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Control measure

Operational discretion

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Level 1

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Operational discretion

Understand:

  • When and how operational discretion can be used appropriately and safely

Practical application

Tactical action Learning outcome

Consider applying operational discretion where outcomes would justify unusual, unorthodox or innovative action

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Exercise professional judgement to recognise rare or exceptional circumstances that justify taking unusual, unorthodox or innovative action

Return to operational procedures when the objective has been achieved

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify when the objective has been achieved to ensure activities are resumed according to policy

Contemporaneously record rationale for the decision to use operational discretion

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Justify and record decisions to use operational discretion according to:
    • Saving human life
    • Taking decisive action to prevent an incident escalating
    • Incidents where taking no action may lead others to put themselves in danger

When appropriate instigate a review of existing guidance following the use of operational discretion

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Revisit the use of unusual, unorthodox or innovative action and follow the appropriate protocols to influence existing guidance

Level 2

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Operational discretion

Understand:

  • When and how operational discretion can be used appropriately and safely

Practical application

Tactical action Learning outcome

Consider applying operational discretion where outcomes would justify unusual, unorthodox or innovative action

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Exercise professional judgement to recognise rare or exceptional circumstances that justify taking unusual, unorthodox or innovative action

Return to operational procedures when the objective has been achieved

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify when the objective has been achieved to ensure activities are resumed according to policy

Contemporaneously record rationale for the decision to use operational discretion

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Justify and record decisions to use operational discretion according to:
    • Saving human life
    • Taking decisive action to prevent an incident escalating
    • Incidents where taking no action may lead others to put themselves in danger

When appropriate instigate a review of existing guidance following the use of operational discretion

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Revisit the use of unusual, unorthodox or innovative action and follow the appropriate protocols to influence existing guidance