Death Certification Training For Doctors

Doctors 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 –  ‘Death Certification: Identifying Common Mistakes’ 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 GP practices and may need to deal with sudden or expected deaths in the community.

Janice Turner of NHS Education for Scotland said: “These modules will help to reduce errors and improve communication which will ultimately provide a better experience for those who are bereaved.”

The modules are available at: