We have now extended our Psychological Risk Assessment Programme, meaning we will be able to offer online psychological risk assessments to another 6,000 police officers and staff across the country.

Since the initial stage of the programme was launched in early 2020, we have carried out assessments for almost 2,000 officers and staff across 43 forces.

We also carried out ‘structured interviews’ for officers and staff across 15 forces, and have provided further, more in depth psychological assessment support for officers and staff in 11 forces.

What is the Psychological Risk Assessment Programme?

This programme is designed to help police forces across the UK improve the mental health support they offer to officers and staff.

The online psychological risk assessment is a way of identifying where someone may be in need of support.

Following on from the initial roll out, we are now looking to offer assessments for a further 6,000 officers and staff in roles that have been assessed as holding the highest risk of psychological impact.

For the initial roll out, the assessments were offered to people in the following roles;

  • Hostage and Crisis Negotiators;
  • Paedophile Online Investigation (POLIT) and Internet Child Abuse (ICAT)
  • Serious Collision Investigation (SCIU) and Force Collision Investigation (FCIU);
  • Family Liaison Officers – Traffic;
  • Family Liaison Officers – Crime.

This list has also been extended and will now cover those in;

  • Violent and Sex Offender Register (VISOR) Teams
  • Offender Management Teams
  • Digital Forensics Teams (DFT)
  • Counter Terrorism Units
  • Firearms Officers
  • Disaster Victim Identification Teams

We have also now added:

  • Covid-19 related duties
  • Crime Scene Investigators

How do the assessments work?

The assessments are made available via Occupational Health Services in each force. People will be identified and invited to take part by their local Occupational Health Service.

The assessment is in the form of an online questionnaire that has been developed to understand a person’s resilience and ability to deal with the emotional demands of their role.

When someone completes an assessment, it is analysed by a clinician who will then be able to determine what further support, if any, is required for that person.

It will then be determined whether that person needs any further intervention, if they would benefit from a ‘structured interview’ or if they need other psychological interventions or support.

It is recommended that assessments are carried out annually to identify clinical conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and burnout.

OK NPWS will also continue to provide training for Occupational Health professionals in how to effectively use the assessment and carry out structured interviews.

Guidance is also provided to assist with the identification of need for further assessment and/or treatment and support.

This short animation below outlines the process

You can also use the button below for more information about the Psychological Risk Assessment Programme or structured interviews.

This work is also complemented by the Foundation Occupational Health Standards that were launched by OK NPWS in February this year. Find out more about the standards here: