The latest offerings in our series of free online e-learning modules are now available for MDU members.

Part of our series of free online learning modules for MDU members, our latest courses take you through completing death certificates and when to refer a death to the coroner, and risk management in primary care.

For the full range of our e-learning modules on a wide range of topics, as well as a list of our upcoming face-to-face courses, go to

Completing death certificates and referral to the coroner

Designed as a standalone course, this module will be helpful for all doctors who need to complete a death certification. It covers who can complete a medical certificate of cause of death, takes you through how to fill one in, and looks at when a death needs reporting to the coroner.

Throughout the course, you'll tackle interactive questions and scenarios to help you apply and cement what you've learned. You'll also have the chance to tailor the content of the course depending on whether you work in primary or secondary care.

The course is made up of four chapters and should take about half an hour to complete. You don't have to complete the course in one sitting - just save your progress as you to complete it in your own time. And when you finish, pass a short quiz to earn a downloadable certificate of completion.

Take the course: Completing death certificates and referral to the coroner

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Risk management in primary care

This e-learning module covers how risk management can help you identify and address risks before they lead to a near miss or actual harm.

Using the framework of a typical adverse incident, it looks at:

  • some universal areas of concern in everyday practice
  • how to identify risk factors
  • what risk management tools you can use to mitigate these factors
  • some well-rehearsed practice protocols and safety netting advice.

This course will be useful for GP principals, practice managers, and anyone in the practice involved in risk management. It is free, and available for members only. The course is made up of one module and will take about an hour to complete.

Take the course: Risk management in primary care

This page was correct at publication on 31/10/2022. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.