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FAQs: Emergency services trauma intervention programme (ESTIP)

Here you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions around our emergency services trauma intervention programme.


Why should I adopt this?

In the emergency services, exposure to potentially traumatic events are routine experiences for personnel, which may negatively impact their long-term wellbeing, particularly where inadequate support is available. ESTIP has been designed to specifically to address the trauma support needs of the emergency services, and reflects current understanding of best practice in early trauma interventions.

What is the process to adopting this in my force?

ESTIP is a force led programme and senior leaders will make decisions. Forces will contact the National Police Wellbeing Service (NPWS) to register their interest.

What is the cost?

Training in ESTIP is provided free of charge by the NPWS, however the model requires a dedicated coordinator

How does this link in with the other live services such as peer support and psychological risk management?

Peer support is the foundation on which ESTIP is based. Trained peer supporters are eligible to undertake our ESTIP training courses.

Psychological risk management is the next step for individuals who are showing signs of trauma after the ESTIM intervention and after a follow-up.  They can be invited to undertake a psychological screen to establish what further intervention may be required to support them.


For clinicians

What if we use an EAP – process?

EAPs may be used as a signposting resource.

How does this link with OH standards, psychological surveillance, and psychiatric assessments?

OH standards provide forces with a baseline guide of services, one of which is to provide psychological surveillance. This is a pro-active tool for psychological wellbeing whereas ESTIP is a number of tiered interventions that are used post incident.


For chief officers

What support are you providing to my force to adopt?

The NPWS will provide guidance and training free of charge for forces who adopt ESTIP.

This will support the workforce to manage and deal with the aftermath of continuous exposure to traumatic incidents.