New study into effects of shift working on police in Wiltshire

This Is Wiltshire: A study into the effects that shift working has on police in Wiltshire was launched by Wiltshire Police Federation -  the staff association that represents rank and file police officers - today A study into the effects that shift working has on police in Wiltshire was launched by Wiltshire Police Federation - the staff association that represents rank and file police officers - today

A study into the effects that shift working has on police in Wiltshire was launched by Wiltshire Police Federation -  the staff association that represents rank and file police officers - today.

The programme, which is being run by company Third Pillar of Health Limited, will examine the extent, impact and causes of tiredness and fatigue amongst officers.

Wiltshire Police Federation chairman Mike White said: “Frontline officers are telling us that they are experiencing greater levels of fatigue than ever before.

"The Police Federation acknowledges working shifts is a necessary part of being a police officer but officers are now significantly more night time hours than in the past.

"This is mainly to the increased extension of licensing hours into the early hours.

"The impact that this change in working conditions has had on officer’s wellbeing, performance and decision making needs to be better understood.

"The public rightly expect our officers to act professionally, show good judgement and courtesy and tolerance at all times.

"Research has identified potential consequences of fatigue amongst police officers includes increased likelihood of the use of inappropriate force, impairment of judgement, increased difficulty in dealing with members of the community as well as affecting personal and professional relationships.

"It is in the best interests of officers and the public that we do all we can to minimise the consequences of fatigue amongst police officers.

"It is for these reasons that we, Wiltshire Police Federation have allocated members money to funding this important work."

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8:10pm Tue 19 Aug 14

philsy1975 says...

i dont hear night surgeons complaining. They save lives with a scalpel.
i dont hear night surgeons complaining. They save lives with a scalpel. philsy1975
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8:46pm Tue 19 Aug 14

€d says...

philsy1975 wrote:
i dont hear night surgeons complaining. They save lives with a scalpel.
It's an issue with surgeons, and the Royal College of Surgeons has produced a policy statement on the issue. You can enlighten yourself by clicking on this link http://www.rcseng.ac
.uk/publications/doc
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file/Safe%20Shift%20
Revised.pdf

If you can't be arsed to read the whole document here's a taster to whet your appetite

"Evidence shows that the relative risk of acute injuries and accidents increases with the length of time on shift, and rises significantly when working night shifts"
[quote][p][bold]philsy1975[/bold] wrote: i dont hear night surgeons complaining. They save lives with a scalpel.[/p][/quote]It's an issue with surgeons, and the Royal College of Surgeons has produced a policy statement on the issue. You can enlighten yourself by clicking on this link http://www.rcseng.ac .uk/publications/doc s/safe_shift_revised .html/@@download/pdf file/Safe%20Shift%20 Revised.pdf If you can't be arsed to read the whole document here's a taster to whet your appetite "Evidence shows that the relative risk of acute injuries and accidents increases with the length of time on shift, and rises significantly when working night shifts" €d
  • Score: 8

11:00pm Tue 19 Aug 14

KazVan says...

What about Nurses, Doctors, on call Vets, the Fire and Ambulance Service. Why should this just apply to Police Officers. Think about the night time driver who delivers our food to the supermarket. He is in charge of an fully laden HGV and he/she does not get paid any where near what the Police are paid. This study/programme should apply to ALL shift workers and Night workers.
What about Nurses, Doctors, on call Vets, the Fire and Ambulance Service. Why should this just apply to Police Officers. Think about the night time driver who delivers our food to the supermarket. He is in charge of an fully laden HGV and he/she does not get paid any where near what the Police are paid. This study/programme should apply to ALL shift workers and Night workers. KazVan
  • Score: 0

6:33am Wed 20 Aug 14

€d says...

KazVan wrote:
What about Nurses, Doctors, on call Vets, the Fire and Ambulance Service. Why should this just apply to Police Officers. Think about the night time driver who delivers our food to the supermarket. He is in charge of an fully laden HGV and he/she does not get paid any where near what the Police are paid. This study/programme should apply to ALL shift workers and Night workers.
Any professional body can pay for a study to be carried out In fact the Royal College of Nursing has issued guidance around shift working, you can find it here http://www.rcn.org.u
k/__data/assets/pdf_
file/0004/479434/004
285.pdf

HGV drivers can only work for certain periods of time before they have to rest, this is laid down in law..
[quote][p][bold]KazVan[/bold] wrote: What about Nurses, Doctors, on call Vets, the Fire and Ambulance Service. Why should this just apply to Police Officers. Think about the night time driver who delivers our food to the supermarket. He is in charge of an fully laden HGV and he/she does not get paid any where near what the Police are paid. This study/programme should apply to ALL shift workers and Night workers.[/p][/quote]Any professional body can pay for a study to be carried out In fact the Royal College of Nursing has issued guidance around shift working, you can find it here http://www.rcn.org.u k/__data/assets/pdf_ file/0004/479434/004 285.pdf HGV drivers can only work for certain periods of time before they have to rest, this is laid down in law.. €d
  • Score: 7

1:45pm Wed 20 Aug 14

redrum says...

