Completing death certificates and referral to the coroner


This module has been updated to reflect the GMC's 'Good medical practice' (2024) guidance.

This standalone course will be useful for any doctor who needs to complete death certification. It will cover who can complete a medical certificate of cause of death, take you through how to fill one in, and look at when a death needs reporting to the coroner.

Throughout the course there are interactive questions and scenarios to facilitate and consolidate your learning. You will have the opportunity to tailor the content based on whether you work in primary or secondary care.

Learning objectives

  • who can complete a medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD)
  • how to complete an MCCD
  • when to report a death to the coroner.

The course is made up of four chapters and will take about half an hour to complete. You don't have to complete the course in one sitting. Save your progress as you go by clicking on the power button in the blue bar.

When you finish you will be able to do a knowledge check and download a certificate of completion.

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  • Dr Olowu
  • 25 December 2023 4:07PM

good course

  • Dr Shanmuganathan
  • 19 December 2023 10:47PM

very useful