Psychological Risk Assessment and Structured Interview training are part of a brand new psychological assessment programme launched by the National Police Wellbeing Service 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.

The NPWS has secured funding to deliver assessments for up to 8,000 officers and staff in roles that have been assessed as holding the highest risk of psychological impact.

The roles below are currently the focus, however in the future, we may also be able to extended to cover other roles.

  • Hostage and Crisis Negotiators;
  • Paedophile Online Investigation Teams (POLIT) and Internet Child Abuse Teams (ICAT)
  • Serious Collision Investigation (SCIU) and Force Collision Investigation Units (FCIU);
  • Family Liaison Officers – Traffic;
  • Family Liaison Officers – Crime.
  • Violent and Sex Offender Register (VISOR) Teams
  • Offender Management Teams
  • Digital Forensics Teams (DFT)
  • Counter Terrorism Units
  • Firearms Officers
  • Disaster Victim Identification Teams

More recently we have also added:

  • Covid-19 related duties
  • Crime Scene Investigators

The assessments will be made available via Occupational Health Services in each force and those identified locally will be invited by the Occupational Health Service to take part.

The assessment is in the form of an online questionnaire which has been devloped 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 either needs no further intervention or if they would benefit from a ‘structured interview’ or further psychological interventions or support.

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

The NPWS will also 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.

For more information about the assessment process, use the button below to take you to our FAQs to learn more about it.

Structured Interviews

A structured interview is an opportunity to clarify potential problems and identify suitable interventions such as counselling or further referral, or in some cases, signposting to information, advice or training.

Our new Structured Interview training course is for Occupational Health professionals, working within policing, to help guide them through the process to properly assess a person’s need for support and treatment.

Invitations have been sent out to every force but if you are interested and want to know more please email us at

Future dates for the Structured Interview training will be advertised here.

If you are an officer or member of staff who have been invited for a structured interview, our short animation below explains what the structured interview is and what you can expect.