Trauma management in UK policing survey

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Cambridge

In Collaboration With

Police Care UK (formerly Police Dependants' Trust)

Principal Researcher

Dr Jessica K Miller

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

June 2017

Research Context

​The project develops work undertaken by the University of Cambridge with the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS)- looking at job quality- and expands this into the area of contemporary policing, with a specific focus on trauma exposure and trauma management. The national study is the first to address the prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the UK police and Complex PTSD (CPTSD) in a professional population, using the new International Trauma Questionnaire (ITQ) from the ICD-11. The dataset provides insight into force-level access to treatment pathways and interventions and analysis will consider how experiences of trauma management influence perceptions of policing as 'decent work' in the current labour market.

Research Methodology

  • ​Focus groups and two pilots informed the research design
  • The survey was hosted online and was anonymous
  • The survey engaged with 18175 respondents and provided a clean sample of 16875
  • C-PTSD prevalence rates for UK policing plus EWCS job quality measures
  • Force level reports available on request for those forces attaining n = 300+ during 2019
  • Press Briefing May 2019

Interim reports and publications

​Further information on The European Working Conditions Survey 2015 (EWCS) is available here.
A copy of the questionnaire is available on request.

Date due for completion

June 2020
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