What is Verification of Expected Death?

Verification of Expected Death is the process of the registered nurse deciding that death has occurred. This must be done in line with local policy and procedures which will list circumstances where this skill can be carried out.
The registered nurse is not suggestion the cause of death but the fact that death has occurred.
The nurse will carry out clinical checks which the training demonstrates and complete approriate documentation aswell as clear communication to all involved during this sensitve time.

What we are doing?

This is a very ambitious project but our vision is that every nursing home nurse has access to this training. We are realistic and are aware that not every nurse will complete and/or use the training but we want the nurses to have access and have that choice. This training is open to all registered nurses but our initial focus is on those working in Nursing Homes.

How we are doing it?

By providing a blended learning course for free
Talking to people involved to spread the word
Following up after training to see what the impact has been

How you can get involved?

TELL PEOPLE!!! Spread the word – social media, word of mouth, calls and emails, shouting from roof tops, carrier pigeon, manager meetings. Anyway you can think of to let people know about this project.
Get involed by doing the course and telling us how it changed your practice.

Why we are doing it?

This is a very exciting project for us about a very sensitve subject. We believe that through additional training and support all involved in Verification of Excpected Death can benefit.
The deceased – Dignity improved by having less delays in moving to the next stage of care. Delays of 8-12 hours are sadly not uncommon.
The Registered Nurse – With training and support for this extended role you can support the patient in life and after death. We believe this is what we should be aiming for.
The Family and Friends – Less delay of care for their loved on. Less confusion and distress for the cause of the delay. Support with closure with consistency of care with staff you know.
Support staff – Consistency in care and less delay can help you to continue to provide excellent care.
The NHS – This project isn’t an NHS project but at some point in all our lives we think it is a fair statement to say that we will personally use NHS services or someone we know will. With this in mind we believe we should all do our bit to help save The NHS and save the NHS money. By nurses providing the care and not needing to call out of hours GP’s this will have a cost saving impact on The NHS. Out of Hours GP costs approx £100 per hour and this isnt including the driver and use of car. If every nurse in the UK has this extended skill the savings could be HUGE!
GP and Out of Hours GP services – This will have a cost saving impact and appropriate use of resources.


We are offering FREE blended learning. Complete the sign up at the bottom of this page for more details.
We do offer chargable face to face Verification of Expected Death training. Click here for more information or call Selina (01782) 903218 for more information.

What we have achieved so far?

We have received part funding for the project by Keele University
We have used The Clinical Skills Centre at The Royal Stoke Hospital for filming
We have had 70 hours graduate researching the potential cost and savings this training could make
Reached out to Nursing Homes and individuals to make aware of the project and free training
Been in discusions with Local Authority (LA) and Clinical Commisioning Groups (CCGs) to roll out across 2 counties
Developed the blended learning package

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Why and who is this important to?

“Firstly I wish The Care Training Company all the very best of luck with this project. It is a very important subject and one where I feel there is a massive shortage in available training. For our care home this can help to reduce our training costs and improve our end of life care.”

June, Home Manager

“Why has this not been done sooner? I can think of many times if we had this training available it would of improved the care we provided.”

Michelle, Deputy Manager

“This could have savings for all involved both finacial and time.”

Dr Hamish

Why and who is this important to?

“I have known wait times of 12 hours, especially on Bank Holiday weekends. This training can have a positive impact and I will be letting my colleagues know.”

Brenda, RGN

“What a fantastic idea! From our point of view this can help with professional relationships, communication and reducing premature and unecessary out of hours calls when the care home isnt ready for our services.”

Jack, Funeral Director

“I would like all of our nurses to have this training. Some of our nurses can do this but it isnt always that they are on shift when a death occurs. It would be good if we could offer same level of care to all residents, regardless of what nurse is on duty.”

Sandra, HCA

What our customers are saying

"Today we had tracheostomy and catheterisation training for our nurses. Not only was the training information relevant and hands on. Our team were really impressed with the depth of knowledge and clinical experience. This meant real life examples were discussed during training."

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Katrina, Home Care Manager

We supply training accredited by Ofqual & CPD

We work in association with Breakaway Training Ltd & Care consort

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