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Trauma Resilience in UK Policing


Covid19 brings unprecedented challenges to policing, as it does to other emergency responders, key workers and their famililes across the UK. Sponsored by Police Care UK, this project aims to help officers, staff and those in leadership to find resilience, to help them manage current challenges and to equip them for the future. Click on the links to find out more.

Easy read infographics for Covid19

Listening to the experiences of officers and decision-makers through our research, we produce resilience infographics; simple accessible material for guidance and awareness-raising on issues relating specifcially to Covid19. These are shared on social media with the aim to reach as many people as possible to support police wellbeing at work as practically as possible. Many are transferable across other emergency response and key worker roles. Infographics include: dealing with anxiety and uncertainty, working in isolation, unique challenges and neurodiversity, creating mental space around adversity, help for those supporting others through Covid 19 and grounding techniques. 

Animating trauma resilience

We have also produced an animation to introduce the idea of managing trauma exposure and building resilience in policing, particularly those new to wellbeing or the policing role. The animation is a good introduction to resilience techniques that officers can use on-the-spot at work. If you would like to access this animation, contact

In conversation...

Talking about resilience during Covid19 can be the most powerful way of supporting those who are experiencing this new and unchartered territory of working in a pandemic.

Working with the Police Federation of England & Wales (PFEW) Dr Jess Miller speaks with Che Donald (Vice Chair and Wellbeing Lead) tackling the immediate issues coming forward from serving officers on the ground in an interview which addresses: dealing with multiple sudden deaths, managing home and work boundaries and contamination risk, and handling anxiety on the job. To find out more and watch the interview, click here.

In a unique and exclusive interview with leading neuropsychologist Dr Rick Hanson, Jess Miller discusses the very latest advice on how to steer the policing brain for optimum resilience on the front line, and how leaders can build resilience through and from the Covid19 experience. The 30 minute discussion will inform new, accessible online guidance for officers and Chiefs on how to embed resilience in daily life and policing culture for a new Post-Covid19 world. 

For more information on Covid19 trauma resilience materials contact and follow @millerjessicak and #policingbrain and #Covid19TIPT or visit

Latest news

Author's story

26 January 2024

The Marshwood Vale magazine of the South West features a front cover piece on Dr Jess Miller and how she found herself working in trauma resilience. To read a bit more about how the personal meets the professional, honouring the trusted adage "Re-search is Me-search", click here.

BLOG: The Policing Mind one year on

22 June 2023

Here Dr Jess talks about how her first book The Policing Mind: Trauma Resilience for a New Era has had impact since 2022: Transforming Society ~ Getting inside the policing mind In doing so, the book as been passed to the Home Secretary in the hope of further change to our police service being more trauma informed and open...

The Lancet featuring our trauma resilience project and trauma impact prevention techniques (TIPT)

23 March 2023

We are absolutely delighted to share that our project has featured in an essay by Jules Morgan in The Lancet Psychiatry on 21st March. Here is an extract : "People are only just starting to talk about complex PTSD, but we need to act now, says Jessica Miller (University of Cambridge, UK, and Police Care UK), Principal...

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