Read our latest bulletin: Aug 2023

Published 22 Aug 2023
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Oscar Kilo
National Police Wellbeing Service
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10 mins

Welcome to the Oscar Kilo, National Police Wellbeing Service latest bulletin which covers August 2023. Read on to find out what we have been up to and what to expect from us in the coming weeks.

What we've been up to

Oscar Kilo Awards 2023


The 2023 Oscar Kilo awards took place on 13 July at Science and Industry Museum in Manchester.

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. 

Find out who won what, and read all about the winning entries.

Read about the winners

If you are thinking about entering the 2024 Awards we will be opening the window for submissions on 1 December 23.

Sugar solution challenge


Many of us know we need to cut down on our sugar intake, but we also know how difficult this can be, especially with busy lives and when working long hours.

Nutritionist Anna Earl has put together a five day challenge to help support sugar reduction and promote a healthier lifestyle. This five day challenge is made up of daily tips, delicious sugar-free recipes, and guidance on navigating potential cravings.

Get ready to experience the benefits of a sugar-free diet and discover how small changes can make a big difference in your health and vitality.

Start your challenge

Samaritan webinars

Following on from the agreement of a suicide prevention consensus statement and the launch of our suicide postvention toolkit last year we are continuing our partnership with Samaritans by bringing you a series of five new webinars.

These webinars investigate some challenging subjects including emotional wellbeing, self harm and suicide.

The webinars have now taken place, but good news if you missed them we have uploaded the recordings to the website for anyone with an Oscar Kilo account to view.

The recordings of the webinars are only available for individuals working in UK policing.

Create an Oscar Kilo account to get access

To watch the recordings you will need to create an account on this website. This is really simple, just click the button below to create your account. You will then be able to access the Samaritans webinars in the login area.

Create new account here

If you already have an Oscar Kilo account

Sign in to your Oscar Kilo account and use the button below to access the webinars in the login area. (You need to log in to your account first or you will see an access denied message.)

Watch webinar recordings

We are here to help

Creating an account also gives you access to lots of other resources only available to people working in UK policing. If you need further support or don't have a email address please get in touch.

New advice to support breast health

You may remember back in June we told you about the work we are doing alongside breast health experts from Portsmouth and Lincolnshire Universities, to provide support and advice around breast health to officers and staff, and test the effectiveness of protective gear on women’s bodies. Read the full article

The pilot is now underway and the results will be out later in the year.

To support this important work we have added a breast health section to our website. Here you'll find out everything you need to know about your breasts along with some great advice on how to get the right bra with the right support for your role and lifestyle. 

Go to breast health

More OK9 wellbeing and trauma support dogs for the emergency services

We're really excited that our OK9 dogs will be expanding across the emergency services, as the work they do is crucial to supporting wellbeing especially in the aftermath of trauma. 

Funding from Blue Light Card Foundation will allow the placement of more dogs to other emergency services, widening the reach of this valuable support to more of the Blue Light community.

More about our wellbeing dogs

More about the Blue Light Card Foundation

What's coming soon

Conference season is almost upon us

Each autumn we see lots of national conferences and large scale events taking place in policing and the wider emergency services. Attending the right events gives us the opportunity to talk about what we do, share best practice and collaborate.

Over the next few months we will be attending the Police Superintendent's conference, the Emergency Services Show, the Police Memorial Day 20th Anniversary event and the National Black Police Association conference. We will also be hosting the Royal Foundation Mental Health Symposium in November.

We'll be giving you updates on each of these events in future bulletins, but if you are attending any of the above please come and find us and say hello.

New research aims to reduce road crashes caused by sleepiness

A new research project is aiming to reduce road crashes caused by sleepiness through monitoring shift-workers who drive either as part of their work, or when commuting - with the data being used to estimate and predict motorists’ fatigue levels.

The Road Safety Trust has awarded funding to Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and we are working alongside them to carry out the three-year SleepiEST project.

Further details on how you can take part in the survey as part of the first stage, will be announced on our website and across forces in September.

This short video by Nottingham Trent University explains the project.