Welcome to Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week Metropolitan Police style.
Whilst not all roles at the Metropolitan police require defined levels of physical fitness to complete related tasks safely, there is no denying that successful and practical policing activity in London and its boroughs requires more often than not at its core a physically fit and healthy workforce. Indeed, Policing activity in itself poses a wide variety of significant risks to individuals’ health and wellbeing, both physical and / or psychological, and therefore there is a real benefit to keeping well and staying fit for work in that same challenging environment.
The Metropolitan police take the protection and management of workplace ill health risks encountered during policing activity very seriously. At all times they seek to promote initiatives such as the Great Britain Health and Wellbeing week, recognizing it as a new opportunity to repeat the important message that staff and officers should take time out to look after their health and that of their colleagues, both physically and psychologically. In particular, the Met’s Occupational Health department note that not only does good underlying health and wellbeing impact upon quality of life outside of work, but that it most importantly also reduces susceptibility to occupational diseases and injuries encountered in the workspace. Simply ‘fit for work’ also means ‘fit for life’.
Likewise there is significant potential benefit to the public health agenda in promoting health in the workplace, if not only to help decrease the burden that lifestyle related disease has on the NHS. If the Met's workforce of around 50,000 employees all promote and practicably commit to the importance of a healthy lifestyle, there is likely to be a very real demonstrable lifestyle risk impact on a far wider population by employee positive health engagements with families and friends.
Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week is a great opportunity for not only the Metropolitan Police service but for you individually to get formally engaged with a number of other London based organisations who also place the importance of health within their workforce as a priority. These organisations have come together to develop some really important materials that can be applied generally anywhere, from the workplace to home, from adults to kids.