Quality’s overall aim is to transform the landscape from its current disparate and fragmented state to one where, from a quality and accreditation perspective, the FCN community operates as a single cohesive unit where quality culture is embedded and accreditation readily achieved.
To achieve this, Quality will:
- work with the FCN community to develop best practice and maintain a set of national standard operating procedures for forensic science capabilities undertaken by the FCN community;
- work closely with Science to develop and agree standard operating procedures for new capabilities that are introduced following trial and evaluation;
- work with the FCN community to implement a robust and effective competence framework to support the continuous professional development of staff and to enable consistent assessment of skills, which will support auditable quality assurance frameworks;
- maintain and develop the competence framework to meet FCN members’ needs and to reflect emerging requirements for new knowledge, skills and behaviours;
- train members in the use of the competence framework, as required, and offer a service to train assessors;
- work with members to undertake a training needs analysis for all new capabilities implemented by the FCN, which will lead to the development of training materials, a training methodology and a competence assessment methodology.
- maintain a catalogue of approved training providers and associated forensic science capabilities,
- help improve overall FCN community quality and performance, ensuring that competence assessments are undertaken regularly and that FCN members have the quality information and support they need.