‘Blue Light’ champion nominated for national awards

A MENTAL health champion has been nominated for two awards in recognition of his work.

Inspector Phil Spencer, of Cleveland Police, volunteered to be the force’s Blue Light Programme Coordinator in 2015 after it was recognised that some emergency services personnel were struggling with their mental health and wellbeing due to the stress caused by the incidents they attend.

He has now been nominated for a Diversity Champion Award at The Excellence in Diversity Awards and a Voice & Influence Award at the Catalyst Achievement Awards 2018.

The officer works closely with partners including mental health charity Mind to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing amongst emergency services personnel. He created a Blue Light network of agencies, involving the RNLI and Mountain Rescue teams, and pulled together a group of ‘champions’ within the Force who are passionate about supporting colleagues through difficult times.

He also leads the way for protecting vulnerable people with dementia and has worked closely with the Alzheimer’s Society to ensure that Cleveland Police is a ‘dementia friendly organisation’.

Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless said: “Phil has done some exceptional work with the Alzheimer’s Society and the Blue Light Programme. As such Cleveland Police is now seen as a pioneer amongst other Forces within the Programme. There is no doubt that his dedication and commitment to the role has heightened awareness and benefited officers and staff alongside others in the wider community.”

To vote visit www.excellenceindiversity.co.uk/nominate/ and voting closes in August 

Source: The Northern Echo

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