The health and wellbeing of the Police Family has always been the focus of The Police Treatment Centres, both for physical and non-physical injuries and illnesses. Our Physiotherapy Programme was established in-house in the 1970s but it is only in the last couple of years that our new structured
Psychological Wellbeing Programme has been rolled out across both of the Treatment Centres.
With the Psychological Wellbeing Programme now fully established, the initial feedback from those who have completed it has been extremely positive and we are seeing very encouraging results from those officers attending.
Any officer who submits an application for the Psychological Wellbeing Programme will receive an initial phone call from a member of The PTC clinical team – one of the reasons for this call will be to assess the best timing for their visit. Depending on the individual’s circumstances, the clinical team may suggest a later admission date than the expected turnaround period for applications if they feel
it would be more beneficial. It may be that the most appropriate time for admission is after other forms of treatment have been completed.
When an officer attends either of the Centres for treatment, they will soon realise that all staff members are key in the delivery of both of our programmes, and with the new Psychological
Wellbeing Programme now established, we are focusing on mental health support and training
for all of our employees. All staff members are being provided with the opportunity to take part in Mental Health First Aid Training, where they receive an indepth understanding of mental health and
the factors that can affect wellbeing. Some employees have also taken part in the classes and workshops that make up our Psychological Wellbeing Programme, including relaxation, stress awareness and coping strategies. This is such an important issue here at The Police Treatment Centres that we want to ensure we prepare all of our employees in the best possible way to deal with mental health issues, both for their own benefit and to ensure we support all of our police patients as effectively as possible.
There is also the opportunity for The PTC to facilitate Mental Health First Aid Training for any force representatives at either of our Centres.