The POA represents 1300 healthcare workers who work in secure settings and are employed by a range of employers: NHS, prison or private companies/charities. Those staff employed by the NHS received a on average a 3% increase in England in Wales and 4% in Scotland. The NHS lead Trade Unions for those on Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions in England are having a virtual planning event to talk about working together to see if agreement can be arrived to put a single pay offer in which unfortunately did not occur in the last round of pay talks. It was to be in sunny Eastbourne but due to Covid this has not been possible because of rising levels of infection.

Following indicative balloting in individual NHS health care establishments there is a need to be able to identify all health workers particularly those that work in prisons, NHS and private establishments and prisons in order to be prepared to ballot for industrial action. The POA would like you to check your membership details and make sure that your current employer and your current address is correct and that we have your personal e-mail address and mobile number. Additionally, those who are working in prisons but are employed by the NHS or who are working in an NHS Trust which is not a Special Hospital can you contact us at the e-mail address below, so we can include you in any consultation about 2022-23 pay negotiations, giving us your e-mail address and a mobile number. If you work in the private or charitable healthcare sector it would also be helpful for you to identify yourself and again a personal e-mail address or mobile number would be of help. Please contact or 0208-884-5688. 

Finally, the POA received money to support those with Covid-19 who are healthcare workers, and this includes those who work in prisons, the private sector or for charities. If you want more information about this, please could you e-mail  


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.