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Ladycadaver

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I have recently joined my local force as a voluntary coroners support officer. I am really enjoying it and if/when a job becomes available in our small team I would like to apply for it.

 

I've had a read of the job description and know of a few things I can familiarise myself with, including coroners, police procedures, HTA and the registration act. I have quite a medical background so have some knowledge of medical terminology.

 

My question is, is there anything else I can do to get myself "ahead" so to speak? I know that qualifications aren't a necessity looking at the Person Specification, however I wonder if their are any training courses, perhaps a degree or an NVQ I can complete?

 

 

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It may not hurt to be present at a PM. Whilst it is probably not part of the job description it can be part and parcel of the whole process.

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If you can, get to some inquests and put yourself in the position of the family having to listen to the evidence. The practical side of sudden death, pm's etc. etc. is well covered .. being able to to steer the relatives through difficult times dealing with things they are rarely familiar with was something I found very rewarding. Suicides are particularly challenging for the families: the occasions I dealt with one were the days I thought I might just have made a bit of a difference.   

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Cracking idea, thank you Cosmo. I will mention it to my colleagues - I get the feeling they are easing me in gently. They did mention their last volunteer eventually transcribed and I think even read at inquests before she left.

have also wondered about speaking to the bereavement service at our local hospital

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