Arriving at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester early to set up, we were full of excitement for the day ahead, this was the first time for three years that we had been able to get everyone together and announce the winners of our Awards live - so there was a real buzz around the place.
The attendees were made up of, individuals who had been crucial to the success of their projects, wellbeing and occupational health leads and representatives from their chief officer teams.
It was lovely to see so many nominees turn up early, mixing with their counterparts from across the country, sharing ideas and good practice and having a catch up, some of them also took the opportunity to have a look around the museum.
After a delicious lunch we took our seats for the announcement of the winners and runners up in each category. The event was facilitated by our Service Director Andy Rhodes and Deputy CEO for the College of Policing Nick Bayley.
The Oscar Kilo Awards take place each year and are judged by our senior leadership team alongside external judges Professor Cary Cooper, co-chair of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing and president of CIPD and Linda Hindle, engagement lead for police, fire and ambulance services office for health improvement and disparities. The categories are based around the seven areas of the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework and this year we also gave two special awards.
The entries were once again of a high standard, it's always amazing to hear about all the work which is taking place in police wellbeing and to see how forces are developing their offer to support their staff.
Here's who won what
For full details on each of the projects check out our Awards page
Winner: Gloucestershire Constabulary - Embedding wellbeing into leadership
Runner-up: Merseyside Police - Leadership and me
Winner: Greater Manchester Police - Enhancing occupational health
Runner-up; Leicestershire Police - The Rosemary Conley 28-day immunity plan
Creating the environment:
Winner: Lincolnshire Police - Wellbeing collective
Runner-up: Greater Manchester Police - GMP armed forces network
Winner: Gwent Police - Gwent wellbeing team
Runner-up - Lincolnshire Police - Psychological screening programme
Winner: Durham Constabulary - Supporting personal financial resilience
Runner-up: West Midlands Police - Project alcohol experiment
Protecting the workforce:
Winner: Cheshire Constabulary - Protecting the workforce wellbeing programme
Runners-up: Humberside Police - Stay well campaign and Bedfordshire Police - Welfare and benevolent fund
Winner: Merseyside Police - Occupational health relaunch
Runner-up: Bedfordshire Police - Wellbeing bites
Non-Home Office force:
Winner: Ministry of Defence Police - MDPfit occupational fitness, health and wellbeing programme
Winner: Greater Manchester Police: Operation Manteline - Welfare strategy following the Manchester arena bombing.