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Sickness Days Taken by Officers for Psychological and Musculo-Skeletal Sickness

Date of request: April 4, 2019
Posted in: Our staff
Reference: 500/19

Request

1. The name of your force

2. The number of police officers (full time equivalent) in the force:

a) at the end of 2013/14
b) at the end of 2018/19

The following questions relate to police officers (not staff or PCSOs).

3. The total number of sickness days taken due to psychological issues or disorders:

a) in 2013/14
b) in 2018/19

4. The total number of sickness days taken due to musculo-skeletal issues or disorders:

a) in 2013/14
b) in 2018/19

5. The total number of sickness days taken that are in all other categories of sickness except “psychological” or “musculo-skeletal”.

a) in 2013/14
b) in 2018/19

6. Please specify the names of the categories of sickness that you have included in your answer to question 5

Clarification received

On the 8th April you clarified that you would like us to “Please include all those codes in your mental health sickness total.”

Response

Q1 Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Please see our response to Q2-6 attached. The figures exclude Miscellaneous Secondments, individuals on Career Breaks and other Non-Reportable people

Psychological Disorders include Alcohol/Drug Dependency, Anxiety/Nervousness, Depression, Eating Disorders, Insomnia, Shock, Stress, Mental Illness and Bereavement

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 Promise in response to assault on officers ensuring that they receive the support they need.
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