Members urged to take part in wellbeing survey


PUBLISHED 22 May 2023

IN News

A national police wellbeing survey has been launched and Cambridgeshire Police Federation chair Liz Groom is encouraging members to take part.

Members are being given the chance to have their say on the current state of wellbeing provision and support offered by forces.

The results will be assessed by police leaders for areas improvements can be made.

The survey is being led by Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service, and is run by the Policing Research Unit at Durham University with support from the College of Policing.

Now in its fourth year, the survey was launched on 15 May and will run for seven weeks.

Liz said: “It’s important that as many members as possible complete the survey so we can get an accurate picture of what’s affecting frontline officers and the areas in which support is needed.

“It will give members a chance to give their views on how the police service can best support them.

“By making our voices heard we’ll be able to help the continued development and improvement of services for the benefit of all officers.”

Andy Rhodes, service director for the National Police Wellbeing Service, said: “We carry out this survey because it is critical that our work is focused on what those working in policing every day are telling us they need.

“We have had fantastic response rates to previous surveys, and we want to build on that again this year.

“It is vital that we hear from as many people working in policing as possible so at both a national, and local level, we can prioritise the issues which matter the most, and design and develop the right interventions and support that policing needs.

“Each year, we respond directly to the findings from the survey, creating practical support at both organisational and individual level.

“In the past, we’ve done this in areas such as trauma, fatigue and physical fitness and so we want every member of the police service to feel reassured that it’s worthwhile taking part and that we will act upon the findings.

“The results will also help shape and inform the work we do on behalf of the Police Covenant which sees us now extending our focus to better support not only officers, staff and volunteers, but their families too – and those who leave the service.”

Andy Marsh, CEO of the College, said: “The National Wellbeing survey is a crucial opportunity for us to hear directly from those on the frontline about how we can best support them to keep people safe.

“The results of this survey can help identify the best ways for the College to assist colleagues who are working hard to keep our communities safe. Only by looking after our people can we help ensure they are able to look after the public and perform their critical roles.”

The survey can be accessed via the Force intranet.