The team will be trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches.

Complimenting the psychological support that is already offered to beneficiaries attending our rehabilitation programmes, this funding means that we can now further develop our mental health programmes and provide tailored support to meet individual need.

Sharon Bailey, Director of Beneficiary Services, said: “It’s very important to us that we provide the right therapist and the right intervention and that we can integrate this support into a physical rehabilitation programme or offer stand-alone mental health programmes.

“The funding is already making a difference to our beneficiaries and has been fundamental to us in driving our psychological services forward.  We are very grateful to PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation for its ongoing support.”

PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation was set up to help injured emergency services personnel after PC David Rathband was himself injured whilst on duty.  The Foundation provided a grant of £60k to The Fire Fighters Charity in 2012 to develop a mental and emotional wellbeing pilot programme. The further funding for staff training and development comes on the back of the success of that pilot.

Peter Sweeney, Chairman of PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation, said: “We understand first-hand how the job that our emergency services personnel do can cause not only physical injuries but also mental health issues too.  We started the journey with The Fire Fighters Charity to help put new programmes in place and we’re hopeful we can continue to support them as this journey continues.

“This collaboration is one of a number in which we are engaged, providing mental wellbeing support across the three 999 services to those in need.”