How it works
Through the wellbeing lead (DCI level) under the people board and assisted by a project manager (DS level) and a network of wellbeing champions across the command – we worked with the external provider Health@Work consultants to implement a wellbeing framework looking at eight areas of wellbeing.
Health@Work are the only provider of an accreditation of this type within the UK. They are a not-for-profit business offering a wide range of safety, health and wellbeing related products and services either through funded programmes or commercial work.
Established in 1990 and recognised both locally and working with hundreds of organisations every year. The charter looks at eight areas of wellbeing within a framework which regions must evidence in order to achieve accreditation. Leadership, absence management, health and safety, mental health, smoking, physical activity, healthy eating and alcohol and substance misuse.
These align, in the main, with both the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework (BLWF) and the majority of wellbeing strategies currently in place both in force and within regions that have mature strategies. It will also help shape those regions who have yet to fully implement theirs. It forms a basis to align current wellbeing offerings providing a framework to set and track the progress against current and future wellbeing interventions using both quantitative and qualitative data.
Being awarded the workplace wellbeing charter will visibly demonstrate policing’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of its staff. Awarded by an external and non-police body, it will reinforce our commitment and be a key factor in the recruitment and retention of staff. It also brings us in line with similar work which partner agencies are engaged in.