If you take on any job role in the public sector, you will be needed day and night. So the surveys are done, great. People will still have accidents, get sick and cause fights during the night requiring intervention. Take carers doing twelve hours shifts with Challenging Behaviours, you cannot only work days with patients. In many jobs pay scales reflect the hours you do, often not for carers though. All the carers saving the tax payers millions who are up half the night are exhausted looking after loved ones but it is a necessity, what support or recognition do they get, often none and many are not paid, they do it out of love. So many types of roles that require shift work, at the end of a day though many people would be thankful just to have a job no matter what the hours.
If you take on any job role in the public sector, you will be needed day and night. So the surveys are done, great. People will still have accidents, get sick and cause fights during the night requiring intervention. Take carers doing twelve hours shifts with Challenging Behaviours, you cannot only work days with patients. In many jobs pay scales reflect the hours you do, often not for carers though. All the carers saving the tax payers millions who are up half the night are exhausted looking after loved ones but it is a necessity, what support or recognition do they get, often none and many are not paid, they do it out of love. So many types of roles that require shift work, at the end of a day though many people would be thankful just to have a job no matter what the hours. redrum
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Wed 20 Aug 14

gemmyni says...

KazVan wrote:
What about Nurses, Doctors, on call Vets, the Fire and Ambulance Service. Why should this just apply to Police Officers. Think about the night time driver who delivers our food to the supermarket. He is in charge of an fully laden HGV and he/she does not get paid any where near what the Police are paid. This study/programme should apply to ALL shift workers and Night workers.
Because the police federation have commissioned it to look specifically at police officers. They are paying for it with money they are paid by police officers subscriptions. Why would they spend their money looking at HGV drivers? The study is to focus on specific demands of policing. As €D says above, other professional bodies can and should pay for their own studies.
[quote][p][bold]KazVan[/bold] wrote: What about Nurses, Doctors, on call Vets, the Fire and Ambulance Service. Why should this just apply to Police Officers. Think about the night time driver who delivers our food to the supermarket. He is in charge of an fully laden HGV and he/she does not get paid any where near what the Police are paid. This study/programme should apply to ALL shift workers and Night workers.[/p][/quote]Because the police federation have commissioned it to look specifically at police officers. They are paying for it with money they are paid by police officers subscriptions. Why would they spend their money looking at HGV drivers? The study is to focus on specific demands of policing. As €D says above, other professional bodies can and should pay for their own studies. gemmyni
  • Score: 6

4:08pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Laptop_Larry says...

KazVan wrote:
What about Nurses, Doctors, on call Vets, the Fire and Ambulance Service. Why should this just apply to Police Officers. Think about the night time driver who delivers our food to the supermarket. He is in charge of an fully laden HGV and he/she does not get paid any where near what the Police are paid. This study/programme should apply to ALL shift workers and Night workers.
Do you KNOW what the Police are paid? Do you KNOW what HGV drivers are paid? Thought not!
[quote][p][bold]KazVan[/bold] wrote: What about Nurses, Doctors, on call Vets, the Fire and Ambulance Service. Why should this just apply to Police Officers. Think about the night time driver who delivers our food to the supermarket. He is in charge of an fully laden HGV and he/she does not get paid any where near what the Police are paid. This study/programme should apply to ALL shift workers and Night workers.[/p][/quote]Do you KNOW what the Police are paid? Do you KNOW what HGV drivers are paid? Thought not! Laptop_Larry
  • Score: 2

5:11pm Wed 20 Aug 14

YaddaYadda says...

