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PTC and NWPBF membership clarification - Letter from Patrick Cairns, CEO PTC

Latest News : NWPBF Newsletter - August 2017

Twice a year we run a Superdraw which gains us many new members each time. The lottery has to date brought in over £175k during its lifetime so is a significant source of revenue for the charity.

The next of these special draws is on 28th November and any new joiners need to be signed up by 27th October. Either online at, by completing a paper sign up form or by ringing our hotline 0370 058 5957.

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Students from Nelson and Colne College presenting John Ainsworth
with funds raised for the NWPBF

Each month the payslips of the majority of our police officers will indicate a voluntary deduction to the North West Police Benevolent Fund and The Police Treatment Centres. You may well ask, "what do I get for my money?".

Year on year around one in three police officers are injured whilst on duty. We hope this information will reassure all officers that their hard earned cash is being well invested.

The Fund Members

In 1974 when the North West Police Benevolent Fund was founded, it was believed to have been the first time in the history of the British Police Service that three large Police Forces (GMP, Cheshire Constabulary and Merseyside Police) had brought together independent welfare funds and combined them into one fund. Later the Fund was joined by Lancashire Constabulary, NCA (National Crime Agency) and Cumbria Constabulary

The majority of serving officers in the six constituent organisations, contribute to the Fund.

What is the Object of the Fund?

The object of the fund is to assist members when they are in need. None of us know when we, or members of our family, will find themselves in need a family crisis, a sudden bereavement, an unexpected illness. Such things do not just affect pensioners, we are all vulnerable to life's events!

It is comforting to know that the North West Police Benevolent Fund is there to care and support. In plain English, the fund provides the following services for members and their dependant families, Police Pensioners and widow(er)s.

What the Fund Provides

In plain English - the fund provides the following services for members, their families, police pensioners, widows, widowers and surviving partners.

Physiotherapy Service

The Physiotherapy service is based at St. Michael's Lodge in Langho, Near Clitheroe and at other satellite locations in other subscribing Force areas


This facility alone should convince serving Officers of the benefit of being a member of the fund. Policing is an uncertain job that was one aspect which I am sure attracted many of us to join in the first instance, but at any time illness or injury might present itself to us as individuals or to our families.

Holiday Lodges

The below accommodation is wholly owned by the fund and can be reserved in one of two manners;

You can either pay a reservation fee at the attractive low rates or in circumstances where attendance at one of the lodges would be beneficial to you for recuperative purposes subject to medical certification, the lodges are available free of charge.

Further details and booking forms are available from the Secretary

Loans and Grants

Members, dependents, surviving partners and widow(er)s who are in need can be helped by way of a monetary grant or interest free loan to pay for items or services which will alleviate their suffering and generally assist them. (Does not cover private health care, nursing home fees, private education or legal fees). Each month the management committee meet to consider such applications to decide whether a grant or loan should be made.

Death Benefit

In the event of the death of a serving police officer, the sum of £5,000 is paid to the dependants within a working day of the notification of the death. Whilst appreciating that money is no consolation for the loss of a loved one, it is comforting to know that one's dependants' immediate expenses will be provided for by the Fund

Counselling service

A counselling service is available on a self-referral basis only for further information on how to apply please visit our 'publications' page

Wheelchair Loan

The Fund has purchased a number of wheelchairs which are available for loan on a temporary basis for members with short term injuries or mobility issues

For more information visit the website



Back on the Beat - Spring 2017


The Police Treatment Centres is a registered charity supported by voluntary donations from serving police officers primarily in the northern forces of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but also from British Transport Police, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and the Ministry of Defence Police.

The charity provides two Treatment Centres where serving and retired police officers can receive recuperation and treatment following an illness or injury with the aim of assisting their return to better health. The Centres are St Andrews, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and Castlebrae in Auchterarder, Perthshire.

Almost 4000 serving and retired officers attend the Treatment Centres each year and most receive intensive physiotherapy. Others seek support with stress-related conditions and some attend for reasons of respite or to recuperate following an illness or operation.

The Patron of the Police Treatment Centres is HRH The Duke of York and our President is the Hon. Simon Howard of Castle Howard in York. The charity has a Board of Trustees providing strat

egic guidance while the management of operations is overseen by the Chief Executive of the Police Treatment Centres, Patrick Cairns. Many officers attending the Treatment Centres do so to receive intensive physiotherapy treatment.

Each patient is thoroughly assessed regarding their condition upon arrival, and the volume of treatment decided by an experienced clinician. A tailored programme is then developed based on the individual's clinical needs.

A proactive approach to treatment is given at the Centre, with the emphasis on "helping patients to help themselves".

Tailored programmes may include a combination of exercise, hands on therapy and pain relief mechanisms such as acupuncture or electrotherapy, e.g. interferential therapy.

Patients are encouraged to participate in education and exercise classes and make good use of the facilities, including the hydrotherapy pool, swimming pool, fitness gym and tennis courts.

The open plan physio suite provides a comfortable and relaxed environment for treatment to be given in and the widespread skill mix of the physiotherapists ensures excellent treatment is provided. There are additional clinical areas with curtains and a private treatment room to aid dignity and personal space if needed.

A huge benefit is gained from the close working arrangement with the fitness and leisure staff, ensuring all patients are well equipped to continue their rehabilitation when they leave.

The majority of treatment offered is on an inpatient basis, however for those officers within one hour travel time to the centre, outpatient appointments can be arranged and usually consist of a maximum of 6 sessions per episode.

Patients should come prepared and dress appropriately for treatment and exercise with correct sportswear, footwear and swimwear. Although many patients visiting the Treatment Centre come for physiotherapy, there are a number of patients who need support with stress, anxiety and other such conditions.

The Psychological Wellbeing Programme is a two week structured programme designed specifically for Serving Officers. When attending the Police Treatment Centres on the Psychological Wellbeing Programme, you can expect to take part in group sessions in stress management, workshops focusing on relaxation, sleep, mindfulness, group exercise sessions and also individual counselling and complementary therapy sessions.

Police occupational health contacts advise us that certain roles within the force are deemed to be of a higher psychological risk i.e. Family Liaison Officers and Officers working in more Specialist Crime areas and as such are more psychologically demanding and challenging. It is also recognised that long term exposure working in such 'Specialist Roles' can build tolerance and risk altering an individual's perception of normal behaviour.

Police are under higher stress, because of lower staff numbers and confirmed exposure to stressful situations, and sometimes both personal and professional responsibilities take their toll.

Attending the treatment centre for such officers provides the necessary support needed in an informal setting, reducing pressures of life & workload to enable them to take the time to learn strategies to improve their psychological wellbeing.

For further information visit

The St George's Police Children Trust

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St George's Police Children Trust (providing a helping hand if the unimaginable happens) - Support the Trust for 86p per month and together we can safeguard your children's future

The St George's Police Children Trust is a registered charity which provides support of a financial nature to children and young people throughout their school years and in many cases, further education.

Support is given to children whose police officer parent has either lost their life or had an injury/illness preventing them from being able to work.

Support from the Charity can provide a degree of financial certainty in difficult times and is provided for on or off duty incidents to families of officers from forces in the north of England, North Wales and Scotland who donate to the Trust.

Support can include:

  • Registration Grant
  • Weekly Support Allowance for each child in the family,
  • Seasonal Gifts,
  • Further Education Grants,
  • Ex-gratia Grants for necessary activities or items,
  • Special Needs Grants,
  • One week's respite break at our holiday home in Harrogate and any subsequent visits at discounted rates.

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