Verification of Expected Death Training


This verification of expected death training is suitable for nurses who are interested in taking on the extended role of verification of expected death.

The course is aimed at staff who wish to develop knowledge and skills in recognising death and the process of verifying an expected death.

Historically medical practitioners would verify expected death; however it is acknowledged by the NMC as an extended role (working within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2009 Scope of Professional Practice).

Therefore registered nurses who have attended training and have been assessed to carry out the role competently can do so, in certain circumstances and in accordance with local policy.

This course reassured me that I would be competent to verify death.

Verification of Expected Death Training Summary

  • Understand what constitutes an “expected death”
  • Identify and recognize the clinical signs of death
  • Perform a relevant clinical examination
  • Terminology including certification, verification & expected death
  • Diagnosis and recognition of death
  • Communication and difficult conversations
  • Understand the legal and professionals framework in relation to the verification of expectant death
  • Understand the role of the Coroner and the related legal issues
  • Person centred care
  • Is there such a thing as a good death? Share the times we got it wrong but also when we got it RIGHT!
  • Documentation – recording the fact of death accurately
  • Evidence of competency.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course delegates will understand what constitutes an expected death.

Delegates will be able to identify and recognize the clinical signs of death and perform a relevant clinical examination.

Delegates will understand the relevant terminology in relation to certificating, verification and expected death.

Delegates will have a greater understanding of the role of the coroner and understand their role in relation to person centred care.

How Many Can Attend Training?

We will run this course for a maximum of 12 delegates – however for larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

Who Will Conduct The Training?

One of our expert clinical tutors, these are either Nurses or Doctors with an abundance of clinical and complex care experience and knowledge – so you’ll be in great hands!

We will let you know who is doing the training in advance, you can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.


This course lasts approximately 3 hours.


Delegates will be issued with certificates of attendance valid for a period of 1 year.

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