The Society of Apothecaries of London – Diploma in the Forensic and Clinical Aspects of Sexual Assault (DipFCASA)

The Society of Apothecaries is to appoint a panel of Examiners for the DipFCASA.

The purpose of this new Diploma is to ensure that those who hold it meet national standards in the quality of care they provide for victims of sexual violence and abuse.

It is likely that by 2015 the qualification will become a condition of employment for those clinicians already in substantive posts or undertaking sexual offences examinations.

The post of Examiner entails a significant time commitment that includes the need for some compulsory training. However, official leave can normally be obtained from NHS employers, and credits can be claimed for some educational aspects of the work.

The appointment is honorary (non-salaried), but travel and other costs will be reimbursed in accordance with the Society’s Travel and Expenses Policy.

The person specification and application form is available from the Society – 020 7236 1180 or

The closing date for applications is Friday 28 August 2009 and references will be taken up immediately.

Successful candidates will be advised by Friday 25 September 2009 that they have been recommended to move forward to formal training as an examiner but, in accordance with the Society’s rules, the final, formal appointment will be confirmed by the Examinations Board.