A subgroup has been set up from the NCRG with a view to looking back over the past year and more to establish what has been learned, and what opportunities that may offer up to change how we do some of what we have traditionally delivered, and what the future may start to look like as we go forward. This will include looking at the feedback from staff themselves, as referred to in our previous circular 19/21.

The SNC have reps involved in this work and will be playing a full part in the remit of the group. For us, the return to the pre-COVID attendance patterns staff work is central to all of these discussions and we have reiterated that point at the first meeting of the group which took place last week.

This will be a short life working group which will report their findings to the main NCRG. They in turn will review those findings and agree next steps, including what does and does not lie within the remit of the NCRG.

Given that the work of this group will be over a short timeframe the national representatives on the group will be updating the SNC on a regular basis who will feed into the process through them.

We will look to update the wider membership regularly too, as things progress.



On behalf of POA Scotland

Assistant 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.