Emergency Services Trauma Intervention Programme (ESTIP) is a new programme of care developed by Oscar Kilo – the National Police Wellbeing Service in collaboration with Public Health England and supported by the College of Policing. By conducting a review of existing early intervention approaches, and together with expert practitioners, we have designed a model that reflects the needs of the emergency services.

ESTIP brings together the best-supported common elements of existing early trauma interventions. It is a tiered programme of escalating support where the level of support provided will depend on the severity of impact of the traumatic incident. This tiered approach consists of Demobilisation, Defusion, Emergency Services Trauma Intervention Meeting (ESTIM) and Monitoring and Refer.

By adopting ESTIP officers and staff who have been exposed to potentially traumatic incidents will receive more immediate support, which could reduce the need for clinical intervention later. 

This exciting new programme, follows the successful completion of the training pilot of the ESTIM part of this programme which has been attended by peer supporters, mental health professionals and Occupational Health staff from Thames Valley Police and Warwickshire Police. 

The feedback from the pilot was that the training gave them the necessary skills and understanding to be able to assess and respond to people who have experienced trauma.

Public Health England evaluated the effectiveness of the training to ensure it is fit for purpose, simple and sustainable for forces to adopt and roll out.

The ESTIP model was tested during an international virtual table top exercise, using the latest immersive technology and simulations, held on 4 March. The exercise, developed by Hagalaz, involved attendees from Canada and the UK focussed on victim-centred response and wellbeing.  

Andy Rhodes, NPWS Service Director said: “Oscar Kilo have developed the new Emergency Services Trauma Intervention Programme (ESTIP), which we are now offering to forces as part of our determination to provide world class welfare support for our people following traumatic incidents.” 

He continued: “First responders are often referred to as ‘second victims’ and when our people are properly cared for, they in turn, are better equipped to give their best to victims. Recognising this, we are collaborating the international INVICTM group who exist to provide support to victims of terrorism. Our table top exercise brought together two sides of the same coin and the learning from our experiences will be taken forward to continuously improve.”

Professor Stephen Regel, Clinical Lead, Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth said: “Following exposure to workplace trauma, peer support as encompassed by the ESTIP programme, and process will be a significant addition to enhancing the natural resilience of an organisation. 

The table-top exercise was a real opportunity to test all aspects of ESTIP, to help us understand the strengths and weaknesses at a implementation level.

Peer support initiatives are often found wanting when it comes to their implementation in practice. ESTIP is a multifaceted Peer Support and post incident programme which identifies stressors, contributory risk and vulnerability factors and is able to respond in a timely manner.”

ESTIP Animation

To support the roll out we have created this animation. It explains our Emergency Services Trauma Intervention Programme (ESTIP). Working through the four phases it gives a clear explanation on how ESTIP can help you and your colleagues deal and process trauma and the interventions involved.

Want to know more?

To find out more about our Emergency Services Trauma Intervention Programme and the training courses visit our Trauma and Post Incident Management page.

We have also put together a selection of frequently asked questions.

If you are interested in introducing ESTIP into your force please get in touch contact@oscarkilo.org.uk