A brand new research paper has been published examining the role that psychological screening and surveillance can take in improving the delivery of psychological support to emergency service responders (ESRs) at a time of increasing demands and complexity.

Authored by Dr Ian Hesketh and Dr Noreen Tehrani, the study aims to present and discuss the use of psychological screening and surveillance of trauma exposed emergency service workers.

The evidence supports the use of psychological screening and surveillance using appropriate validated questionnaires and surveys.

The findings suggest that emergency services should be using psychological screening and surveillance of ESRs in roles where there is high exposure to traumatic stress.

These findings will help emergency service organisations to recognise how psychological screening and surveillance can be used as part of a wider programme of well-being support. This approach can also help them meet their legal health and safety obligations to protect the psychological health and well-being of their ESRs.

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Authors: Dr Ian Hesketh – College of Policing & University of Manchester Alliance Business School and Dr Noreen Tehrani – British Psychological Society – Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section