Embedding health and wellbeing at the heart of Cheshire Constabulary Date published: 15th December 2015 11.21am

The health and wellbeing of officers and staff is a top priority for Cheshire Constabulary.

People are the heart of any organisation and by supporting staff and investing in their wellbeing, organisations can ensure their workforce is resilient and productive.

Today, as the HMIC praises the Force as being a caring organisation, that is good at identifying and responding to vulnerable people, Cheshire Constabulary is investing in the wellbeing of its own staff to ensure they can deliver the best possible service to Cheshire communities.

The establishment of a Health and Wellbeing centre at the Force headquarters in Winsford is the latest innovative approach to reinforcing Cheshire’s commitment to supporting staff.

The centre gives officers and staff access to a wide range of occupational health services including physiotherapy & counselling, where they need it, and when they need it.

This latest commitment is part of the Constabulary’s wellbeing programme. By investing in staff health and wellbeing the Constabulary can build resilience across the workforce and improve the services delivered by the organisation - as research shows a healthy and supportive workforce can be a high-performing workforce.

The Constabulary has also become one of the first police forces in the country to sign the Blue Light Time to Change pledge, which commits the organisation to ending mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace.

The Health and wellbeing programme ensures leaders and supervisors are equipped with the knowledge they require to support and improve their teams. At a recent leadership conference, leaders heard from a range of wellbeing expects who talked about how important physical and mental wellbeing is, to a successful organisation.

Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “I’m proud of the work that my officers and staff do on a daily basis, that is why I believe that we should do everything that we can to support their wellbeing. As Chief Constable of Cheshire I want to ensure that they have access to the support that they require, where they need it, when they need it.”

Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer said: “It’s rewarding to hear about the work the Constabulary has undertaken to help improve the wellbeing of both staff and officers.

“Cheshire Constabulary is a caring organisation and I believe that this important program of work will build on the professional way we deliver services here in Cheshire. I’m confident that this work will help to lead to a healthier, more productive workforce, providing better value for money for the people of Cheshire.”