safeguards for the
public - by providing robust and independent scrutiny of the
medical circumstances and cause of deaths, and ensuring the right
deaths are referred to the coroner, improve the quality of
certification - by providing expert advice to doctors based on a
review of the relevant health records.
It also means they can escalate incidences of poor or very poor
care from concerns raised by the scrutiny of the case notes or from
concerns raised by bereaved families or carers.
Crucially they will help improve communication and partnership
with our bereaved families by helping avoid additional distress for
the bereaved that can result from unanswered questions about the
certified cause of death or unanswered questions about concerns in
Kerri Legg, Head of Nursing and Medical Examiner Implementation
Lead Nurse, said: "To be amongst the first Medical Examiners in the
country with these qualifications is a reflection on the commitment
and dedication that our consultants show to improving death
certification and mortality governance for our patients.
"Our Medical Examiners continue to provide scrutiny to all
non-coronial inpatient deaths and escalate through clinical
governance systems, any incidence of poor care. Having these
qualifications ensure that they are doing so according to
nationally recognised best practice."
Image (l-r): Mr. Julian Sturt - Consultant, Colorectal
Surgery and Mr. Bandipalyam Praveen - Consultant,
Gastrointestinal & Laparoscopic Surgery