Upbeat! Raising the game on police wellbeing

Gill Scott-Moore
Chief Executive

March saw the Police Dependants’ Trust host the 2nd annual conference on police wellbeing in partnership with the National Police Chiefs Council and Oscar Kilo with a new focus, new set of priorities, and a new name… Upbeat!

Following on from the successful 2017 conference on post-traumatic stress in frontline policing, this year was all about raising the game in police wellbeing. As well as hearing first-hand accounts of the impact of modern policing on its people, delegates heard about work being done Nationally to develop a trauma resillience programme by the Trust, approaches to trauma risk management from the College of Policing, and the new National wellbeing strategy from the National Police Chief’s Council.

As part of the output for the conference, the 200+ delegates attending the conference put forward the issues they would like to see prioritised by the service going forward, and Mr. Rhodes QPM, wellbeing lead for the NPCC will be responding to them in due course.

My thanks to everyone who participated, and shared their knowledge and expertise in what was an excellent conference. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive on the substance of the conference, and are already asking about 2019 – rest assured, plans are being discussed at the moment, and details will come out in due course.

Kind regards,

Sessions

Keeping the peace and falling to pieces

In this session, John will discuss crime and calamity, adventure and achievement, friendship and failure, laughter and loss, the best and the worst of humanity, serious illness and slow recovery. With searing honesty, John offers an immensely moving and personal insight into what it is to be a police officer in Britain today.

Mr. John Sutherland
Chief Superintendent (Retd.), Metropolitan Police

John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992, having dreamed of being a police officer since his teens. Rising quickly through the ranks, and compelled by the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, he worked across the capital, experiencing first-hand the enormous satisfaction as well as the endless trauma that a life in blue can bring.

Trauma resilience in operational policing

Jess will provide an update on the Trauma Resilience in UK Policing project launched at the March 22 2017 conference on post-traumatic stress in frontline policing. A short revision session on the workings of the Policing Mind will pave the way for an exclusive preview of findings from the last 9 months’ work looking at trauma exposure in high-risk roles such as CSE, CT and SO15, call handling and firearms. The session will be infused with words from officers themselves as they talk frankly with Jess about their experiences of trauma and resilience.

Dr. Jessica Miller
Neuropsychologist
Research Fellow, Police Dependants’ Trust

Dr Jess Miller leads the Trauma Resilience in UK Policing project, bringing 20yrs research experience including work in critical incident support and preventing violent extremism. Jess now translates the latest neuroscience into the reality of operational policing. With the help of over 100 officers and staff in forces around the UK, she promotes simple techniques and manageable workplace changes to empower and protect the Policing Mind.

Responding to need: an update from Police Dependants’ Trust

Drawing on the injury on duty research, the 2017 post-conference report on post-traumatic stress in frontline policing, and the body of work the Trust has been undertaking since 2015, Gill will give a brief overview of the Trust and its wider activities beyond today’s event, the role it plays in supporting both individual officers & families and the service as a whole, and the planned activities to further support the wellbeing of the service and its people.

Mrs. Gill Scott-Moore
Chief Executive, Police Dependants’ Trust

Gill is Chief Executive of the Police Dependants Trust. An accountant by profession Gill’s worked in FTSE 100 companies and NHS commissioning as well as a number of voluntary roles including BBC Children in Need. Her experience of policing began as an independent member of Surrey Police Authority where she had specific responsibilities for finance, performance and protective services. Since joining the PDT in 2014 she has been leading a programme of modernisation, expanding the activities of the trust with a specific focus on wellbeing.

Wellbeing in action: Initiatives in force

The Police Dependants’ Trust wellbeing grants have funded over 40 new initiatives in forces up and down the country  since 2015. Aimed at projects that improve the wellbeing of officers and staff, grants of up to £3000 are awarded to fund relevant, innovative, and evidence-based projects at a local level. Five such projects are highlighted today:

Feel well, Live well, Kent (and Essex) Police
Amanda Humphrey

Pilot four-week programme to help empower staff to take responsibility for their own mental health and wellbeing and to equip them with the tools, techniques, and strategies to get through difficult periods.

