Verification of Expected Death

Course description

The overall objective of this course is for nurses to have the knowledge, confidence and skills to be able to verify an expected death. These sessions will now include an optional competency assessment.

The course aims and outcomes include:

  • To understand the differences between verification and certification of death;
  • To be able to define the term ‘expected death’;
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the legal issue related to the verification of death, including when and how to refer to a coroner;
  • To describe the professional accountability of each individual practitioner;
  • To be able to determine the physiological signs of death;
  • To understand the correct procedure to follow when carrying out Verification of Death and ensuring that each individual step in the process is fully recorded in the relevant notes.

Format: Half-day course

Suitable for Registered Nurses

Cost: Free, fully-funded by Health Education England

Dates & Timings:

  • 4th October 2019
  • 14th November 2019

Session times for all dates: 09:30-14:30


This training consists of a presentation that lasts around two hours and, if participants wish to be assessed demonstrating their understanding of the process, it can take a couple of hours longer since each participant’s individual assessment takes 20 minutes. Therefore, we need to highlight that participants should set aside 4-5 hours in total for the session and, if they need to be on duty in the afternoon we will try to accommodate their needs but they may not be free until after 1400hrs at the earliest

Venue: Ann Robertson Centre, 55 London Road, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8HQ

Got a question? Call us on 01227 812 616.