Event Overview

Join us for this FREE webinar held in collaboration with the College of Policing, to help establish police-friendly general practice that will provide valuable preparation for assessing and supporting the health of the police family.

This webinar is recorded live and the session will be available for delegates to access freely for 6 months once uploaded to our e-Learning platform.

*Please note we endeavour to upload content as quickly as possible after the conference, but it typically takes 1-2 weeks.

Modern policing is varied and complex. The nature of policing has changed dramatically in the last decade reflecting modern society. Technological developments and attitudinal changes have been the precursors to confront new crimes and to protect victims and the vulnerable, as well as responding to traditional crimes, such as burglary, public order disturbances and murder. The impact on mental health is significant including burnout and trauma-related symptoms.

Unlike the military, the police are dependent on the NHS for healthcare and treatment. The familiar challenges affecting NHS delivery – leading to long waiting times and difficulty accessing specialist care for non-urgent treatment – have led to police forces investing in their own healthcare systems to build resilience. Many organisations must address workplace wellbeing to maintain attendance and improve productivity. What makes the police special? As an emergency service – like Fire and Rescue and the Ambulance Service – it is implicit that police officers and staff must confront danger and distress. The police service is unique as the service of last resource.

In summary, there are currently approximately 260,000 police personnel in the UK and there are many more who have worked for the police. They may have particular health needs as a consequence of the police roles, not least trauma-related mental ill health. This webinar will cover key messages addressing the roles, challenges, and associated health issues within modern policing and how a GP can approach particular needs and support the police force.

This webinar will be Chaired by Dr Anish Kotecha, GP Partner and RCGP SE Wales Faculty Education Lead.


Prof. John Harrison, Senior Medical Advisor to the National Police Wellbeing Service

Deputy Commander Sandy Brooks, Devon and Cornwall Police

Sgt. David Green, Devon and Cornwall Police

D.S. Kim Power, Devon and Cornwall Police