Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Our employee well-being

Fostering employee well-being is good for people and the organisation. Promoting well-being can help prevent stress and create positive working environments where individuals and organisations can thrive. Good health and well-being can be a core enabler of employee engagement and organisational performance.

– Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Employee well-being strategy

Over the next five years we will develop and implement a well-being strategy, enabling us to:

Occupational health policies

Provide robust, fit for purpose occupational health (OH) policies and procedures

Having excellent OH procedures, initiatives and providers is crucial to:

  • Maintaining the efficient running of the Service.
  • Maintaining a healthy workforce.
  • Monitoring the health and well-being of our employees.

Through monthly contract management of our OH provider, and various OH and well-being initiatives, we are always looking for ways to improve employee services, health and well-being.

Help staff plan finances
Survey staff welfare
Support carers
Mitigate workplace stress
Develop fitness of our staff
Support ageing workforce
Support female staff
Support work-life balance

Employee well-being updates

BFRS a smoke free zone

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
As of 1 May 2013, Our organisation became a smoke-free Service. This means that smoking is not tolerated on any of the Fire Authority’s premises (including the fire ground and training venues) by any employees including temporary staff, Fire Authority…

Critical incident stress debriefing (CISD)

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
By the very nature of the Fire Service’s work personnel are at risk of exposure to potentially distressing events. Physical, emotional and psychological reactions to these events are normal (and not always negative).  On the majority of occasions people will…

Welfare Officer

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
The Authority employ a Welfare Officer who has a key role in identifying any employee who may need help and assistance. The Welfare Officer maintains a link with employees through any period of difficult circumstances or absence and uses their…

eLearning stress modules

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
Stress awareness When we feel stress, we are experiencing the body’s reaction to a challenging situation. We have evolved over millennia to meet a challenge, or a threat, by either fighting it or running from it. This reaction is commonly…

Blue light programme

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
The best way to handle an emergency? Stop it happening in the first place. Being in the Fire Service, we know this better than anyone, and it goes for your mental health too. We know that by learning some simple ways…

PAM newsletter

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
Our Occupational Health provider is People Assett Management (PAM) Their role is to provide support to both employees and managers, in an advisory capacity and act as ‘the competent person’ in all health related procedures that the Service adheres to. PAM…

Develop our fitness and nutrition procedures

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
New fitness procedure The Authority has published a fitness procedure which sets out the required fitness standards of all operational staff. The procedure also demonstrates a commitment to establishing a positive well-being culture throughout the whole Service.  The procedure encourages…

Periodically survey the welfare of our staff

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
Work-life balance and well-being Survey In the autumn of 2014 we carried out a Work-life balance and wellbeing survey to gauge employee opinions and feelings about how being an employee of BMKFA affected their lives as a whole, inside and…

Help our staff to plan their finances

By People Admin | 23rd November 2016
Medium term pre-retirement course Following the successful pre-retirement courses that the Service ran in January 2016, we decided to run further courses aimed at staff retiring in the next five to ten years. This course has been provided as a result…