First off, an email from the IT helpdesk offering some words of comfort to all those that lost work last week:-
A timeout setting inadvertently introduced during the last OASys technical upgrade occasionally produced a 'session superseded' message, and in some instances this resulted in work being lost. This timeout was experienced when a user had not saved or opened a fresh screen in the last hour. HP have now extended this timeout period and we are told the issue has been resolved. The only time this message should appear is if a user logs into OASys with an OASys session already open (for example checking OASys in an interview room with a current session open in the office). Whilst there is confidence the issue has been resolved, if users still feel they are experiencing the superseded behaviour inappropriately, please escalate it via normal channels so that further investigations can be undertaken. As with any IT system, can we reiterate the importance of saving work on a regular basis in case of technical failure.Meanwhile there's a cunning plan to increase the membership of the Probation Institute announced by Durham Tees Valley CRC:-
The recent technical release also introduced unexpected performance issues. This has already been improved with patch releases but performance levels remain below those previously experienced. This issue is being pursued relentlessly. A new release is currently under test which indicates improved performance; this should be deployed in the next fortnight. However we are also fast tracking the adoption of modern browsers to improve performance beyond previous levels. Four Establishments commence a pilot this week with a view to rapid adoption across the prison estate. A small successful pilot running in a large Nottingham office is being extended this week whilst we monitor any impacts or resource requirements on the Probation network. If this proves positive we will also be rapidly ramping this up across the Probation estate.
Thank you for your patience whilst we resolve these issues; we will keep you aware of progress.
We all like a freebie! So now that I have your attention...........
DTV CRC Leadership Team have agreed to support the initial membership fees for any CRC member of staff who wishes to become a 'founding' member of the Probation Institute.
Membership is open to all staff, irrespective of role. So this includes you!!
We are currently liaising with the Probation Institute on how best to process applications and further details on how to apply for 'free', will be circulated shortly.
The Probation Institute is an independent professional body for probation workers. The institute is being developed by a partnership of the Probation Chiefs Association (PCA), the Probation Association (PA), Napo and UNISON. To find out more about the Institute and sneak-a-peek at the Membership Application Form, log onto their website at:
Hi AllA reminder there's not much time left for those AGM motions:-
Further to my email below, the Probation Institute have now confirmed payment details for those of you who wish to apply for free membership (funded by DTV CRC).
To apply for membership, you will be required to complete the on-line application form which can be accessed via the Probation Institute's website at www.probation-institute.org (NB: this form does not display properly on our net-worked computers and therefore you may find it easier to complete at home)
To avoid being charged for membership, you will need to enter a discount code which is unique to DTV CRC during the 'Membership Checkout' process.
To obtain your discount code, please reply to this email which will take you to the 'DTV Training' in-box. We will then send you a discount code and verify with the Probation Institute that you are an employee of DTV CRC.
Free membership is only available until the 31st October 2014. Funding is for the initial 12 month membership period. Individuals will be responsible for any renewal fees thereafter.
Please contact me if you have any queries
To: Branch Chairs, Vice Chairs, Secretaries and Convenors Family Court SEC National Committee Chairs
Motions for Annual General Meeting 2014
Notice in writing of any motions from a National Committee, Branch, the PSO Forum or two individual full or professional associate members of Napo must be received by the General Secretary at head office by 12 noon on THURSDAY 14th August. Please note that constitutional amendments may be submitted only by the NEC this year. Motions should be sent to Napo head office on the attached form for motions BR 74/2014. Please give your motion a short descriptive title and complete the details for members to be contacted regarding any queries that arise.
Forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 020 7095 0963 putting ‘Motion for AGM 2014’ as the subject of the email/fax.
While receipt of motions will be acknowledged, we would remind those submitting motions for AGM of their responsibility to ensure that these have been received at head office by the given deadline.
IAN LAWRENCE General SecretaryFinally, readers might recall that a couple of weeks ago we did a special blog post 'Manchester in Meltdown' followed by another on the situation there. I brought both of these posts to the attention of the Manchester Evening News, possibly along with other people, and I'm pleased to say that, keen as mustard, they're finally on to the case. Is there anyone from that neck of the woods that would care to get in touch with me, anonymously or otherwise, so that the MEN can be encouraged to take an interest? Or is everything ok up there now lol?