We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new directory of therapists with the skills, qualifications, and experience to work with emergency responders.

Funded by The Royal Foundation, the Network of Emergency Services Therapists (NEST) will be the first directory to support the mental health of those working on the UK’s emergency service’s front line.

Alongside key stakeholder organisations, we’ve helped to develop the role profiles for emergency responder therapists who will be listed on the directory.

Phase one

At this initial trial phase, NEST is looking for accredited therapists* who have at least three years’ experience working with members of the emergency services to join the directory.

If you are interested, please visit the NEST website where you will find all the details about the application process and criteria to be on the directory.

In its initial phase, Police Care UK will establish the network and use it to match police service employees to suitable therapists. Once established, other charities and relevant organisations will also have the opportunity to access the network to find therapists.

Our workforce policy lead Kris Ambler said: “We recognise the immense pressures under which emergency responders work, often exposing them to trauma that can place considerable strain on their mental health and wellbeing.

“It was a privilege to support the Royal Foundation in this process and I know that our membership of highly qualified counsellors and psychotherapists are uniquely placed to assist emergency responders.”

NEST partners

NEST is being delivered by Police Care UK in partnership with The Firefighter’s Charity, The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC), and The Police College/ National Police Wellbeing Service.

*We recognise that many registered/non-accredited BACP members will also have the skills, experience, and knowledge to support this important initiative. We’re committed to working with the organisations involved to make this opportunity available to all BACP registered members after the initial trial period and will be sharing regular updates on how you can apply.