As you are aware this research project has been running for a while now and the researchers have asked me to inform you it will end on the 3rd December 2021.

The University are conducting online research as detailed below:

The role of different attitudes and values on help-seeking and perceptions of wellbeing support services in POA members.

The project aims to increase our understanding of the pressures prison officers face day to day, and the impact this may have on their emotional wellbeing. In doing so, the project will explore some of the barriers that may exist to accessing appropriate support, including different attitudes and values. In turn, we hope to highlight ways in which support services can be more widely promoted, putting forward recommendations for how to confront the stigma attached to accessing professional support.

Participants will be UK prison officers (male and female, including Band 2, 3, 4 and CMs) who will be asked to complete a selection of questionnaires through Qualtrics survey software. Measures include:

  • Social climate (EssenCES)
  • Hypermasculinity (Hypermasculinity Inventory)
  • Levels of anxiety and depression (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale)
  • Questionnaire exploring help-seeking intentions and behaviors

The survey shouldn't take more than about 20 mins to complete in total.

Colleagues, please find the link below to access the survey and we would ask all POA members to take part.  At present 370 of our members have taken part in this vital research and we would like to get that above 500.


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.