- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- knowledge of English language
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- knowledge of medicine and dentistry
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
In this role you could bedeciding the cause of death by analysing all the available information; talking to other professionals involved, like the deceased's doctor; ordering a post-mortem examination if there are questions around the cause of death; holding an inquest into the death if you believe one is needed; notifying the registrar about the death, and results of any inquest; dealing with upset relatives; writing reports and recommendations to prevent future deaths
You could work in an office, in a court or in an NHS or private hospital.
You can find out more about becoming a coroner from the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.