The COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak is presenting the entire world with an unprecedented challenge, one that none of us have seen or dealt with in our lifetimes.
As we are all aware, the overall response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic is being led by Public Health England and the police specific response being led by the National Police Chief’s Council.
Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service is now advising the National Police Chief’s Council response specifically around ‘workforce welfare & wellbeing’ and looking to provide support to all forces by taking existing guidance being developed nationally at a government level and translating that into a policing context.
Police forces are operationally independent – national guidance will provide a framework and consistency however, forces will still be able to make decisions around their policy and processes locally which they will communicate and promote in their own organisations.
What else Oscar Kilo is doing to help?
Given the ever changing landscape of public health and government advice, we will continue to signpost to those national sources of information through GOV.UK and NHS websites so that you have the most up to date guidance. This includes specific guidance for first responders. Links are included at the bottom of this article.
Also, we have been able to develop work in a few areas that we hope will support and guide forces in their response to this and we will continue to look at further ways we can support you over the coming days, weeks and months.
- A dedicated Coronavirus page on the Oscar Kilo website which will be kept up to date with signposting to the latest information and guidance
- Advice to organisations / management about your wellbeing response
- Advice around home working
- Advice around looking after yourself if you need to self-isolate
- An online space for police wellbeing practitioners to talk to and learn from each other.
We want to assist forces by capturing best practice and providing a platform that practitioners can learn from each other as we face this unprecedented challenge. We are encouraging anyone leading on the health and wellbeing response to this in their force to join our LinkedIn practitioner community – search ‘Oscar Kilo Practitioner Community’. This is a member only group for policing wellbeing practitioners and requests to join are moderated by the OK Digital Resource and Engagement Manager.
These measures are unprecedented and we want to reassure everyone that we are doing everything we possibly can to support the national plan to help maintain a safe service for our staff and the public.