Please see the below for a list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question which is not covered below, please contact us contact@oscarkilo.org.uk

–       What are the main aims and objectives of OK?

Oscar Kilo is about bringing assessment, learning and conversation about wellbeing into one place. Our mission is to provide resources that can be used to not only help shape wellbeing provision but also provoke debate and encourage collaboration and innovation.

We need to get the message to our staff that “it’s ok not to be ok”. Oscar Kilo has been created and designed to host the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework and bring together those who are responsible for wellbeing. It is a place to share learning and best practice from across emergency and blue light services so organisations can invest the very best into the wellbeing of their staff

It is the only place where you’ll be able to access the framework online, including the self-assessment tools to keep track on where you are up to and access discussion with peers around this critical area of business.

Initially adopted by the police service, both the Framework and Oscar Kilo online have been designed so all services can adopt and share the same approach – we want to cut across traditional organisational boundaries and empower us all to collaborate and improve our most valued asset – Our people.

–       Who are you aiming this at – individuals themselves or organisations?

Oscar Kilo is a management resource for the police service (and other emergency and essential services hopefully moving forward). It is aimed at those with a responsibility for wellbeing provision in their organisations to help shape their programmes of work and provide a platform for discussion and sharing of best practice.

–       What are the benefits you see for us as organisations?

If your organisation chooses to adopt the Framework, then you not only have access to the online self-assessment which has been designed to be make the process of working through the Framework much simpler, but, you will have access to a network of peer reviewers and access to resources, research and a network of likeminded professionals.

–       How will the website differ from other sites / apps we signpost people to e.g. health assured, PMAS wellbeing zone, our own wellbeing portals?

Ultimately, the difference is that ‘OK’ has been created for management and wellbeing leads to host the new framework and to provide an online self-assessment tool and going forwards, an online peer review function. The supporting areas of the site for example, the opportunity to share research, policy and best practice are available are organised to reflect the different areas of the Framework to make it easier, for those working through the Framework to find what they need in one place. It is not a resource that individuals would go to seek support directly.

–       If we sign up, what do you need from us? What resources do we need to make available?

There is no formal commitment that we expect, we hope that the site will be used as it is intended which along with completing your self-assessments, is that you will share good news, good practice, and interesting research. For example, we would be really keen to hear from you if you are doing anything newsworthy around wellbeing, if you’re involved in a piece of research or privy to a particularly relevant and useful resource for example, and we’ll share it or feature it for you and promote your good work.

       How protected is the site? What do people log in to see and what is open to anyone to see?

The site is secure and sits on its own dedicated server and has an SSL certificate. The members area is under a separate login area – You will have to log in to this area and be approved to be able to access the framework. Even with a login, you will only be able to access your own framework. The only time you would be able to access the data / information from another force is if you are requested and selected to do the online peer review. The discussion forum area is also locked down to members.

The rest of the site will be open to the public.

       How does sign up work? Will it use the police.pnn email address? For example, if I work for a County Council but across the police too, would I be able to use the site?

Yes, you would be able to use the site as it is not locked down to a .pnn address. We do however have a list of approved email addresses such as .pnn or .gov etc and as admins, will approve or deny membership. You are able to request a login by emailing contact@oscarkilo.org.uk

       Who will be monitoring the discussion area for anything that isn’t suitable, for example?

At the moment, we will not be monitoring it 24/7 but periodically, we will be checking and moderating where appropriate. You will find short explanation at the top of the discussion page which should address this.

       Who decides what content is used and suitable for sharing?

We do as the admin at this stage – we will regularly review that the site is delivering what users want / need taking on board any feedback we receive. The website is currently run by a communications professional who has experience of managing public facing websites.

       Is there an area where people can be signposted back to their local force wellbeing?

We hope to host a list of relevant contacts per force – if you would like to be included, please let us know, contact@oscarkilo.org.uk

       Who are the direct partners?

Outside of the NPCC, Public Health England (they have funded the initial development of the site), the College of Policing (the Framework is currently badged as a College product) and the HMIC as we hope that going forward, the Framework will be explicitly referred to within PEEL Legitimacy.

       Sustainability – how do you see the site developing going forwards?

This is obviously a key consideration and is very much at the forefront of our minds – We are currently pulling together sustainability strategy and we are having a number of conversations around this going forward.