Since its launch in 2017, Oscar Kilo has grown at a rapid rate. Every police force in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, along with several other non Home Office forces and organisations, now subscribe to the site and have adopted the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework.
We continued to grow and just one year from our launch date, every Fire Service in the UK also signed up via the National Fire Chief’s Council.
As we continued to build Oscar Kilo, we worked with the Home Office, the College of Policing and the NPCC following the announcement of investment of £7.5 million (over three years) from the Police Transformation Fund to help provide enhanced welfare support for policing.
This programme, overseen by the College of Policing with support from the NPCC and Oscar Kilo, established the basis for a National Police Wellbeing Service which is due to launch in April 2019, and we are very excited to say that Oscar Kilo will become the home of this new service.
Oscar Kilo will continue to offer its services across all emergency services and will host the National Police Wellbeing Service under a brand new area of the website, which is coming soon.
What will the National Police Wellbeing Service do?
Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service aims to provide support and guidance for all police forces to improve and build upon wellbeing within their organisation. Everything about it is sector specific and designed to meet the unique needs of policing.
We want every member of the police service to feel confident that their wellbeing is taken seriously and that they are properly supported by their organisation. In order to do that, we will make sure that every force has access to the best guidance and support to provide top class wellbeing support for everyone who works for them.
Our aim is to help every member of the police service to understand how to build personal resilience, to feel confident that they can speak up when things aren’t going well and to get the best personalised support possible when they do.
Through supporting forces with their wellbeing provision, we hope to help:
- Reduce stigma around seeking support or help
- Improve knowledge and understanding of help and support available
- Encourage people to support themselves and realise their own potential
- Improve personal resilience and self-help skills
- Improve morale and engagement – how people feel at work
- Improve and build on the police service reputation as a good employer and a great place to work.
As an organisation, your force has a responsibility to provide support for you and ensure that you have access to the support you need, when you need it. Oscar Kilo is here to help them do that.
We know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to wellbeing and that the word ‘wellbeing’ means different things to different people – that’s why we will be encouraging forces to seek out many different options (that are evidence based) to equip people with the knowledge to be able to choose what support suits them best as an individual.
We will do this by offering practical support for your force in key areas that we know are priority areas such as; line management, dealing with trauma, major incident and disaster resilience, individual resilience and peer support.
We’ll also continue to encourage collaboration and learning across other emergency services ensuring best practice is based on the evidence of what works, giving the emergency services family as a whole to work together to achieve the best support for everyone.
We will be updating the site with more information about the National Police Wellbeing Service when it launches in April so make sure you check back and that you’re following us on social media @OscarKiloUK on Twitter and Oscar Kilo UK on LinkedIn.