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The role of psychological screening for emergency service responders

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>7/05/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Emergency Services
Issue number1
Volume8
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)4-19
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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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This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.