As some of you will be aware I took over as CEO of the PTC in June and it did not take me long to realise what superb facility it was, and what a privilege it was for me to be the CEO of an organisation supporting both serving and retired Police Officers.
There is lots going on at the moment, we have welcomed a variety of key visitors to the PTC, and indeed I have been out on the road myself, trying to meet as many of the influential PTC stakeholders as possible, and of course we are trying to move forward as an organisation to ensure that we are correctly structured and prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
I wanted a forum to be able to communicate what we are doing at the PTC, highlight any emerging issues and publicly acknowledge any individuals who have fundraised on our behalf, and decided that that the best way to do so would be to launch a blog on our website, that would keep everyone informed about what we have been doing at the PTC and what is on the horizon.
One of the most significant developments of late was the Strategic Workshop which we held at Harrogate on Monday 15 September, which was a chance for both Trustees and Staff, to develop a Strategy on the way that we think that the PTC needs to evolve over the next few years, and this work will be taken forward over the next 6 months. I think that is enough for an introduction for the time being, so I will close with a quote from Sir Stephen House the Chief Constable of Police Scotland who I visited last week in Stirling, Sir Stephen knows the PTC well and as you will read in the quote below, both values and supports the important work that we do.
"Modern policing is both a mentally and physically demanding role, and we owe it to the public to whom we serve to ensure that we are at the peak of health and fitness at all times. The Police Treatment Centres (PTC) is a Police Charity funded by Police Officers for Police Officers, which provides treatment to serving and retired police officers following an illness or injury, with the aim of assisting their return to better health. Whether you are injured on or off duty, the PTC is somewhere that you can go to in your time of need that will provide you with the best quality residential care and treatment from a top class team of physiotherapists, nursing staff, patient support advisors and a variety of other specialist care members and support staff, which is likely to contribute to you returning to work on full time duties much earlier than might otherwise be expected. At a donation rate of £1.30 per week, the PTC represents excellent value, and will ensure you have access to all of its facilities, free of charge. As Chief Constable of Police Scotland I would strongly commend that you sign up to donate to the PTC as early as possible, and ensure that this outstanding level of support and care for you and your colleagues, is there for you when you might most need it." (
Sir Stephen House, Chief Constable, Police Scotland)