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PR 99 04 Dec 2014

EDM 546 Independent Survey of POA reveals a totally demoralised staff

The POA welcomes the support of parliamentarians by way of EDM 546 after the publication of Professor Gail Kinman’s findings on work related stress and wellbeing of Prison Officers and Nurses in Psychiatric Secure Hospitals within the United Kingdom. The report also provided an independent view of the viability of a pension age of 68 for POA members.

The researchers from the University of Bedfordshire led by Professor Gail Kinman, presented their findings in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 19th November. Some of the key points included;

  • None of the benchmarks set by the UK Health and Safety Executive for the management of work related stress have been met.
  • Levels of psychological wellbeing and job satisfaction are considerably poorer than those found in other “highly stressed” occupational groups.
  • 84% of respondents indicated that they felt under pressure to come into work when they felt unwell.
  • Disclosing work related stress and “failure to cope” is highly stigmatised in the sector and little support seems to be available.
  • 7 out of every 10 respondents to the survey regret their choice of job.
  • 60% are considering leaving the Prison Sector in the near future.
  • POA members get considerably more support from colleagues than they do managers.
  • 75% of the sample surveyed indicated that working after 60 years of age would impair their job performance “very much”.
  • Less than 7% rate the quality of on the job training as very good or excellent.
  • 57% consider this to be poor or very poor.

The POA describe this report as damning. There is overwhelming evidence for an urgent review of members’ working conditions and staffing levels as well as plans to increase the pension age. The POA fully support EDM 546 and would urge Government to act now.

 

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