We're involved in a number of projects to support the wellbeing of officers and staff.

National Police Wellbeing Service

​​The National Police Wellbeing Service is aimed at improving mental and physical health support for officers and staff and includes mental health outreach support, as well as training and toolkits to improve the provision in individual forces.

The service was introduced after research found that officers and staff, particularly those in frontline roles, did not have the time or consistent access to local support for their mental or physical wellbeing.

The National Police Wellbeing Service aims to:

  • Reduce stigma around seeking support or help
  • Improve knowledge, understanding of help and support available
  • Encourage people to support themselves and realise their own potential Improve personal resilience and self-help skills
  • Improve morale and engagement – how people feel at work
  • Improve and build on the police service reputation as a good employer and a great place to work.

Visit the Oscar Kilo site for full information.


Responding to trauma in policing

This guidance looks at some of the approaches, processes and mechanisms which can help police officers and staff ensure that they are adequately protected and supported in maintaining their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Addressing stress and trauma in policing is a complex area.  Our responding to trauma in policing guide provides a framework of risks and responses for three areas of officers and staff; first responders, specialists and disaster management and response.

Chief Constable Andy Rhodes in the foreword to the guidance says, "We need to do much more if we are to instil the confidence in our people that we care deeply about their mental health."

"If you think that guidance in trauma is the territory of the specialist, and you are about to delegate the application of the models contained within here, I urge you to think again."


Psychological Risk Management Guidance

We recognise that some officers and staff are exposed to a higher level of distressing experiences, materials and/or information. This exposure can affect mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

We have developed this psychological risk management guidance relating to the risk assessment and management of high-risk roles in policing.

It is the duty of each force to assess the psychological hazards affecting officers and staff, and put in place reasonable controls to mitigate and manage the psychological risk to employees.

This document provides guidance to forces considering how to assess and manage areas of policing where there is a higher level of exposure to psychological hazards known to be associated with an increased risk of anxiety, depression, primary and secondary trauma.

For further information please email us: ODfaculty@college.pnn.police.uk


Blue-Light Wellbeing Framework

The Blue Light Wellbeing Framework is a sector-specific framework for the emergency services.

Developed by the College the Blue Light Framework contains learning from across the service, academia and Public Health England (PHE) to provide forces with a self-assessment tool that sets a new standard for policing.

Organisations using the Framework will be able to audit and benchmark themselves against an independent set of standards that have been tailored to meet the specialist needs of emergency services staff. It will help you identify what your organisation already has in place and what gaps there may be in providing the best wellbeing provision you can for your employees.

You can download the Framework, or find more information on the Oscar Kilo website.

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