Disclosure Details

Stress - 473/13

Dated: 01 Jul 2013

Date of request:     18/06/2013

Date of response:   01/07/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 18 June 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

How many days have been taken off by police staff due to stress in each of the following years -

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

What is the longest period spent away from work due to stress by an individual member of staff?

To clarify  the request refers to all staff, police and civilian.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the HR Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Absence was categorised during this period using the Dorset 12 and sub-categories (nationally agreed set of categories to record and compare absence across 43 forces in England and Wales). The below table show the actual number of work days lost for each sub-category under Category 11 - Psychological Disorder for each of the relevant periods.

It should be noted that not all these absences are due to work related stress, indeed it often difficult to separate what is work related as opposed to personal/non work related.  This is complex area and irrespective of the cause of stress Northumbria Police aims to support it officers to return to work at the earliest opportunity.

The force provides a comprehensive occupational health service to its staff which includes access to an in-house psychological service for the management of stress-related conditions.  This can include providing or arranging treatment in the short term whilst awaiting NHS intervention.  The force recognises these Occupational Health Support services help promote officer well being and achieve good attendance.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes. 

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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