Projects

Police Health and Wellbeing Mobile Application

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Abstract

Police officers often work long, unsocial hours in a highly pressurised environment and may experience difficulties in managing their health and well-being. Their jobs can be highly stressful and may feature unusual working hours and multiple shift patterns. When we think of the policing environment of today, many roles that were previously the domain of warranted officers are now carried out by non-warranted police staff equivalents. These police staff roles are relatively new to policing but put staff under some of the same stresses as police officers.

A 2020 SciTech Bournemouth University student research project affirmed that the working environment for officers makes it harder for those affected to make healthy choices [1]. The problem not only includes thinking of a solution to help manage personalised risk issues, but also ensuring it won’t be intrusive for users during and outside of work.

A UK police force requested help to investigate technologies that could be used to improve health and well-being and research how these technologies could be used to measure and track health behaviour change. A multi-disciplinary project team has been assembled to work on this project. Working with Dr Huseyin Dogan from SciTech and Professor Jane Murphy from FHSS are Dr Andy Pulman and representatives from the UK force.

This project utilises the original student project [1] as a conceptual starting point. Fully functioning prototype versions of a health and wellbeing application in Android and Apple formats will be developed. Pilot usability data will be collected during the design and build of both versions. After six months, both versions will be ready for longer-term use by the funder.

The research project has been cofunded by Bournemouth University and the commissioning client.

Project Publications

  1. Swanston, E., Pulman, A., Dogan, H., Murphy, J. and Bitters, F., 2021. Scoping the need for a tailored mhealth app to improve health and well-being behavioral transformation in the police: Exploring the views of uk police workers via web-based surveys and client meetings. JMIR Formative Research, 5 (8). DOI: 2196/28075
Researchers
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Dr Andy Pulman

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Digital Health and User Experience

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Dr Huseyin Dogan

Principal Academic in Computing