Backup Buddy, Sussex (and Surrey) Police
PS Gary Botterill

The Backup Buddy Police Support app is designed to help with mental health issues. It gives practical advice and support on how officers can maintain good mental health, spot warning signs for themselves and others, plus advice on how to get help for themselves and colleagues.

Returning to work after parental leave, Essex Police
Rachel Evans

A programme to support men and women overcome the anxiety and apprehension of returning to work following parental leave. Through a series of lunch and learn sessions, staff are supported back to work and manage their work/life balance whilst reducing the guilt about not being at home with the children.

Contemplation room, Lancashire Constabulary
DC Tim Dodgson

The ‘Contemplation Room’ offers a calm and relaxing space for visitors to unwind away from their desks. The room has been used daily and has had a profound effect on the wellbeing of officers and staff.

Are you getting enough? Staffordshire Police
Suzannah Hollinshead

This ‘sleep to perform’ programme provides a series of seminars around essential sleep education, dealing with daytime stress, the transition between work and home, and how to sleep well at night, having a positive impact on their overall wellbeing and performance.

3 approaches to Trauma Risk Management

This session will discuss trauma responses in policing and unpack the practical implications for policing, including trauma exposure risks, the role of leadership, personal resilience, and the signs that people are struggling. Noreen and Ian will then provide guidance for those involved in generalist and specialist roles, and touch upon disaster responses to traumatic events.

Dr. Noreen Tehrani
Chair, Disaster & Trauma Psychology section, British Psychological Society
Dean of Applied Trauma Psychology studies, Middlesex University

Noreen has a special interest in psychological trauma and written two books on workplace trauma, as well as working with victims of the Manchester Bomb, the Paddington and Potters Bar rail crashes, victims of the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks, and a wide range of other traumatic incidents including child abuse, murder, rape, fatal accidents and road crashes.

Dr. Ian Hesketh
Senior Policy Adviser, College of Policing

Dr Ian Hesketh joined the Organisational Development and Leadership Faculty at the College of Policing having served in Lancashire Constabulary for thirty years working in a number of specialist teams including armed response, police partnerships and the mounted branch, as well as being seconded to the United Nations and the OSCE.

An Honorary Researcher at Lancaster University, his research interests are centred on Wellbeing and Transformation in the context of Policing.

Match Fit: Impact of sports, social and physical activity on police wellbeing

Mr. Matt Jukes QPM
Chief Constable, South Wales Police
Chair, Police Sport UK

Mr Jukes QPM was appointed Chief Constable of South Wales Police in January 2018 having joined as ACC in 2010. He began his career in South Yorkshire as a Constable in Sheffield, and has held positions within CID, local policing and counter-terrorism, as well as representing UK policing at G8 meetings in the United States.

He is a member of the Prince’s Trust Advisory Council in Wales, has the NPCC portfolio for the recruitment, retention and wellbeing of investigators, and is Chair of Police Sport UK.

Ms. Helen Oliver
Research Assistant, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Helen is a PhD student at Cardiff Metropolitan University researching health and wellbeing at South Wales and Gwent Police forces. Understanding whether exercise, or another mechanism, can play a similar role in increasing resiliency over stress and improving wellbeing within police, the project will promote wellbeing across the forces, helping individuals to remain and thrive in work.

National wellbeing strategy – an update

In this session, Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, in his capacity as National NPCC Lead for Wellbeing, will give an overview of the national wellbeing journey so far and outline a brand new, exciting programme of work which will help to fulfil his ‘ambition to provide world class wellbeing support for policing’. A short Q and A will follow this session.

Mr. Andy Rhodes QPM
Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary
Lead for Organisational Development & Wellbeing, National Police Chiefs’ Council

Andy Rhodes is the Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary. He is also the NPCC Lead for Well-being, Staff Engagement  and Organisational Development. For the last 3 years Andy has held the position of Professional Community Chair for OD and International policing in the College of Policing. He was awarded the QPM in 2016 and has an MBA and a Post Graduate Certificate in coaching.

Outside of work Andy enjoys thinking about work and training for competitive triathlon.

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