You must have been a registered professional with either; the Nursing and Midwifery Council for at least 4 years or if a Paramedic 2 years with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and must have appropriate experience (HO, 2012), where forensic examination of alleged Perpetrators is part of your role . You will be responsible for identifying a Preceptor in your workplace who meets the UKAFN and Staffordshire University’s Criteria for Advanced Forensic Practice Preceptor.
It is expected that you will have a minimum academic qualification of a First Degree or equivalent. If you do not have a first degree you will need to demonstrate you have evidence of recent study at this level.
Months of entry
This award is designed by Health Professionals for those who work in the field of forensic medicine. This long awaited innovation is the first forensic qualification, professionally badged by the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN), providing recognition in this specialist field.
This course is a collaboration between the Faculties of Health, Science and the Law School and utilises our combined unique resources of a full size court room for assessments by qualified legal experts in providing oral evidence in court, along with a fully refurbished Crime Scene House, complete with CCTV and an observation room, where you will be assessed by forensic experts and experienced ex-police officers. The award is aimed at all nurses and healthcare professionals working in a custody, or sexual offences role. The course will be competency assessed and has been developed with consideration to the Department of Health core elements of Advanced Practice. (DH, 2010)
This award will underpin the legal, forensic and clinical knowledge to ensure practitioners work in an evidenced based manner and will fulfil the requirements to be a competent witness in court. The course will embrace the principles set by the FFLM, UKAFN, NPIA, along with other regulatory and professional bodies.
For those practitioners following the custodial pathway, the content will include PACE, Safer Detention and Handling, along with the Road Traffic Law.
For those following the sexual assault pathway, this will include competency in assessing victims of sexual assault, aftercare needs and understanding the evidence base related to sexual assault.
Information for international students
For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:
Fees and funding
Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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