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Early Interventions Scoping Report - February 2019Show content
An early interventions scoping report has just been produced by the Public Health England and the College of Policing. The project outcomes are of interest to the BPS and the Crisis, Disaster & Trauma Psychology Section and are summarised below:
In some organisations, traumatic events are routine experiences. This can be from direct exposure in the case of fire-fighters, paramedics, and police officers, or indirect exposure when dealing with victims of rape or child abuse (MacEachern, Jindal-Snaps, & Jackson, 2011). Organisational productivity can be badly affected following a traumatic incident which has caused distress to workers subsequently decreasing productivity (McFarlane & Bryant, 2007; Tehrani, in press). A NICE review (2005, updated in December 2018) of PTSD management in primary and secondary care left a significant gap in guidance for emergency response organisations. This review was designed to identify previous research which evaluated the use of early interventions following exposure to primary or secondary trauma, to consider the effectiveness of early interventions models and to make recommendations as to the appropriateness of each model’s use as an early trauma intervention specifically within the police force.
The report concludes that early interventions support emergency responders following exposure to trauma when they are tailored to the needs of the population, supported by the host organisation and harness existing social cohesion and peer processes within a team or unit.”