Date Responded 18 February 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. What First Aid Training if any, do you provide to your staff?
  2. What Mental Health Training, if any, do you provide to your staff?
  3. The current provider of First Aid Training to your staff and contract expiry date
  4. The current provider of Mental Health Training to your staff and contract expiry date
  5. The name of the person responsible at your organisation for First Aid Training
  6. The name of the person responsible at your organisation for Mental Health Training

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Training Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. First Aid Modules 2, 3 & 5.
  2. Mental Health awareness training is delivered to officers and staff as follows:
  • Face-to-face training: Mental Health awareness sessions have been co-delivered with Mental Health nurses, experts by experience and the Force Mental Health lead.
  • Blue Light Champion training:  This training was delivered jointly with the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, and increased awareness to enable officers and staff to provide peer support to those experiencing mental health concerns and to signpost to further referral routes within the Force when required.
  • Mental Health First Aid training: This is a two day course available to Blue Light Champions and first and second line managers. It has been delivered by Northumbria Police Federation representatives since July 2019; training will continue to be rolled out to officers and staff across the Force.  
  • Respond multi agency mental health training: This is provided to officers and staff on an optional basis, and covers scenario based shared learning with other professionals involved in the crisis pathway (such as police, Mental Health Trust, Ambulance Service, Local Authority, and Fulfilling Lives representing Experts by Experience).   Respond training was quoted by the College of Policing  as the best multi agency training available nationally and was independently evaluated by the Academic Health Science Network.
  • Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) Practitioner training: This training aims to keep employees functioning after traumatic events and provides support and education to those who require it.  It also aims to identify those who are struggling after potentially traumatizing events and aims to refer them for early intervention.  The two day course enables attendees to qualify as TRIM practitioners and to provide post trauma assessments and support to officers and staff, signposting for further intervention when required.

 3 First aid courses are all delivered in-house and therefore have no contract expiry.

4 N/A

5 Sergeant Matt Locke.

6 Detective Inspector Lynne Colledge

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