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The role of psychological screening for emergency service responders

Noreen Tehrani (Noreen Tehrani Associates, Twickenham, UK)
Ian Hesketh ( University of Manchester , Manchester, UK)

International Journal of Emergency Services

ISSN: 2047-0894

Article publication date: 10 October 2018

Issue publication date: 24 April 2019

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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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Citation

Tehrani, N. and Hesketh, I. (2019), "The role of psychological screening for emergency service responders", International Journal of Emergency Services, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 4-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJES-04-2018-0021

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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