Wellbeing

The National Police Wellbeing Service, Oscar Kilo and other guidance provided by the College.

Wellbeing services and useful information

The National Police Wellbeing Service and Oscar Kilo

This supports officers and police staff with:

  • mental and physical health support
  • mental health outreach support
  • training and toolkits to improve the provision in individual forces

Access its services through the Oscar Kilo website.

The Blue Light Wellbeing Framework

Contains learning from across the emergency services, academia and Public Health England to provide organisations with a self-assessment tool that sets the standard for the emergency services. Organisations using the wellbeing 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.

Guidance on responding to trauma in policing

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.

Guidance on death in service 

Two guidance documents are available which are designed to ensure that, in the event of a death of a serving officer or member of staff, an effective process is in place to manage the impact with minimum distress to relatives and colleagues, and to minimise disruption to the force.  

These circulars also provide information on the available support groups and advise forces as to how they can support surviving family members:     

Guidance on psychological risk management

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.

The guidance is to help forces 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 more information on this guidance email us: ODfaculty@college.pnn.police.uk

Flexible working

Find out about the benefits of flexible working to individuals and for forces and the service. And guidance for police officers, staff and managers.

College guidance on staying safe in the pandemic

A wide range of information is available to support forces during the COVID-19 pandemic, including: