Online training in mindfulness will improve wellbeing, life satisfaction, resilience and performance for police officers and staff (primary outcomes) – accept hypothesis.
Online training in mindfulness will reduce sick leave, presenteeism and leaveism (secondary outcomes) – accept hypothesis for reducing presenteeism, do not accept hypothesis for sick leave and leaveism.
Bespoke training aimed at police officers (Mindfit Cop) will improve wellbeing, resilience and performance for police officers and staff more effectively than a generic mindfulness intervention (Headspace) – do not accept hypothesis.
Mindfulness training is more likely to be effective for people with high levels of job control in terms of how they structure their day and do their tasks – do not accept hypothesis.
Cambridgeshire; Hertfordshire; Avon and Somerset; South Wales.
Any police officer or staff member within the five forces who was not:
a) actively using a mindfulness app already, or b) receiving talking therapy.
1,322 participants (after 15 withdrew).
All officers and staff in
the five forces were invited to take part in the trial. Those who volunteered were
randomly allocated to one of three groups (Headspace, Mindfit Cop or a waiting
list). This study was a basic randomised design comparing two treatment groups
(mindfulness training) to control.
Published November 2019 - Mindfulness in policing: A randomised controlled trial of two online mindfulness resources across five forces in England and Wales