SPSW researcher seconded to North Yorkshire Police

Posted on 26 June 2018

For one day per week from April to December 2018, Dr Nicola Moran will be working to further develop the Connect mental health awareness training for police officers.

The original training package was developed by Moran and Professor Martin Webber (International Centre for Mental Health Social Research, Department of Social Policy and Social Work), in conjunction with Inspector Bill Scott of North Yorkshire Police and mental health professionals from Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. 

The training, designed for frontline police officers, was piloted and evaluated in 2016-17 and was found to increase officers’ confidence, knowledge and understanding of mental health in relation to both supporting individuals in mental distress and referring to relevant mental health services and other agencies.  The positive findings led to the roll out of the Connect mental health training to frontline officers across the Force from January 2018.

Moran’s secondment to NYP will enable her to adapt the training package for police call handlers (those who take 999 calls and despatch officers) and also for front counter staff in police stations, all of whom deal directly with members of the public but have different powers and procedures to frontline police officers. 

In addition, Nicola will evaluate whether the inclusion in all Connect training packages of a session on officers looking after their own mental health has had any impact on sickness absence reporting over a 12 month period.

For further information please contact Nicola at nicola.moran@york.ac.uk