Speakers include: Andy Rhodes QPM, Chief Constable Lancashire Constabulary and Dr Rick Muir, Director, the Police Foundation
The Police Foundation is launching a new report ‘Police workforce wellbeing and organisational development’, generously funded by the Police Mutual Foundation.
Austerity, demand and wellbeing
The report shows that following a period of austerity and rising demand, there are signs of a deterioration in the wellbeing of police officers and staff. For example, there was a 35 per cent increase in police sick-leave for psychological reasons between 2010 and 2015. Police officers themselves identify the way in which change is managed as one of the main reasons for a deterioration in morale.
The report looks at the potential of the field of research and practice known as Organisational Development to address this problem. Organisational Development (OD) is an applied professional practice that focuses on how organisations can systematically enable good performance through the involvement of the entire workforce – all employees from top to bottom. It encourages organisations to constantly change and evolve and for programmes of change to involve the full and willing engagement of employees.
What can we learn?
The report also looks at what policing can learn from both the academic literature on Organisational Development and advanced practice from other sectors such as the NHS. It looks at how some UK police forces have been pioneering OD approaches and calls for the lessons to be more widely spread throughout policing.
While policing does not control the demands it faces nor the amount of resources available to it, it does control the way police forces are structured and managed. This event will discuss what policing can do to ensure that officers and staff are included in decision-making and that their contribution is fully valued during periods of change.
The event will include a presentation of findings of the report.
This is an invite-only event. If you would like to attend please contact the Police Foundation to request an invitation.