To All Members
As of the beginning of May 2018, DPF have managed to gain an amnesty to allow our members to join the Police Treatment Centres and receive immediate admission and avoid a 12-month wait. This will run for a three-month period only, until the end of July 2018.
This means that officers who have any type of injury, on or off duty, can receive two weeks of tailored physiotherapy treatment that is on a par with what professional sports persons receive. The PTC can also offer psychological support, through the Psychological Wellbeing Programme. Officers can access daily workshops, group sessions and individual counselling. Your donation of a minimum of £7.80 per month gives you access to free, expert, police-specific treatment.
Attendance at the centres is duty time so it can be used in Written Improvement Notices under Formal Process and on phased returns.
The centres are located in Harrogate and Auchterarder. All accommodation, food and treatments are covered by your monthly donation. First and last day travelling costs are claimed as part of a travel and subsistence claim which further benefits those travelling a long distance to attend.
Many officers have benefitted from the intense treatments offered and have returned to operational duties much quicker and been saved from lengthy formal process and potential half pay situations.
With the importance of physical and mental fitness for duty being a major part of our job, membership of the Treatment Centres is, in our opinion, an absolute necessity, irrespective of age or length of service.
New recruits are entitled to their first year of service free of charge but they must complete the direct debit mandate to ensure payment can be taken at the appropriate time.
Forms can be obtained from the DPF website or via Branch Reps to be returned to the South Secretary or National Vice Chairman at annual conference, or if completed prior, sent directly to PTC at Harrogate.