POA Circulars

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 8th September 2020, for your information.


Many members may be unaware that the Winter Influenza Vaccination Programme for the 2020/21 flu season has been extended, with more groups eligible to receive the Influenza Vaccine than in previous years. 

The COVID-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA) is a new, time-limited charity which makes grants to organisations that are supporting health care staff who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on hardship and psychological support.

As local committees continue to work on Exceptional Delivery Models that will progress regimes from level 3 to level 2, we should remain vigilant to the threat of COVID in our secure settings.

Distribution of the POA diary for members will commence within the next seven days. Retired members will receive their diary with the Winter issue of Gatelodge in December.


On 8th September 2020, the POA National Executive Committee met and the role of Dog Handlers was discussed. Due to the complexities of the role our members undertake it was agreed that the POA would set up a Dog Handlers Consultative Committee.


Please find attached NEC minutes for the 26th August 2020, for your information.


New Guidance has been published which is available on the Intranet. The document is entitled: Guidance for the Support and Management of those Staff who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, those Living with the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and the Clinically Vulnerable.

The POA are proud to announce another new membership benefit through a partnership with Griffin Military & Diplomatic, POA Motoring.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 12th August 2020, for your information.

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.