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(Page last updated on 28 November 2014)

Prison Officers' Association Stress Survey report

We were pleased to welcome delegates from the POA again to our conference in 2014. They have followed this up by providing us with a copy of the PO)A recent research project carried out for them by University of Bedford. It ia available here. Many thanks to POA for their continued support for our work.

Hazards Conference, Keele July 2013 - Excessive Workloads Workshop Report

Several delegates to the UK Hazards Conference in July attended the workshop session run by the Stress Network, and which covered issues related to work overload since the recession began. As promised we have a summary report of the findings of the two workshop sessions please follow this link for a copy


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The UK National Stress Network booklet has been reprinted to make it even more relevant to todays world of work. You can download your own copy by following this link

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19.02.13 Stress Network - Book review Need - 2 - Know series

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - the essential guide, by Glenys O'Connell

".. you don't have to have been on the battlefield to suffer from PTSD, in fact anyone who's been in a very stressful situation can develop it. [Such] conditions can range from a terrorist attack to a serious car accident to sexual abuse, or even to bullying at school or at work." The fairly typical picture is one of a serviceman [and more recently a servicewoman] who has been subject to significant battlefield trauma, reacting in a way that has largely in the past remained unrecognised. In WW1 the solution was often court martial and the death penalty. Sufferers were considered weak and cowardly, and became outcasts within their own families. The stiff upper lip reaction gave little credence to negative reactions to battlefield trauma.

Our Network convenor, Ian Draper has written a book review for this, the second in the Need - 2 - Know series. To read the full review please follow this link The Need - 2 - Know series of booklets covers a range of topics, and information about them is easily available via the Need - 2 - Know website

19.02.13 UKNWSN Model Stress Audit Form

We are often asked about carrying out surveys and how to carry out simple audits of working situations. We have devised a simple pro forma that can be used for a meeting, for groups of workers or across an entire workforce. It is done anonymously, and the results can be tabulated and published showing the key areas of concern. Participants are asked to score according to levels of stress that the various factors create. Low Risks scores 1, High risk scores 3. Totals can be added together to give an overall basic picture so that data can be taken to the Health & Safety Committee and to the employer for discussion. Following this if the signals are read correctly then the employer should carry out a full HSE Stress Management Standards survey using the HSE online tool which gives a more accurate picture.

UKNWSN Stress Audit Form (.pdf format) or (.doc format)

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19.02.13 Stress Network Presentation to All Parliamentary Group on Occupational Health

The Network was invited to address the group of Peers and MP's on July 4th 2012 as a follow up to a letter to all members and copies of the Stress Booklet, sent in the spring. I began by giving a brief outline of the background to the Network, how we had worked largely on Education & Stress but had now moved to a much broader remit and referred to our Hazards connections in UK and EWHN.

Our basic premise is that employer duty of care applies across the board for all aspects of work-related illness, accident and threats to wellbeing and welfare. We believe that many employers are failing in that duty of care, and are totally ignorant of the need for full and proper risk assessments, the requirement for dignity in the workplace, and for proper recognition that excessive demand, unrelenting pressure on workers has become a serious killer.

A full copy of this briefing can be found on this page. Please follow this link for a copy

15.11.12 Conference Handouts

These are handed out at each years UK Stress Network Conference but are just as relevant at any time of year

13.11.09 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma Risk Management

The police service is a very tense, high impact service, which constantly exposes officers to high pressure situations that require spontaneous responses. The outcome from these pressures is not always obvious to the forces or the individual and can come to the fore at any time. With the ever increasing financial demands on the service, there is a need to consider and continue investment in people's health, safety and wellbeing.

The information contained in this newly published booklet is not meant as a medical diagnostic tool, but a starting point for guidance only, for those who have been exposed to stressful or traumatic situations. It has been compiled by the Police Federation of England and Wales with the assistance of various professional organisations.

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