Policy Statement

This policy applies where the care service uses or, in line with local policies is expected or permitted to use, qualified nurses to verify an expected death of a service user. Similar procedures apply to the nurse verification of an expected death of a service user at home or in the case of a care home resident.

This policy should be used with reference to the policies on end-of-life care and death of a service user. The policy should also be in line with policies determined by local clinical commissioning groups and medical practitioners.

It recognises that the legal framework for the procedures involved in the event of death is the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953.

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