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Apprenticeship training course

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.

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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