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Topical discussions from Cheshire Police Federation with featured special guests.

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Topical discussions from Cheshire Police Federation with featured special guests.

    Episode 16 – Why sharing my story can stop stigma, with Mark Naylor

    Episode 16 – Why sharing my story can stop stigma, with Mark Naylor

    Detective Sergeant Mark Naylor, a Cheshire Police Federation member, became only the second recipient of the Inspiration in Policing Award at the National Police Bravery Awards in London last month.

    He was chosen because of his commitment over the past three years to helping officers better understand what it is like to be a survivor of sexual abuse.

    He talks to host Andrew Simpson about the response of colleagues, family and friends to his work tackling taboo subjects being recognised in this way.

    Mark also tells us about the moment when he realised how sharing insights from his personal experience might enhance investigators’ understanding of a victim’s point of view.

    Among the questions answered during this episode are:

    Why are the National Police Bravery Awards important?

    What benefits to policing are there if stigma surrounding sensitive subjects is removed?

    How do you prioritise your own wellbeing when reliving traumatic experiences?

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    • 32 min
    Episode 15 – Is policing ‘back to normal’?

    Episode 15 – Is policing ‘back to normal’?

    Is policing ‘back to normal’?

    If not, where are we?

    Dan Lever, equality and wellbeing lead for Cheshire Police Federation, describes the conditions that police officers are working in after the Government ended all restrictions it had imposed in England during the coronavirus pandemic.

    He also tells host Andrew Simpson how his priorities are changing because of the impact on individuals of the past 18 months.

    The duo also revisits the topic of presenteeism in policing, including its emergence in digital form among workplace representatives that have been performing their role from home.

    Among the subjects tackled during this episode are:

    Are individual officers raising different concerns now than they were before the pandemic?

    How has the pandemic complicated the problem of presenteeism among police officers?

    What role does education have in raising awareness of, and then designing solutions for, presenteeism in all its forms?

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    • 27 min
    Episode 14 - What really is the value of nothing?

    Episode 14 - What really is the value of nothing?

    Jamie Thompson, the Cheshire Police Federation chairman, says officers feel worthless after they were told there would be no pay award this year.

    The Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB), tasked by the Government with recommending whether salaries should rise, has argued that doing so this time around was out of its remit.

    So how did we get here?

    Host Andrew Simpson receives an answer to that question before seeking to find out how an apparent stand-off with the Home Secretary can be ended.

    Among the subjects tackled during this episode are:

    What are the consequences for officers of no pay award?

    Can trust be restored between the police service and the Home Secretary?

    Why the Federation can’t behave in a dispute like other workplace associations or trade unions

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    Is 2021 the year of ‘Policing under pressure’?

    What are the biggest challenges police officers have faced during the coronavirus pandemic?

    When will we know the toll working during a pandemic has had on frontline workers like the police?

    • 28 min
    Is 2021 the year of ‘Policing under Pressure’?

    Is 2021 the year of ‘Policing under Pressure’?

    Jamie Thompson, the Cheshire Police Federation chairman, answers that question as part of his reflections on the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) annual conference.

    He is in candid form as host Andrew Simpson asks for insight on the most important topics up for discussion during the two-day virtual event last month.

    Among the subjects tackled during this episode are:

    Do officers in Cheshire feel that the Home Secretary has their back?

    Pensions and pay: why are these the issues officers ask most often about?

    What might the impact be locally if forces are only allowed to recruit candidates with a degree?

    To conclude, the pair discusses how perceptions of policing are shaped by media coverage.

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    • 38 min
    Episode 12 - Part 2 - June 2021

    Episode 12 - Part 2 - June 2021

    Do we underestimate the part played by work in nurturing good mental health?

    Police officers often acknowledge they are under a lot of pressure, and so it is unsurprising they feel stressed or anxious in a highly challenging role.

    According to research by Mind, police service employees are more than twice as likely to identify problems at work as the main cause of mental ill health compared to the general workplace.

    Since the start of the pandemic, those sensations have only become more acute.

    During part two of an interview with a serving inspector from Cheshire Constabulary, host Andrew Simpson asks the following:

    Does the unique nature of policing make officers more vulnerable to mental ill health?

    When it comes to emotional wellbeing, does the approach need to be different when it comes to team leaders with responsibility for others?

    What more can be done, in terms of prevention, to reduce the risk that an individual reaches crisis point?

    If you haven’t yet listened to the first half of this interview, then you can do so here.

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    • 35 min
    Episode 12 - May 2021

    Episode 12 - May 2021

    The theme of emotional wellbeing isn’t a new one for us, but the purpose of this two-part interview – with a serving inspector from Cheshire Constabulary – is to introduce a contrasting perspective to ones we’ve shared previously.

    The question we want to answer is: Are we looking out for our leaders?

    Host Andrew Simpson also asks our guest to share her thoughts on the following:

    How do the demands on a team leader impact on mental health?

    Are inspectors less likely to share their struggles in the workplace?

    What is it like to not show your whole self at work each day?

    This edition was recorded during Mental Health Awareness Week.

    For those that don’t know, this is an annual event – started more than two decades ago by the Mental Health Foundation – that encourages us to start conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it.

    Of course, one of those is our relationship with work.

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    • 32 min

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