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Advanced forensic practitioner (custody or sexual offence) (level 7)

Gathering evidence through forensic sampling, toxicology, documentation of injuries and provision of a statement to support the criminal justice system.

Equivalent to master’s degree
Typical duration
12 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Forensic medical examiner
  • Forensic nurse
  • Forensic nurse examiner
  • Forensic nurse practitioner
  • Forensic paramedic
  • Forensic physician
  • Forensic practitioner
  • Healthcare professional
  • Sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE)
  • Sexual offence examiner
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Resuscitate a person who is unconscious.
  • Manage an acute medical symptoms such as shortness of breath, seizures & chest pain
  • Assess the patient and identify if there is acute or non recent sexual abuse, domestic violence and wider vulnerability needs utilising appropriate risk assessment tools where appropriate
  • Identify a forensic strategy which includes consideration of account, cross contamination and evidence base
  • Take evidential samples competently including skin swabs, intimate samples, toxicology and others
  • Document injuries accurately including use of camera systems where appropriate
  • Prepare an exhibit list and ensure chain of evidence process it completed
  • Construct a written statement for court
  • Give oral evidence in court
  • Critically appraise and write objectively
  • Undertake governance processes such as audit, clinical incident reporting, feedback and to follow policy and processes especially related to infection control, medicines management and health and safety
  • Obtain valid consent and record it effectively
  • Undertake an assessment of capacity and document the outcome including best interests decisions
  • Decide how to manage confidentiality in a forensic environment
  • Ensure continuity of care of patients by effective care plans, referrals and signposting
  • Teach and supervise others including the wider professional team
  • Recognise the needs of those who are poorly performing and identify an appropriate performance plan for improvement
  • Effectively communication within a criminal justice setting
  • Identify your personal belief systems
  • Participate in clinical supervision
  • Assess an individual and identify acute and chronic mental health conditions
  • Assess an individual and identify acute and chronic mental health conditions
  • Clean the room in preparation for a forensic examination
  • Administer and dispense medication safely, following their local processes regarding safety and medicines
  • Effectively communicate to patients who have been exposed to sexual violence
  • Assess, treat and refer for acute and chronic health conditions
  • Assess an individual for fitness to detain and identify management plan including observations where there is an additional medical need
  • Assess an individual for fitness to interview and charge and identify if an appropriate adult is required and interview strategies where there is an additional medical need
  • Assess, treat and refer those who are dependent on drugs alcohol including management of symptoms of withdrawal, brief interventions and referrals to ongoing services and harm reductions strategies including demonstrating the use of approved assessment tools in this setting
  • Apply forensic principles to managing other scenarios

Full information on Advanced forensic practitioner (custody or sexual offence) (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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