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Mental Health Related Staff Sickness

Question

1) Please reveal the total number of days that staff (officers and civilian employees) were absent due to a mental health related illness (e.g. psychological disorders including anxiety, stress, depression) during the 2009/10 financial year.  Please also give the total number of staff for the same year.

2) Please reveal the total number of days that staff (officers and civilian employees) were absent due to a mental health related illness (e.g. psychological disorders including anxiety, stress, depression) during the 2010/11 financial year.  Please also give the total number of staff for the same year.

3) Please reveal the total number of days that staff (officers and civilian employees) were absent due to a mental health related illness (e.g. psychological disorders including anxiety, stress, depression) during the 2016/17 financial year.  Please also give the total number of staff for the same year.

Clarification received 19th January 2018:

Please use the following codes: 

1102

Anxiety/Nervousness                                  

1103

Depression                                       

1105

Insomnia

1107

Shock                                            

1108

Stress                                           

1109

Mental illness

Answer

We are committed to creating a working environment where the health and wellbeing of our officers and staff is a priority. We have a number of approaches for supporting health and wellbeing in place, including:

  • An internal peer support network specifically for the mental wellbeing of staff.
  • A free 24/7, 365 day a year employee assistance programme so officers and staff can access counselling and advice services direct.
  • An in-house Occupational Health service.
  • A peer led Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) Programme implemented to provide support and assistance to colleagues in the aftermath of a traumatic event.
  • A chaplaincy service providing confidential pastoral support.
  • 7 Point Plan in response to assault on officers ensuring that they receive the support they need.

Please see the requested information below. The information excludes individuals who are on career break and secondments. Southwest One employees are not included.

Headcount

2009/10

2010/11

2016/17

Police Officer

3,165

3,255

2,751

Police Staff

1,943

2,013

2,276

Days off through Illness

2009/10

2010/11

2016/17

Police Officer

1,436.00

4,557.37

8,488.33

Police Staff

1,281.87

2,938.95

4,595.93

FOI reference: 044/18.

Date of request: 10.01.18.