Newly available NHS Education for Scotland educational resources: Death certification and bereavement-related conversations


Death Certification

Two online modules have recently been launched for doctors in order to help improve the quality of completion of medical certificates of cause of death (MCCDs). These resources, which include cases relevant to general practice, community, secondary care and hospice settings, have been jointly produced by NES and the Death Certification Review Service.

The modules are available on Turas Learn and require you to log in thereby enabling certificates of completion. Access the modules here


Bereavement animated educational films

NES has produced a number of short animations to support medics in conversations around end of life and in bereavement situations. E.g. how to talk to families about post mortem examination, break the news of a stillbirth or talk to a child who is bereaved - all openly accessible on the NES Support around Death  website.The latest film, which launched in January, covers conversations about the ‘Withdrawal of Active Treatment within an Intensive Care Setting’.

Following their success, two new films will soon be launched – one featuring reflections upon death often being seen as taboo and another on how to talk and listen to those who are bereaved.

Find out more:If you have any questions or would like to hear more about how NES is working to support improved medic preparedness around bereavement-related situations:

Professor Ronald MacVicar
Postgraduate Dean
NHS Education for Scotland













For more information contact

Ann Sheach, Education Centre Manager 
Tel: 01592 643355 Fax: none Contact Ann Sheach online
By Post: NHS Fife, Victoria Hospital Hayfield Road Kirkcaldy Fife KY2 5AH


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