Interestingly HGV drivers are covered by quite stringent laws dictating when and how long their rest periods should be. Police officers aren't. The federation are just trying to do something that could make things better all round. They are just stating a fact and saying they are going to invest some of the money they have been paid by their members to try to improve their members lives for the benefit of everyone.
Interestingly HGV drivers are covered by quite stringent laws dictating when and how long their rest periods should be. Police officers aren't. The federation are just trying to do something that could make things better all round. They are just stating a fact and saying they are going to invest some of the money they have been paid by their members to try to improve their members lives for the benefit of everyone. YaddaYadda
  • Score: 4

12:49am Thu 21 Aug 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

It seems a policeman's lot is an even less happy one at night.
It seems a policeman's lot is an even less happy one at night. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 1

9:18am Thu 21 Aug 14

politepanda says...

redrum wrote:
If you take on any job role in the public sector, you will be needed day and night. So the surveys are done, great. People will still have accidents, get sick and cause fights during the night requiring intervention. Take carers doing twelve hours shifts with Challenging Behaviours, you cannot only work days with patients. In many jobs pay scales reflect the hours you do, often not for carers though. All the carers saving the tax payers millions who are up half the night are exhausted looking after loved ones but it is a necessity, what support or recognition do they get, often none and many are not paid, they do it out of love. So many types of roles that require shift work, at the end of a day though many people would be thankful just to have a job no matter what the hours.
What's your point?
The Police Federation - using funds deducted from Police Officers pay - is commissioning a report into the effects of the current shift patterns on serving Police Officers.
What has that got to do with carers?
[quote][p][bold]redrum[/bold] wrote: If you take on any job role in the public sector, you will be needed day and night. So the surveys are done, great. People will still have accidents, get sick and cause fights during the night requiring intervention. Take carers doing twelve hours shifts with Challenging Behaviours, you cannot only work days with patients. In many jobs pay scales reflect the hours you do, often not for carers though. All the carers saving the tax payers millions who are up half the night are exhausted looking after loved ones but it is a necessity, what support or recognition do they get, often none and many are not paid, they do it out of love. So many types of roles that require shift work, at the end of a day though many people would be thankful just to have a job no matter what the hours.[/p][/quote]What's your point? The Police Federation - using funds deducted from Police Officers pay - is commissioning a report into the effects of the current shift patterns on serving Police Officers. What has that got to do with carers? politepanda
  • Score: 5

9:20pm Thu 21 Aug 14

redrum says...

The point is many sectors are affected by these hours, if you struggle with it maybe the job is not for you. We all make our own decisions on our careers. Plenty of people wanting to work in the police and other public sectors who would be happy to do the hours. Many paid less than police officers as well. It does not worry me the money they chose to do this research, but what to do about the results, this is a 24/7 job like many others. I have nothing but praise for all the emergency services but really there is no easy solution.
The point is many sectors are affected by these hours, if you struggle with it maybe the job is not for you. We all make our own decisions on our careers. Plenty of people wanting to work in the police and other public sectors who would be happy to do the hours. Many paid less than police officers as well. It does not worry me the money they chose to do this research, but what to do about the results, this is a 24/7 job like many others. I have nothing but praise for all the emergency services but really there is no easy solution. redrum
  • Score: -3

10:01pm Thu 21 Aug 14

politepanda says...

redrum wrote:
The point is many sectors are affected by these hours, if you struggle with it maybe the job is not for you. We all make our own decisions on our careers. Plenty of people wanting to work in the police and other public sectors who would be happy to do the hours. Many paid less than police officers as well. It does not worry me the money they chose to do this research, but what to do about the results, this is a 24/7 job like many others. I have nothing but praise for all the emergency services but really there is no easy solution.
What??
If your hours/shifts as a carer don't suit you - and YOU aren't prepared to try to resolve the issues with your employer - find another job.
The Federation is entitled to commission the enquiry - entitled to try to improve conditions, regardless of there being the same or similar issues in other professions.
If other professions believe they are not being served well by their working conditions that is for THEM to resolve. You don't deny others the right to attempt to find resolutions for unfair/unhealthy working conditions simply because YOURS aren't that good either - what purpose would THAT serve?
[quote][p][bold]redrum[/bold] wrote: The point is many sectors are affected by these hours, if you struggle with it maybe the job is not for you. We all make our own decisions on our careers. Plenty of people wanting to work in the police and other public sectors who would be happy to do the hours. Many paid less than police officers as well. It does not worry me the money they chose to do this research, but what to do about the results, this is a 24/7 job like many others. I have nothing but praise for all the emergency services but really there is no easy solution.[/p][/quote]What?? If your hours/shifts as a carer don't suit you - and YOU aren't prepared to try to resolve the issues with your employer - find another job. The Federation is entitled to commission the enquiry - entitled to try to improve conditions, regardless of there being the same or similar issues in other professions. If other professions believe they are not being served well by their working conditions that is for THEM to resolve. You don't deny others the right to attempt to find resolutions for unfair/unhealthy working conditions simply because YOURS aren't that good either - what purpose would THAT serve? politepanda
  • Score: 4
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