“If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is to appreciate the fantastic colleagues we have who have been out there from day one doing an amazing job of supporting the other frontline services and protecting the public.”
PFEW Wellbeing Secretary Belinda Goodwin highlights in her blog how the Federation have supported members and will continue to do so on the other side of the Coronavirus pandemic.
She said: “Covid-19 has irreversibly and fundamentally changed our way of life in many respects.
“What remains constant are the core principals of policing and colleagues doing all they can to protect the public.
“In return, they and their families deserve the very best care and support.
“Majority feel overworked, stressed and are still coming into work despite being physically or mentally unwell.”
Belinda raised the point that only 14% of officers said in the latest Demand, Capacity and Welfare Survey that they believe there were enough officers to manage the demands being made on them as a team.
She explained: “The Federation is working with Oscar Kilo on the National Police Wellbeing Service.
“We are pushing for cultural change and are regularly in conversations with police chiefs and key decision makers.
“To help support the mental health of officers doing an extraordinary job the Federation sought to expert advice from Dr Jess Miller, a Neuropsychologist at Police Care UK, and the University of Cambridge, on how they can manage the difficult situations and feelings they face.
“We created a video which we shared with all forces which includes various techniques officers can try to combat negative memories, feeling overwhelmed as well as encouraging them to be open and honest with line managers.”
Belinda added: “The Federation has also been instrumental in helping officers when they need to self-isolate, when they are vulnerable or when they have challenges around childcare.
“From the very start of the pandemic we also helped with arrangements for officers’ children to go to school, securing flexible working hours and adjustable duties.
“We are also continuing to support members financially because many still find themselves under pressure with partners furloughed.
“Many can’t earn extra money through overtime due to self-isolation or sickness absence.
“The Federation has had the backs of members for 100 years and we have never faced such a challenge in all that time, but we have risen to this challenge and will keep on doing all we can to protect the welfare and wellbeing of our colleagues.”