Death certification

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Learning materials to support death certification in Scotland.

Death Certification: Identifying Common Mistakes
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This module is intended for doctors who are completing medical certificates of cause of death in Scotland or doctors who have finished a training module on death certification and wish to confirm or improve their understanding of the subject.

Before starting the module, it might be helpful to review one or more of these resources:

The module should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Note: You will need to register for a free Turas account to access this module. Your progress will be recorded and will be available to verify your course completion within your NHS Board area. The downloadable completion certificate at the end of the module is available for insertion into your personal learning record.

Certification of Deaths in the Community
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This module 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.

Before starting the module, it might be helpful to review one or more of these resources:

The module should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

This module does not cover completion of the medical certificate of cause of death itself. This topic is covered in another learning module.

Note: You will need to register for a free Turas account to access this module. Your progress will be recorded and will be available to verify your course completion within your NHS Board area. The downloadable completion certificate at the end of the module is available for insertion into your personal learning record.

Death certification, the review process and discussions with families

In this short film (aimed at medical staff in Scotland), Dr George Fernie (Senior Medical Reviewer, Healthcare Improvement Scotland) is seen in conversation with Dr Katherine Ritchie (Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow) regarding the completion of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCD), talking about the content of these with families and the MCCD review process. 

A transcript for this video can be found here.

Click on the image to the right to watch the video or here to view it on the NHS Education for Scotland Vimeo channel