Exciting Wellbeing Pilot with Dorset Police

Earlier this year, before lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19 were introduced, the team at AECC University College’s state-of-the-art Sport Performance Centre partnered with Dorset Police to support frontline officers in Bournemouth.

The pilot provision involved students from the BSc Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Science course at the University College, supervised by Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology, Phill Heritage.

The team conducted health screenings involving testing blood markers, body measurements and movement to assess the health of officers. They then worked with the service to advise on how to keep officers fit, healthy and happy.

Phill Heritage said: “This is a fantastic partnership and we are really pleased to be involved. At AECC University College, it’s important to us that we are involved in our local community. This is a valuable opportunity for our students to be directly involved in assessing and advising patients. It’s opportunities like this that help prepare them for life after graduation.”

Jon Nickson, Wellbeing Manager at Dorset Police, said: “We are excited to be working with AECC University College on this new wellbeing project. The health and wellbeing of our officers and staff is a high priority at Dorset Police and this partnership helps us in maintaining that vision. This is a great opportunity and we look forward to seeing the benefits of this pilot in action.”

This health provision may be provided to more officers from the Dorset Police Service in the future, depending on the outcomes of this pilot.

Health screening and performance testing are also available to the public. You can find out more about this by emailing sportperformance@aecc.ac.uk.