Forensic practitioner

Forensic practitioner

“A forensic practitioner provides evidence for the police, through forensic sampling, toxicology, documentation of injuries and provision of a statement to support the criminal justice system”

A forensic practitioner provides evidence for the police, through forensic sampling, toxicology, documentation of injuries and provision of a statement to support the criminal justice system. Above all, the forensic practitioner impartial and objective. This role can be carried out in sexual offence and custody, As a forensic practitioner within sexual offence, you will provide crisis intervention and empowerment of those who have been subject to sexual violence. This includes trauma-informed assessment of healthcare needs in sexual health and avoidance of pregnancy, mental health and emotional distress, drugs and alcohol, safeguarding, and wider vulnerability and ongoing care. You’ll provide expert opinion on the interpretation of injuries and other key areas for juries to understand the evidence base underpinning sexual assault. In custody, you’ll support the welfare of detainees while in custody. These include physical assessment of acute and chronic health needs, mental health and emotional distress, drugs and alcohol dependency, safeguarding, and wider vulnerability and ongoing care. Part of your role will also be to ascertain fitness to interview and detain, and ensure the human rights and needs of the individual are managed in custody.

Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Must be a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or a registered paramedic with the Healthcare Professionals Council

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Higher)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum