HMPPS are introducing a new Digital Assessment Routing Tool (DART). DART is an Employee Support Service where staff can access the Occupational Health service privately if they suffer from one of the following conditions or, if they feel they may be beginning to experience signs or symptoms relating to the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Breathing issues (Asthma)
  • Heart issues

Optima Health professionals will then offer the individual an assessment meeting and then provide information, advice and guidance in a confidential setting to support colleagues with their condition. Staff may then be eligible to join a clinically supported metabolic health programme or receive a medical device / monitor to help them monitor and measure their conditions.

Members are encouraged to use this service should they feel the need.


Yours sincerely

Deputy 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.