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. We are pleased to announce that the POA have been successful in making an application to the Charity in respect of POA members who are health workers and have been awarded approximately £50,000 to be distributed for:

  • The relief of suffering, poverty, hardship and distress among nurses and other health and social care workers and their families and dependants; and
  • The protection of the physical and mental health of nurses and other health and social care workers and their families and dependants.

This can include a contribution for living costs for those who are required to self-isolate, financial support for those contracting the disease where recovery is lengthy and/or individuals who require rehabilitation to meet the criteria to be physically or mentally fit for work. Financial support for those who require adaptions where they do not make a full recovery from COVID-19.

The money will be used to support POA members who are health care workers who work within secure settings in the UK in both the private and public sector. This will include a range of staff, nurses, health care assistants, administrative staff, cleaners, catering and security.

The only criteria is that they must be a POA member to make an application. I recognise that the majority of POA members working in the health care setting will be from the secure hospitals, therefore, applications should be made through the Secure Hospital branches of the POA.


POA Branch Chair - Lorraine Lewis
POA Office DL: 0151 471 2247
Mobile: 07717 225054

POA Branch Chair – Trevor Chaplin-Smith
Telephone No. 01344 773111
POA Office DL: 01344 754347

POA Branch Chair – Karen Henry
Telephone No. 01777 248321 Ext: 7538
POA Office DL: 01777 247538

POA Branch Chair – Laura McCafferty
Telephone No. 01555 840293
Union Offices: Ext 2086 or Ext 2091

Where an individual is a POA member and a health care worker but not attached to a Secure Hospital branch, please contact Helen Whitaker at North Regional Office by email

Please note that this ringfenced money is not linked to the POA Welfare Fund where any member is eligible, if they are paying into that fund, to make an application. This is an exceptional and additional circumstance for our health care membership.

Please continue to support each other and do not hesitate to utilise the support the POA can afford you during these troubling times.

Yours sincerely

General Secretary

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.