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The role of psychological screening for emergency service responders

Published 15 Nov 2018
Written by
Dr Ian Hesketh and Dr Noreen Tehrani
National Police Wellbeing Service
Reading time
10 mins

This research paper examines the role that psychological screening and surveillance can take in improving the delivery of psychological support to emergency service responders (ESRs) at a time of increasing demands and complexity.

This research paper examines the role that psychological screening and surveillance can take in improving the delivery of psychological support to emergency service responders (ESRs) at a time of increasing demands and complexity.

Authored by Dr Ian Hesketh and Dr Noreen Tehrani, the study aims to present and discuss the use of psychological screening and surveillance of trauma exposed emergency service workers.

The evidence supports the use of psychological screening and surveillance using appropriate validated questionnaires and surveys.

The findings suggest that emergency services should be using psychological screening and surveillance of ESRs in roles where there is high exposure to traumatic stress.

These findings will help emergency service organisations to recognise how psychological screening and surveillance can be used as part of a wider programme of well-being support. This approach can also help them meet their legal health and safety obligations to protect the psychological health and well-being of their ESRs.

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