National Trauma Training Programme: workforce survey 2021

Main findings from an online survey of the Scottish workforce exploring awareness and attitudes to psychological trauma and trauma-informed practice. The survey was carried out by the Improvement Service as part of the National Trauma Training Programme.

8. Annex A – Survey Questions

Section 1. About You

1. Within which local authority area is your usual place of work? If you work across several areas, please select all that apply. *

1. Scotland-wide

2. Aberdeen City

3. Aberdeenshire

4. Angus

5. Argyll & Bute

6. Clackmannanshire

7. Dumfries & Galloway

8. Dundee City

9. East Ayrshire

10. East Dunbartonshire

11. East Lothian

12. East Renfrewshire

13. Edinburgh, City of

14. Eilean Siar

15. Falkirk

16. Fife

17. Glasgow City

18. Highland

19. Inverclyde

20. Midlothian

21. Moray

22. North Ayrshire

23. North Lanarkshire

24. Orkney Islands

25. Perth & Kinross

26. Renfrewshire

27. Scottish Borders

28. Shetland Islands

29. Stirling

30. South Ayrshire

31. South Lanarkshire

32. West Dunbartonshire

33. West Lothian

34. Don't know

2. Which of these sectors do you currently work in? *

1. Public

2. Third/voluntary

3. Private/independent

4. Don't know

5. Other (please specify):

3. What best describes the service area(s) in which you work? Please use more than one description if that is required. *

1. Alcohol and drugs

2. Children & families

3. Community safety

4. Criminal & community justice

5. Early years

6. Education

7. Economic development

8. Finance & administration

9. Higher education

10. Housing and homelessness

11. Learning, development & training

12. Mental health

13. Physical health

14. Social care and social work

15. Violence against women & equalities

16. Don't know

17. Other (please specify):

4. What is your job role?

1. Elected official

2. Senior management

3. Middle management

4. Frontline manager/supervisor/team leader

5. Practitioner/frontline service delivery/officer with no management responsibilities

6. Volunteer with no management responsibilities

7. Other (please specify):

Section 2. Your experience

Being 'Trauma-informed' means being able to recognise when someone may be affected by trauma, collaboratively adjusting how we work to take this into account and responding in a way that supports recovery, does no harm and recognises and supports people's resilience.

Everyone has a role to play in responding to trauma but having a trauma-informed workforce does not mean everyone needs to be a trauma expert. Sometimes expertise is required, but everyone can build trusted relationships which help people to overcome adverse and traumatic experiences.

5. How would you assess your own (Options: Extremely confident, Very confident, Somewhat confident, Not so confident, Not at all confident, Don't know)

1. Understanding of the concept of psychological trauma

2. Understanding of the impact of psychological trauma

3. Understanding of the principles of trauma-informed practice

4. Confidence in applying the principles of trauma-informed practice in your work

Trauma-Informed Practice Within Your Organisation or Service

An organisation or service is trauma-informed if its culture reflects each of the values of safety, choice, trust, collaboration and empowerment in each contact, physical setting, relationship and activity.

6. Thinking specifically about the above definition of a trauma-informed organisation or service, to what extent would you agree that each of the following statements form part of your organisation or service's culture? (Options: Strongly agree, Agree, Neither agree nor disagree, Disagree, Strongly disagree, or Don't know)

1. Staff wellbeing is prioritised.

2. People with lived experience of trauma are routinely engaged and consulted with in the development and delivery of policy and practice.

3. Leaders champion trauma-informed practice and policy.

4. Staff are encouraged to undertake training to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence of trauma-informed practice.

5. Appropriate levels of support are in place for staff when implementing trauma-informed practice eg supervision, reflective practice, coaching.

6. Data and feedback are regularly collected and used to evaluate and make changes to policy and practice to ensure they are trauma-informed.

7. Are there any barriers to you or your organisation or service adopting trauma-informed practices? For example buy-in from senior leaders, resources, time to undertake training etc.

8. Thinking about any barriers, is there any support you and/or your organisation need to help embed or improve trauma-informed practice?

Section 3. Training

The National Trauma Training Programme, coordinated by NHS Education for Scotland, has produced a wide range of free resources, including a leadership development component, to support all sectors of the workforce to upskill staff to the appropriate level of trauma-informed practice and to embed and sustain this model of working. More information on the programme and resources is available here.

9. Prior to completing this survey were you aware of the National Trauma Training Programme? *

1. Yes

2. No

3. Don't know

10. Have you ever completed any of the following training/info sessions offered by the National Trauma Training Programme? Please select all that apply.

1. Trauma-informed: for example Animations opening doors and sowing seeds

2. Trauma skilled: for example Developing your trauma skilled practice E-module, filmed interviews

3. Trauma enhanced: Safety and Stabilisation and Survive and thrive

4. Trauma specialist for example Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training

5. STILT (Scottish Trauma-informed Leaders Training) webinars and workshops

6. Training offered by your area's local transforming psychological trauma implementation coordinator.

7. The introductory webinar to the NTTP (held in Dec. 2020 and Feb. 2021)

8. Trauma skilled e-module

9. None of these

10. Other (please specify):

11. Have you ever accessed training around developing trauma-informed practice by another provider or organisation?

1. Yes

2. No

3. Don't know

If you answered "yes" and would like to provide details, please do this here

Section 4. Further Information

12. If you would like to anonymously share any examples of good practice and/or policies to support professionals to work in a trauma-informed way within your own organisation or service, please do so here.

13. If there is anything else you would like to add about any of the topics raised in this survey, please use this space to do so. Please note that we are unable to respond to individual comments.



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