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The Police Treatment Centres is a registered charity supported by voluntary donations from the police family. The charity provides two Treatment Centres where serving and retired police officers can receive recuperation and treatment following an illness or injury with the aim of assisting their return to better health. Almost 4000 serving and retired officers attend the Treatment Centres each year and most receive intensive physiotherapy. Others seek support with stress-related conditions and some attend for reasons of respite or to recuperate following an illness or operation.
Many officers attending the Treatment Centres do so to receive intensive physiotherapy treatment. A proactive approach to treatment is given at the Centre, with the emphasis on “helping patients to help themselves”.
The Psychological Wellbeing Programme is a two week structured programme designed specifically for Serving Officers. Police are under higher stress, because of lower staff numbers and confirmed exposure to stressful situations, and sometimes both personal and professional responsibilities take their toll. Attending the treatment centre for such officers provides the necessary support needed in an informal setting, reducing pressures of life & workload to enable them to take the time to learn strategies to improve their psychological wellbeing.
When I was injured on duty, I was fortunate to be able to attend the PTC in Harrogate and receive two weeks treatment. This treatment, along with two stints in physio as an outpatient, has greatly improved my fitness post injury. Although there are some things I am no longer able to do, the things that mean the most to me (adventures with my hubby, daily walks with Fraser, loaning my pony Lillie and hopefully this skydive!) are predominantly completed pain free. Although my condition is not “fixed”, the assistance the PTC provided was first class and I would like to help support them for any of my own, and my colleagues’, future needs.