2018 Report details for project: Medical Examiners Programme

Project name: Medical Examiners Programme - there are 2 reports for this project: 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DHSC (D12) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2018 (data is from Sept 2017)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The objectives of the Medical Examiners Programme are: • to introduce medical examiners to provide a system of effective medical scrutiny applicable to all deaths that do not require a coroner’s investigation; • to enable medical examiners to report matters of a clinical governance nature to support local learning and changes to practice and procedures; • to increase transparency for the bereaved and offer them an opportunity to raise any concerns; • to improve the quality and accuracy of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death; and • to link the introduction of medical examiners with enhancement to related systems, especially data on avoidable mortality generated from the Learning from Deaths programme.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: In order to move the RAG Rating from amber/red to amber, and then onwards to amber-green, plans are in place to ensure that there are the necessary regulations in place, the programme team undertake consistent cross-Government discussions with relevant Departments and that good stakeholder engagement and communication plans are in place.
Start date: 2007-07-24
End date: 2020-09-30
Schedule text: Following pause for the June 2017 General Election it was confirmed that the Medical Examiner Programme would continue and that consideration should be given to funding options.
Baseline: £0.78m
Forecast: £0.80m
Variance: 3.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £43.06m
WLCost text: The whole life costs of this programme include: 1. on-going funding for two pilot sites that have implemented the medical examiner service for research purposes; 2. a one-off investment of £22m which will be released to help partners prepare for the implementation of medical examiners, covering: • the funding of a new digital system to underpin the functions of medical examiner offices; • costs related to implementation; • remuneration to other Government Departments whose digital systems will be affected by the implementation of the medical examiner service; and • the cost of introducing a new National Medical Examiner role to ensure good governance of the new service. Costs are expressed in line with the project end date 2020/21.
Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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