Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service has launched Foundation Occupational Health Standards for Police Forces – a set of Occupational Health standards to ensure that health and wellbeing of officers and staff is better supported and there is more consistency across UK policing.
The Foundation Standards, have been developed with Occupational Health Nurse Advisors to the Police Service (OHNAPS) and the Association of Local Authority Medical Advisors (ALAMA) with the full support of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM).
The standards are intended as guidance to establish a benchmark for the structure of Occupational Health Services and put in place the building blocks for services that are more consistent across the country, while still being adaptable to local demand.
We fully recognise that many Occupational Health Services are under pressure to meet the needs of their forces, and we will provide as much support and guidance to forces as we can to help them adopt these standards.
The launch of these standards also complements the new psychological risk assessment being rolled out to forces which will allow Occupational Health Teams to provide screening and support to officers and staff in higher risk roles.
The Occupational Health Standards are adaptions of the nationally recognised Safe, Effective, Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) standards with a policing focus. It is anticipated that ‘Enhanced’ and ‘Advanced’ standards will be developed in the future for forces wishing to progress beyond basic service provision to become exemplar OH providers.