Service improvement and stress reduction – a WeCops chat

Published 30 Nov 2022
Written by
Oscar Kilo
National Police Wellbeing Service
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2 mins

Tonight (Wednesday 30 November), our Service Director, Andy Rhodes and programme lead, Liz Mead will be taking part in a WeCops chat about our new service improvement and stress reduction (SISR) programme.

What is the SISR programme, and where did it come from?

The Home Office’s Front Line Review (FLR) highlighted the need for urgent action to ensure the police were fully supported and valued. A package of immediate measures was brought forward in response and the Government has continued to look for ways to do more to improve police wellbeing and to address these concerns. 

The introduction of a Police Covenant is the next step to provide comprehensive, meaningful and lasting support to those working in policing. It will build on existing work to improve wellbeing and encourage enhancement of such support.   

Within this remit, we have introduced the SISR programme to identify and accelerate innovation and continuous improvement projects and reduce hindrance stressors across the policing landscape, to enhance workforce wellbeing and improve police service delivery.  

The programme will focus on strategic solutions in areas such as demand management and harnessing technology and data solutions common place outside of policing. The combination of technology, data and people provide a powerful lens through which we can narrow down the areas we can seek to improve.  

Raising awareness and having confidence to utilise data and technological solutions by senior leaders in policing would contribute to an improved service for the public due to efficiency and effectiveness being improved. This would also lead to more effective procurement outcomes and the application of data and technology in policing.   

Therefore, evidence suggests that this would be accompanied by less stress and fatigue in front line police officers, less failure demand, more intelligent commissioning of suppliers and better working with partners on service provision, both preventative and reactive. These benefits combined would expect to have a positive effect on workforce wellbeing. 

As this work progresses, you’ll be hearing more about this so make sure to check our social media and website over the coming months for more information.

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