Inside policing episode four – Wellbeing and health at work

Published on 31 May 2022
Join former police officer and innovation lead Rob Flanagan as he talks to the people behind today's top stories and hot topics
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Podcast host Rob Flanagan

In episode four of Inside policing, Rob Flanagan invites eight guests from across the service to explore wellbeing and health at work.

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Andy Rhodes, Director of the National Police Wellbeing Service, Oscar Kilo, explains why wellbeing and mental health is so important in policing. 

The important thing is that as a human being in an organisation, does the organisation, does my line manager, does my boss actually look like they care? 

Andy Rhodes, National Police Wellbeing Service

Garry Botterill runs a charity called Service Dogs UK that works with the National Police Wellbeing Service. He describes the benefits of introducing wellbeing and trauma support dogs for officers and staff.

The main thing that strikes me is the dogs, as they come into the room, they lighten the room, they lighten the mood. They allow people to step back from their desks or take time out from what they're doing. 

Garry Botterill, Service Dogs UK

Catherine Pritchard talks about her own experience of returning to work after recovering from breast cancer.  

Five years ago, I was diagnosed with grade three triple negative breast cancer, and my journey after that is really what I'm keen to share today. 

Chief Inspector Catherine Pritchard, Cheshire Constabulary

Rob talks to a group of subject matter about the role of occupational health (OH) in supporting police officers and staff – including consultants Liz Eades, John Harrison, Julie Feakin and Eleck Dodson from the National Police Wellbeing Service, and Zoe Davenport, who leads the National Psychological Risk Management Programme.

So I think OH, it should provide that space that police officers can come and offload some of the horrors that they deal with. 

Zoe Davenport, National Psychological Risk Management Programme lead

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