Death Certification – New Animation Launched
A new short animated film is now available which is designed to guide certifying doctors through the process of completing a paper-based Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, or MCCD in Scotland. This was created in collaboration with NES and the Death Certification Review Service (DCRS) at Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
An inaccurate MCCD can lead to further upset for people who are bereaved and may delay funeral arrangements, so taking the time to complete the form in the right way can have a major impact. Also, by completing the MCCD accurately, certifying doctors are helping to provide better quality information about causes of death.
"When the Death Certification Review Service (DCRS) asked NES for help with a resource for all doctors on ‘How to complete a paper-based Medical Certificate of Cause of Death in Scotland’, we had not anticipated such an innovative outcome. The brief was a concise and readily understandable way to help certifiers refresh their knowledge both for planned CPD but also something that could be used ‘real-time’ when the need arose. Given the medicolegal importance of the production of an MCCD, especially for bereaved relatives, I have no hesitation in commending this material as the ‘go-to’ material in these circumstances"
Dr C George M Fernie, Senior Medical Reviewer & Caldicott Guardian, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Death Certification Review Service.