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.
- Qualification level
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
- Advanced Forensic Practitioner
- Forensic Medical Examiner
- Forensic Nurse
- Forensic Nurse Practitioner
- Forensic Paramedic
- Forensic Physician
- Forensic Practitioner
- Healthcare Professional
- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
- Sexual Office Examiner
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Core. Using appropriate tools such as DASH and CSE to assess the patient and identify sexual abuse, domestic violence and wider vulnerability needs.
- Core. Identifies a forensic strategy, which includes consideration of account, cross-contamination and evidence base in accordance with the FFLM Recommendations for the Collection of Forensic Samples from Complainants and Suspects.
- Core. Take evidential samples competently such as: skin swabs, intimate samples, toxicology and others in accordance with the FFLM Recommendations for the Collection of Forensic Samples from Complainants and Suspects.
- Core. Document injuries accurately including use of camera systems where appropriate.
- Core. Use an exhibit list and ensure chain of evidence process is completed.
- Core. Construct a written statement for court.
- Core. Give oral evidence in court and respond to cross examination.
- Core. Critically appraise the evidence in written statements and write objectively.
- Core. 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.
- Core. Obtain valid consent and record it.
- Core. Manage confidentiality in a forensic environment.
- Core. Establish duty of care and continuity of care of patients by creating care plans, referrals and signposting.
- Core. Mentor, coach and supervise others, such as the wider professional team.
- Core. Recognise the needs of those who are poorly performing and identify and implement, an appropriate performance plan for improvement.
- Core. Communicate within a criminal justice setting in accordance with the Forensic Science Regulator Legal Guidance (FSR, 2020).
- Core. Identify your personal belief systems.
- Core. Participate in clinical supervision.
- Core. Assess an individual and identify and record acute and chronic mental health conditions and disorders.
- Core. Undertake a suicide/self-harm risk assessment.
- Core. Clean the room in preparation for a forensic examination.
- Core. Manage organisational learning and quality improvement.
- Core. Respect individual's diversity, beliefs, culture, needs, values, privacy and preferences.
- Core. Identify their own unconscious bias and act with objectivity.
- Core. Identify the different injury types and their significance as evidence.
- Custody. Manage acute medical symptoms including: shortness of breath, seizures & chest pain.
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