POA Circulars

At the time of writing this update I have to report that unfortunately another colleague has sadly lost their battle against COVID-19 and my thoughts and prayers during this tragic time are with family, friends and colleagues. Out of respect I will not be naming our colleague at this moment in time until I am officially permitted to do so.


Enclosed is guidance to follow if staff are threatened by Prisoners who cough or spit at them during the COVID outbreak.

Please find enclosed Joint Statement between POA/HMPPS.


We are pleased to announce that the Welfare Fund have agreed to cover the accommodation costs of any POA member who accesses the Center Parcs accommodation scheme.

As I do my weekly update pertaining to COVID-19 it is with regret that yet another colleague at HMP Wymott Mr David Bentham has died and I am sure all our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues at this distressing time. I am also aware that more prisoners in our care have sadly died as well and again our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.


Please find attached NEC minutes for the 20th and 25th March 2020, for your information.


Please find attached a message from Serve and Protect Credit Union (Police Credit Union) a POA member benefit who are offering a unique call back service for POA members to assist with their wellbeing during these unprecedented times.


Please find the updated FAQs on Terms and Conditions for our members in NHS England in respect of COVID-19.


During these troubling times the POA want to support you all as much as we possibly can. Please note the following Service which is available to all members;


Please find enclosed updates from Thompsons Solicitors in relation to employment matters during COVID 19.

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.