The POA as part of its modernisation process after the Cuffe report was accepted by conference has acted to improve all aspects of our communication with our membership. Previous Circulars have identified that we have improved our POA Website and the feedback we have had from Branch Officials and POA members has been positive with the new look website and indeed access to joining online. We have listened and we have acted and the next step to improve communications is progressing at pace. 

This NEC have recognised that at times we have relied on POA circulars as the traditional way to communicate with members, however we have realised that the changing shape of communications and our membership demographic means that circulars do not always reach their intended audience and this is why we will have a blended approach.

I am delighted with the improvements to the POA website, and the effort made since the new web site went live to improve digital communications with our members.

Today we are launching a POA YouTube channel, the purpose of this channel is to put in place all media communications in one central place.

As well as updates on key issues from myself and the National Chairman the POA will be releasing a series of podcasts that dig deeper into the issues that we face, we also hope that the podcasts will include episodes that are of interest to our members but also to the wider public. If any branch member has a specific request or idea on a topical issue for a podcast, please let me know and we will consider that topic and the best way of introducing that particular podcast by emailing

I would encourage all members to visit the new POA YouTube channel 

Please subscribe to the channel to receive notifications of media releases and to allow us to have restrictions removed by YouTube as our subscribers grow.


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.