BBC Radio 4's current affairs documentary series 'File on 4' is making a 40-minute programme to be broadcast on the 15th March about mental illness in prisons and the problems transferring prisoners to hospitals in the community. 

They are trying to establish the extent of mental illness in prison, how many prisoners need hospitalisation, levels of training and your personal experiences as a POA member.

They have asked for your participation via a survey which will take a few minutes as there are only five questions, the first four questions are for members who work in prisons and one question for our members who work in the high secure psychiatric hospitals/secure psychiatric units in the community. 

The data collected is anonymous and they will only use the results to inform BBC coverage of this issue. No names or information about individual survey participants will be published without their explicit consent.

Please find the link below.
We would ask all POA members to complete the survey by 2nd March 2022.

Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of our members.

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.