In August 2020, five police forces in the UK were asked to pilot the online OK Peer Support training hosted on this website.
This training package is based on our OK Peer Support for Wellbeing model and has been designed specifically for those operating in emergency services environments. Primarily the online training is aimed at Police Officers and Police Staff who are, or will be, the designated Peer Support Co-ordinator lead in their force, for onward delivery to their Peer Supporters. The training, which has been has been split into ‘bite size’ modules includes:
- What is Peer Support?
- Communication and Supportive relationships
- Stigma and non-clinician conditions
- 3 Mental health modules.
This training will soon be available to all forces once we have assessed all the feedback from the pilot forces. If you wish to enquire about the online course please contact the team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To date we have had the following feedback from those who have completed the online training.
Kerry Sharp Registered Mental Health Nurse, Thames Valley Police
‘The online peer support training offered by Oscar Kilo is an invaluable resource and has been exceptionally well received by the Peer Supporters in Thames Valley Police. This has given us the flexibility to offer continued training and development away from a classroom environment and the current challenges presented by Covid-19.
This was an excellent refresher for me as an established Peer Supporter and it contained a lot of new learning too; it’s a brilliant package and I feel much more confident about having conversations as a Peer Supporter after completing the online learning. As a co-ordinator, the package gives me confidence that my peers are well prepared as well as giving them a resource to return to if needed.’
Inspector Wayne Bolton, Health and Wellbeing, Warwickshire Police
‘I have had a great opportunity with Oscar Kilo on many events, which has also included the train the trainer Peer Supporters course. The course online, is around the same concept to the course that I attended, there may only be slight differences, away from that face to face contact, the only thing missing is the nice buffet lunches each day.
Once the training has been completed, they are on hand (NPWS Team) to guide you on how to sell the idea of Peer Support within your organisation, or how to enhance the services that you already may have.’
T/Chief Inspector Rebecca Rowley-Smith Specialist Operations for Bedfordshire Police, Cambridge and Hertfordshire Constabularies
‘I took part in the Peer Support train the trainer course online in order to start setting up the network for our collaborated unit. The course was clear and interesting. Whenever I didn’t understand a slide or had difficulty with the technology, the NPWS team were there to either put something in layman’s terms or help in mending or re-directing the ICT so it made sense. Working with another force, I am now ready to launch this. I would highly recommend this course, particularly with the support given’.