Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry is encouraging members to contribute to a study into the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic.
Operation Talla, the service’s response to Covid-19, is working with Cardiff University to understand officer and staff perceptions around using PPE.
The university has set up a survey to understand the benefits of using PPE, the potential barriers and why some officers and staff don’t use it as much now as they did in the early stages of the pandemic.
Maria said: “Covid-19 has had a huge impact on many aspects of our lives, including the way we go about our jobs and daily routines. One of the biggest changes in policing has been the use of personal protective equipment for individuals, and its procurement and distribution for the Force.
“This is an important survey to help the Force understand your thoughts on the use of PPE during the pandemic, how it has helped and what can be done better in the future.
“We’d encourage you to complete the survey so we can get as complete a picture as possible.”
It’s anticipated that the survey will help the Force develop a broad evidence base from which to procure PPE in the future, to improve communications and to provide a scientific basis for its use.
The survey is anonymous and is designed for officers and staff who may have some need to use PPE in their current role. It should take around 20 to 25 minutes to complete and the results may be included in academic publications. The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday 20 September.