Flint House offers excellent care for less than £10 a month

Flint House has a team of skilled physiotherapists, mental health practitioners and registered nurses who help more than 3,300 officers return to full operational health every year.

Based in Goring on Thames in Oxfordshire, the centre uses a specialised programme of treatment and therapies to get subscribing officers fit for duty as quickly as possible.

Treatments range from physiotherapy to counselling, from hydrotherapy to sleep and relaxation.

Dai Gaskins, Dyfed Powys Police Federation’s wellbeing lead, said: “You never know if and when you could need their help and support.

“But if you do, Flint House is a fantastic facility which is there to help you recover with dedicated physical and psychological programmes and therapies.

“Every day the team at Flint House is helping our colleagues get back on their feet, by giving them excellent care while they also benefit from being around other officers who understand the stresses and strains of policing.”

Dai added: “And at less than £10 per month it’s great value for your peace of mind.”

Officers are able to sign up to donate either through their payroll, which for Dyfed Powys is currently £9.21 a month, though with tax relief this reduces to £7.37.

Just under a quarter (24 per cent) of officers in Dyfed Powys Police contribute to Flint House, according to recent figures. This is the lowest percentage of all the forces across England and Wales covered by the centre. 

Sophia Majaya, Flint House’s clinical and centre director, said that because of the pandemic the centre offers remote and residential treatment.

“Life’s now changed and we’re offering virtual appointments – we’re trying to be a lot more accessible,” said Sophia.

She added: “We are still managing to remain open under very strict, Covid-secure risk assessments. We’ve got a small handful of patients, so it’s very different – we’ve usually got 150 on site so we’ve reduced that.

“We are doing residential but for a maximum of 20 patients. We’re spreading them out over a 150-bed site.

“The patients that we’ve got coming in are those that have undertaken the virtual rehab and they’re now at the point where they need to complete their treatment. Some of our patients don’t need to come in, but for others they do need that hands-on, face-to-face treatment.”