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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Methods used to manage traumatic stress

Reference No: 101/2015
Request Date: 07/09/2015

Request


Please could you outline the current methods used to manage traumatic stress such as critical incident stress debriefing, post-incident questionnaires and occupational health services and when they were first introduced by your service.  Please provide a copy of any policies and procedures detailing your support mechanisms if they give a more comprehensive overview.

The headcount of your whole time, retained and control staff as separate groups on 1st April, 2011, 1st April 2012, 1st April 2013, 1st April 2014, and 1st April 2015.

The total number of calendar days absence broken down by wholetime, retained and control staff as separate groups in the financial years 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15.

The number of calendar days absence caused by all types of stress broken down by wholetime, retained and control staff as separate groups in the financial years 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15.

The number of episodes and calendar days of absence caused by post traumatic stress disorder broken down by wholetime, retained and control staff as separate groups in the financial years 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15.

The number of employees who have completed phased returns and returned to their normal duties following post traumatic stress disorder broken down by wholetime, retained and control staff as separate groups in the financial years 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15.

Response


The point regarding methods we use to manage post traumatic stress, we have had Occ Health support in place for a number of years (including the availability to psychological support and CBT) as well as the Firefighters Charity. We carried out critical incident debriefing for a number of years; following the Nice Guidance that came out in 2005, nationally we began to see a shift towards watchful waiting, which led to us introducing Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) assessments from around 2010 - this is an approach that is widely used within the Armed Forces also.

Please see spread sheet.