OH raises its profile in the police force

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. The Government’s strategy for occupational health in the police force isresulting in a higher profile and more money for OH, but more could still bedone to help officers understand what the profession has to offer. According to senior OH professionals in forces around the country, thelaunch of a Home Office strategy for OH in 2002, and the pledging of £15m, hasled to an expansion of the service and more OH practitioners on the ground. Cultural barriers, particularly around seeking help for psychologicalinjuries, are being broken down and there is a greater recognition of what OHcan do. Initiatives include Merseyside police taking on three extra OH advisers,Greater Manchester police introducing a mobile OH service, and South Yorkshirepolice developing proactive strategies for dealing with back injuries. “It is fantastic that, for the first time, OH has been given this higha priority by the Home Office. But a lot of people still do not know who we areand what we do and don’t do,” said Sharon Samworth, principal OH managerat South Yorkshire police. OH raises its profile in the police forceOn 1 Feb 2004 in Police, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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