During the course of 2018 Karen developed The Trauma Stewardship Programme in conjunction with the Critical Care team at The Royal Bournemouth NHS Trust. Initially aimed at helping those with symptoms of secondary trauma in the Emergency Services the TSP is now being rolled out into the corporate sector
The TSP implements strategies to help recognise and address the personal effects of traumatic experiences, on staff exposed to them daily, as opposed to internalising them. The programme comprised initial one to one sessions with participants, weekly small group sessions, on-going task sheets and WhatsApp media prompts.
The TSP pilot last year proved the effectiveness of the programme. Participants completed a psychometric evaluation questionnaire at the initial one-to-one session and again at the end of the twelve week programme to asses their progress. The questionnaire asked how often they experienced feelings based on the list shown below and participants scored there answers by allocating points ranked: Never – 0, Seldom – 1, Often – 2, Always – 4