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The POA for a number of years in partnership with the Fire Fighters Charity and funded by the POA Welfare fund have successfully sent many POA members to the rehabilitation centres in order to assist members offering physical and psychological health and wellbeing sessions.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the centres had to close its doors and cease operating during the pandemic and I have had recent discussions about a roadmap to re-launch the rehabilitation services for POA members. These are early discussions with a view to have a blended approach, offering physical and psychological health and wellbeing sessions, provided on-line and residential. This will all be subject to current restrictions being lifted in due course.
RE-LAUNCH DATE: THURSDAY 1ST JULY 2021
We hope to reach agreement to open the 3 rehabilitation centres for POA members with applications being accepted going forward from this date.
So far discussions that have taken place include the following “blended” services that will be provided for POA members.
The blended approach offers an opportunity for a far greater bespoke service and POA members can be assured that from the initial assessment and onto the programme, the rehabilitation centres skilled therapists will work with our members and help them in their recovery. The last twelve months has given both parties and opportunity to develop services, particularly with an on-line provision.
THE NEXT STEPS:
Over the next few weeks, I will continue negotiating the new agreement which ultimately will be placed before the Welfare Committee and National Executive Committee for endorsement, but I am encouraged with progress which will ultimately benefit POA members. I will continue to update you as further details develop with a new improved rehabilitation process for POA members.
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.