POA Circulars

128 | 06.10.2010

Human Resources: DPSM'S

The POA HR Sub Committee raised a number of issues regarding the above grade after concerns were raised by POA members.

At the HR meeting on the 30th September 2010, the HR Director confirmed that if any DPSM fails the training programme or decides to revert back, they will return to the closed PO Rank. When asked for an explanation as to why some Governors were advising staff this was not the case, NOMS said it could only be a misunderstanding.

At the same meeting questions were put to the HR Director in respect of Tornado Payments for DPSMs following the clarification provided by Robin Wilkinson as outlined in POA Circular 110/2010 . The POA HR Sub Committee advised NOMS that the clarification was at odds with the Q and A published by the Service and that some DPSMs had raised grievances over the issue. NOMS have indicated that they will deal with each grievance separately and clarify the position further if necessary. If you have performed duties which attract a Tornado Payment, but don’t receive payment you should seek legal advice immediately as the time limit for issuing proceedings in the Employment Tribunal for unlawful deductions from wages is three months less one day from when the deduction was made, i.e. three months less one day from when you expected the money to be in your pay and not from the conclusion of the grievance procedure.

Further clarification was sought in respect of C&R advanced training and duties. NOMS have indicated that no DPSM or any grade can be forced to undertake this duty and staff will not be disadvantaged if they withdraw from the local complement. We trust this clarifies the issues but should any member feel disadvantaged they should raise a grievance and seek legal advice.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support and co-operation.

Please draw the contents of this circular to those members at your establishment.

Yours sincerely


National Chairman


Yours sincerely


General Secretary