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Crime, Forensic & Investigative Sciences

Advanced Forensic Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship in Custody or Sexual Offences
PgCert

 

Course overview

Doctors, nurses and paramedics working in sexual assault referral centres and within pathways for sexual violence services and police custodial settings will be interested in this course. It meets the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses & Paramedics (UKAFN) Advanced Standards in Education and Training (ASET) in Forensic Practice which is a national benchmark for the competencies required for identified roles within custodial and sexual offence settings.

Successful completion of this course will entitle you to receive a UKAFN ASET certificate, which is recognised by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, UKAFN and the College of Paramedics as being the qualification for healthcare practitioners working in forensic practice.

The advanced forensic practitioner role provides evidence for the police, understanding the ethical frameworks of healthcare within the criminal justice system. It ensures complex decision making and takes into account the individuals rights, standards of professional bodies and also respects that there is a public interest and a right to justice. In both sexual offence and custody settings, a forensic practitioner works as an autonomous individual undertaking triage, assessment and care/management plan formation which meets the needs of the criminal justice system, healthcare and safeguarding. This course is jointly delivered with our collaborative partner, the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, an organisation set up to develop and maintain the highest possible standards of competence and professional integrity in forensic and legal medicine.

 

Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Forensic Investigative Strategy

You develop an understanding of the principles associated with crime scene science and its relationship with forensic analysis and the legal process. You address key areas in forensic practice such as quality standards, evidence continuity and contamination issues. You also get an understanding of the methodologies used for processing and examination of physical evidence.

Your lectures are supported by a series of practical sessions which include evidence recovery at a mock crime scene and the initial forensic examination of recovered items. You are assessed by a presentation (30%) and a report (70%).

Legal Issues and Evidence Reporting

Forensic evidence of all types plays a major role in the detection of crime and the successful investigation of other types of incident such as road traffic collisions and natural disasters. You explore the legal and procedural contexts in which forensic science operates, providing you with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge for the gathering, examination and presentation of evidence in a range of situations.

You attend a series of keynote lectures, seminars and a practical session in the University’s replica courtroom. You may have an opportunity to visit a local coroner’s office and/or court. You are assessed by a portfolio (30%) and evidence in the form of a written statement and verbal presentation in a simulated courtroom situation (70%).

 

and one optional module

Advanced Clinical Forensic Practice (Custody)

You focus on the application of general forensic medicine theory into clinical practice by a combination of class-based teaching and supervised, assessed clinical practice. This will provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to fulfil the role of a healthcare professional (forensic physician, nurse or paramedic) involved with the care of patients when they are in contact with the criminal justice system. The module discusses some of the common procedures and applications used in clinical forensic medicine, forensic pathology and the investigation of suspicious deaths and it includes a thorough examination of the associated legislation to expand your existing knowledge within the subject area. You evaluate ethical issues, legal issues and the appropriateness of scientific forensic examination techniques. Analysis, interpretation and evaluation of scientific procedures relevant to the subject area will also be required.

The UKAFN ASET competency framework will be completed in the workplace as part of this module over the duration of the course.

Advanced Clinical Forensic Practice (Sexual Offence)

You focus on the application of general forensic medicine theory into clinical practice by a combination of class based teaching and supervised, assessed clinical practice. This will provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to fulfil the role of a Healthcare Professional (Forensic Physician, Nurse or Paramedic) involved with the care of patients when they are in contact with the Criminal Justice System. The module discusses some of the common procedures and applications used in clinical forensic medicine and it includes a thorough examination of the associated legislation to expand your existing knowledge within the subject area. You will be required to evaluate ethical issues, legal issues and the appropriateness of scientific forensic examination techniques. Analysis, interpretation and evaluation of scientific procedures relevant to the subject area will also be required.

The UKAFN ASET competency framework will be completed in the workplace as part of this module over the duration of the course.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

The course combines and integrates both academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and the University. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning from the start of the course with support from the teaching team and within your organisation. You learn in a range of ways including lectures, seminars and laboratory practical sessions. You can also access our virtual learning environment, allowing you to engage with the learning and tutors whilst in the workplace. Each unit of credit corresponds to ten hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours).

You will attend the following sessions across a 12-month period:

Induction: three days at the start of the course
Forensic Investigative Strategy: one day per week for 12 weeks in Semester 1
Legal Issues and Evidence Reporting: one day per week for 12 weeks in Semester 2
Advanced Clinical Forensic Practice: two consecutive days at the start of Semester 1 and two consecutive days at the start of Semester 2

Work-based learning

You work through the UKAFN Competency Framework during the 12 months of the programme, ensuring at least 20% of their time is spent in off-the-job training which in addition to the taught component, may include activities such as practical training: shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attendance at competitions; learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments.

How you are assessed

You will be assessed by various methods throughout the 12-month course including; written assignments, presentations, oral and written evidence for ccourt, and a reflective log.

You will already be working in a healthcare setting where forensic examinations of individuals are undertaken and will need to identify a preceptor within the workplace who meets the UKAFN criteria for forensic clinical preceptors. You work through a competence framework for advanced forensic practitioners where individual competencies of your specialist area will be signed off by your assessor who will assess the level of competence and whether you have met the UKAFN Standard for Forensic Practitioner’s Training.

On successful completion of the course, you will proceed through a Gateway to the final six months of consolidation in the workplace. The EPA will be completed in a maximum six-month period, which includes the time needed for you to prepare for and undertake the EPA. The EPA comprises two discrete assessment methods, a Demonstration of Practice and a Professional Discussion.

 
 

Entry requirements

You must be a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or a registered paramedic with the Healthcare Professionals Council, or a doctor registered with the General Medical Council.

Normally you will be expected to be an honours graduate of any discipline, with a minimum of a 2.2 obtained from a recognised university, or hold an equivalent professional qualification acceptable to the School. You will also need to demonstrate achievement of English and mathematics qualification at a minimum of Level 2.

Apprentices will be considered for entry if they do not meet these criteria if they have significant health care practitioner experience.

Applicants seeking to study the PgCert Advanced Forensic Practitioner will be nominated by their employer. The employing organisation will set the selection criteria for your apprenticeship (such as previous experience, length of time within relevant post or qualifications).

For additional information please see our entry requirements

 

Employability

Career opportunities

Typical job roles include sexual offence examiner, forensic nurse practitioner, sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE), forensic medical examiner, forensic physician, forensic nurse examiner, healthcare professional, forensic practitioner, forensic nurse, forensic paramedic.

 
 

Full-time

  • Not available full-time
 

Part-time

2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,000

More details about our fees

  • Length: Typically 18 months
  • Attendance: 12 months on programme and then EPA completed within 6 months of passing Gateway
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Semester dates

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Skills

Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.

 

Earnings

The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, tees.ac.uk/source)

 

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