Oscar Kilo has been up and running a year now and to mark the occasion, I have penned a few words that attempt to capture what has been achieved so far and what’s in store for the next 12 months.
Firstly, thank you to everyone who has signed up to Oscar Kilo and has committed to the Blue Light Framework self-assessment. We now have 42 of 43 forces in in England & Wales plus a number of other non-Home Office forces signed up, and, we are in advanced discussions with Fire and Rescue Services too. This means we have achieved an almost 100% sign up (across policing) to the only sector-specific wellbeing diagnostic in the world!
It’s true, nobody has yet developed what we are putting into place here, so well done to everyone involved and those who are on the journey with us. It’s a great start focusing on the evidence base and those closest to the work sharing research, practice and innovation.
Secondly, we had our first annual conference: ‘Upbeat – Raising the Game in Police Wellbeing’ in collaboration with the brilliant Police Dependant’s Trust at the Emirates Stadium in London in March. This was attended by over 200 practitioners and subject matter experts and we learned an enormous amount. This will now be an annual event and 2019 is already booked and being planned as we speak – so keep an eye out for invitations.
Thirdly, we have been working hard to support the College of Policing with the £7.5m Police Transformation Fund and so far, we have worked with specialist consultancy to design the specification for a national wellbeing service. Our goal, supported and overseen by Nick Hurd MP the Police & Fire Minister, is to provide world class wellbeing support for all of those who work in policing. The service spec will include proposals to recruit a Chief Medical Officer for policing, specialist referral and liaison embedded inside the NHS, a fleet of ‘prevent & detect’ outreach vehicles circulated across all contributing forces and mandated standards for Occupational Health. We are busy costing this in readiness for a December decision, so watch this space.
Finally, we are scheduling a range of workshops to support our community of practice in relation to planning, peer review and innovation. These will take place later in 2018 and into 2019.
How have we done all of this in 12 months? Well, this is all built on the work I have been doing on the wellbeing agenda for five years now. Oscar Kilo is the latest milestone in a lifelong journey that requires us all to look to the future, not always the crisis of today. It takes selfless leadership to roll your sleeves up and get hands on with the cultural change required to improve wellbeing because we have to prioritise prevention and in the midst of the day to day pressure this can be lost.
I’ll leave you with an interesting fact…. What do you think rated as the highest driver of wellbeing after workload and resources? Fair treatment and feeling valued is up there at the top. Why do I sign off with this information? Because THAT folks is absolutely everyone’s responsibility and it’s also free.