Today saw the ten thousandth person receive a health check from the Wellbeing Outreach Service whilst at Cheshire Constabulary

New recruit Caitlin Slatford who is in her fifth week of training was surprised when she was told the news and was presented with an Oscar Kilo goodie bag. Caitlin is pictured with Johanna Duckworth from Oscar Kilo and Deb Tilbury, HR manager from Cheshire Constabulary.

Deb said “It’s fantastic having the wellbeing van on site and being able to take it to different locations around the force. We are always fully booked for the health checks, it’s a brilliant resource.”

The Wellbeing Outreach Service is a fleet of bespoke fitted vans, which can deploy to operating bases, offering physical, psychological and financial health checks to officers and staff, supported by Occupational Health staff or Occupational Health providers from each force area.

From research and feedback from various forces, we know that officers and staff often do not feel they have the time in their day to seek advice or support for their own wellbeing so these vans have been introduced so forces can bring their wellbeing services to the frontline.

From these ten thousand visitors there have been lots of officers and staff who have had health issues identified and have been in a position to do something about it. From identifying high blood pressure and high cholesterol to giving advice on weight loss, diet and exercise these health checks have had an impact on many.

The dedication and commitment of the Occupational Health practitioners and the Wellbeing Teams in forces across England and Wales has seen the vans being deployed in 25 of the 43 forces, with bookings being made on a daily basis we are hoping to cover all forces in 2020.