The Police Treatment Centres

When was it established?

Miss Catherine Gurney OBE established a convalescent home for police officers called the Southern Police Convalescent Home in 1890 and the second one for northern police officers in Harrogate in 1897. Miss Gurney worked with the poor in London when she became aware of the work of police officers, which then turned her attention to their welfare. In 1889, she placed one injured police officer in a convalescent home, only to find he left early because he was placed in a bed next to a violent criminal, whom he had previously arrested. It was then obvious that specialist police-only convalescent facilities were needed and the Police Treatment Centres were born.

Who is it for?

The Police Treatment Centres (PTC) provides two Treatment Centres in St Andrews, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and Castlebrae in Auchterarder, Perthshire.

Our vision is to establish the Police Treatment Centres as a centre of excellence that delivers class leading treatment for our Police Family patients for their physical and psychological injuries, conditions and illnesses. Through our work, we want to support and encourage your return to better health as swiftly as possible. Treatment is offered free of charge to donating Police Family members.

We make a difference to the lives of around four thousand Officers each year from forces in the North of England, North Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as British Transport Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Ministry of Defence Police. The PTC supports Serving & Retired Officers, PCSOs, DCOs, Special Constables and Police Staff Investigators (including CSIs & Civilian Investigators).

It doesn’t matter if your injury occurs on or off duty, or if it is a physical injury or even issues relating to your psychological wellbeing, our aim is to help you recover. If your condition is affecting your ability to perform the activities of daily living, or your job to the full, then you should consider applying for treatment.

Admission is based upon clinical need and is normally two weeks for Serving Officers and one week for Retired Officers. The majority of treatment is residential, however we do offer a Remote Physiotherapy Outpatient Service. In some circumstances provision for non-residential treatment as a day patient may also be considered. There are self-catering cottages at each Centre to assist in accommodating patients where ‘family’ accommodation would support their ability to attend for treatment.

For just a small donation you could have the comfort of knowing we will be there for you if you are injured or ill, through free treatment, support & recuperation, including intensive, Police-Specific, physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Don’t forget, it doesn’t matter if your injury occurs on or off duty – it could have occurred playing football or even walking the dog.