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A conversation with a coroner

Video resource

In this video a coroner provides oversight on their role and share insights on how behaving candidly and with transparency can boost the credibility of a witness.

Attending the Coroner’s Court for an inquest can be unfamiliar and feel challenging. The purpose of this first film is to reduce worry. Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for London Inner South, Mr Andrew Harris, describes the role of the Coroner and shares his insights on the importance of candour and transparency. One of the aims is to dispel any possible preconceptions about the role of the coroner, and to explain how best a witness can help the coroner and the family of the patient.

Each film explains the role of the coroner’s court and giving evidence from different perspectives.

The content covers:

  • Role of the coroner
  • Purpose of an inquest
  • When to refer a death to the Coroner
  • The difference between natural and unnatural deaths
  • How you can best assist the court and the family
  • What makes a good witness
  • Coroners’ conclusions and learnings

The purpose of these three films is to share insights about inquests, they are intended to be used as a stand-alone product by those called to be a witness as well as integrated as a part of full inquest training package. We hope they will support all staff working in the NHS who are called to give evidence, so that they can prepare well following the death of a patient in their care.

You can see the other two films in the series here:

A guide, including frequently asked questions is available to review.

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