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Coroner’s Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We are looking for a full-time Coroners Officer to provide investigative support to the Coroners in Milton Keynes, so that they can deliver their statutory obligations with regard to reported deaths, according to the requirements of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

The post holder will be required to perform a wide range of duties related to the Coroners function. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with relevant knowledge and previous experience, either as a Coroners Officer or in another relevant field of work, e.g. nursing, para medicine, bereavement support or policing.

Main Responsibility

  • Post holders will be required to work without supervision and use a high level of initiative in decision making.
  • Assimilate information and reports of death.
  • Liaise with bereaved families ensuring they are fully informed at all stages of the coroners’ process.
  • Collate evidence and make relevant arrangements to ascertain identification and causes of death.
  • Prepare investigation files for the Coroner for inquests.
  • Out of hours on call duties will be expected on a rotational basis with team members.
  • DBS will be required as part of the role, along with a full driving licence.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Confident in dealing with a range of people including the bereaved, police officers and staff, medical personnel and other external agencies.
  • A good knowledge and understanding of medical terminology, common diseases and disorders, treatments and potential complications is preferable.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability to work flexibly and effectively when under pressure in a demand led service.
  • Must be able to produce work with meticulous attention to detail, clearly evidence excellent organisational and time management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks at short notice.
  • Must be competent in using Microsoft applications.
  • Candidates must be emotionally resilient. As well as dealing with reports of death as part of their daily duties there will be occasions when they will need to attend a scene of death or post mortem and be in the close proximity to the deceased.
  • Candidates must have confidence when dealing with external parties to direct processes on occasions in order to meet the legal requirements of the coronial system.
  • Diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills and ability to communicate at all levels of the organisation and with the general public.
  • Maintain high standards of personal presentation and hygiene during the performance of duties.
  • Carry out other duties commensurate with the post or as directed by the line manager.
  • The position is likely to involve travel around the Milton Keynes area.

Package Description

​We are really proud of the benefits we are able to offer our staff here at Milton Keynes City Council, including:-

  • Local Government Pension Scheme, considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates of 18.8%.
  • 27 days annual leave per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years. From April 2023 this will increase to 28, and 32 days after 5 years.
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme.
  • Our Professional Development Centre provides access to courses such as in-house management development programmes endorsed by the Institute of Leadership, Apprenticeship Programmes (junior and senior), coaching and mentoring and access to our Smarter Learning portal
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Health Cashplan.
  • MK Advantage benefits package – a range of savings on a wide range of retail, leisure and entertainment products and services such as Pizza Express, M&S, B&Q, John Lewis and Arriva Travel.
  • Blue Light Card - Employees working within Social Care can qualify for a range of discounts from national retailers to local businesses in a wide range of categories including holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance, phones and much more!
  • SmartGo – Aimed at encouraging low-carbon transport and healthy lifestyle with discounted travel e.g. Halfords, Arriva, Europcar, National Railcards and Stagecoach.
  • Homebuy Scheme (for eligible roles).
  • Smarter working which provides the opportunity to work from various locations including from home for a proportion of your role (subject to business needs).
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements.
  • Childcare Subsidy.

About the Company

Milton Keynes is a diverse, welcoming, and expanding place, built on smart ideas with even bigger plans for the future. We have world class attractions, beautiful open spaces, and a great standard of living.

Milton Keynes City Council is one of the largest employers in the region, making a difference every day for local people. We’re responsible for all local government services in MK including education, housing, highways, and social services - around 240 services in all.

Our values are to be dedicated, respectful, and collaborative. If this sounds like you, join us for a stimulating and fulfilling career measured on results, and a rewarding work-life balance.

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