The role of psychological screening for emergency service responders

Tehrani, Noreen and Hesketh, Ian George (2019) The role of psychological screening for emergency service responders. International Journal of Emergency Services, 8 (1). pp. 4-19. ISSN 2047-0894

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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine 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. Design/methodology/approach The study aims to present and discuss the use of psychological screening and surveillance of trauma exposed emergency service workers. Findings The evidence supports the use of psychological screening and surveillance using appropriate validated questionnaires and surveys. Research limitations/implications 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. Originality/value 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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Journal Article
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International Journal of Emergency Services
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151885
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Deposited On:
18 Feb 2021 15:25
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Yes
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Published
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28 Feb 2021 08:51