Following on from a very successful national recruitment campaign for serving Police Officers in 2015, we will now be running a national campaign for the new groups that became eligible in January 2016. These groups include; PCSO’s, Special Constables and Detention/Custody Officers (employed by the Chief Constable or Police Crime Commissioner).
We are now well underway with our ‘Summer Amnesty’ campaign; however there is still time to benefit from this great deal, so don’t miss out!
If you fall into one of the new groups, sign up before 31st July 2017 and avoid the usual 12-month waiting period to access treatment - the amnesty enables treatment to be accessed straight away.
These new groups (which became eligible from January 2016) can now receive the same benefit as serving and retired Officers and after signing up, can become eligible to receive treatment at the PTC should injury or illnesses occur.
It doesn’t matter if the injury occurs on or off duty, or if it is a physical injury or even issues relating to your psychological wellbeing, our aim is to help you recover. Our focus is on the whole person, not just about getting you back to work, but also ensuring you are able to continue with all your activities/responsibilities out of work; whether that be playing with your children, taking part in a sport, or even walking your dog, #MoreThanJustAPoliceOfficer.
Helen Wynn-Evans, a West Yorkshire PCSO, recently attended the Treatment Centre in Harrogate following an ankle injury during a charity run. Helen was fortunate that she was only put on restricted duties for a couple of days but the pain she was experiencing made it difficult to carry out her daily foot patrol, an important aspect of the job.
Helen shared her experience at the Centre:“After two doctors’ visits and four months of physio, the Treatment Centres picked up additional nerve damage around my knee, which had been causing the continued discomfort, and treated this straight away. While it sounds silly, I didn’t realise how much the injury was affecting me ‘mood wise’, just by someone confirming that I had actually injured myself made a huge difference! Then reassuring me that things do take time to heal and it’s okay to be patient. On top of that, being encouraged to try other activities that I would not have usually considered proved that I still had the mobility to maintain my fitness whilst not causing further pain by pushing myself too much.”
Helen was one of the PTC’s first PCSOs through the door so it was interesting to hear her
comments regarding how she felt being around other Officers: “I think the fact that there is no rank structure at the Centre certainly makes a difference as everyone is an equal. It is a very relaxed environment, which in itself makes a difference in aiding one’s recovery.”
Every year the PTC helps thousands of Officers who have been injured or fallen ill to return to better health and wellbeing. If you fall into one of these groups, you too could benefit from this support.
To set up a regular donation to the PTC and benefit from this amnesty, please sign up using the appropriate forms during May, June or July!
During the campaign we will be running a social media campaign More Than Just A Police Officer. Please help us increase awareness and support of the PTC by spreading the word on social media using the hashtag #MoreThanJustAPoliceOfficer.
Join in! #MoreThanJustAPoliceOfficer
View our short promotional film below to find out more about our campaign:-