Saturday, 18 March 2017

Latest From Napo 140

Here we have highlights from the latest blog post by the Napo General Secretary:-

E3 Phase 2 now out for consultation

Many of the difficulties we encountered during Phase 1 of the so called efficiency, effectiveness and excellence programme (E3), were usually down to the usual three M’s. In no particular order these comprised: misinformation, mistrust and mismanagement.

It’s no easy task to manage an NPS Division but there is nothing like making hard for yourselves and your managers when the requirements around consultation are translated into something entirely different as in gung-ho attempts to get them implemented.

I have already had to take up an issue with senior NOMS management about proposed changes to sex offender programmes being packaged as immutable fact on the basis that they have been ‘agreed nationally with the unions’ and so ‘we should get on with it’.

They have not been; and Napo is now starting to gather information that we will feed back into our series of discussions about this phase of E3. Meanwhile a welcome reminder is due to be issued to Divisional Directors that the new proposals should not be implemented until the outcome of national consultation is clear.

This phase of E3 covers the areas of Mappa, VISOR, sex offender interventions, administration, complaints management, and Job role harmonisation.

Input from branches to K Lomas and I Lawrence will be very welcome.

AP issues

It’s hardly a surprise that the model rotas for Approved Premises under E3 were not going to be a ‘one size fits all’ job. That’s the problem with operational models that don’t have sufficient flexibility to deal with all of the issues that can crop up amongst such a diverse workforce.

Napo has tried hard to establish some common sense into the situation which has been further complicated by the crass political decision to outsource part of the Double Waking Night Cover operation.

The work we put in to the E3 implementation agreement (which also included a no redundancy agreement in the NPS) meant that that each Approved Premises should work towards agreement on rotas by consultation between management and trade unions.

This is made clear in the helpful letter from Deputy Director Jude Gray in response to this and a host of other issues including the terms of pay protection.

One letter doesn’t solve all of the issues that will come up but at least we can all start from the same place in discussions at whatever level they are being held.

As the Branch Briefing that we mailed out yesterday says, further issues that arise should be raised with your Link National Officer in the first instance.

N09/2017 E3 Approved Premises

N09/2017 Appendix

NEC to meet next week

We will be taking our pay claim which is based on the 5 key pay principles which we launched last year, to next week’s meeting of Napo’s National Executive Committee.

As usual there will be a packed agenda. This will reflect the huge amount of work that we are trying to deal with from the centre on behalf of our members across 24 employers, which itself is indicative of the workload volumes that you are all having to face.

The creation of a new HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to replace NOMS may be a major turning point for probation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - one that places rehabilitation at the heart of the justice sector. Supported by the imminent outcomes (as we have been led to believe) of the Probation System Review next month, this presents an opportunity to repair part of the damage inflicted on staff, clients and the public following the failure of Grayling’s so called TR revolution.

The pace of the prison and probation reforms means that positive pay reform must happen quickly. It also requires that a new pay system is closely aligned to the development of a professional framework that recognises, protects and promotes the professional status and standing of our members who are trying to protect the public by managing complex situations and clients with inadequate resources and unacceptable rates of pay.

More news will follow on pay once the NEC have considered the draft claim for submission.


  1. I am told Monday evening there will be a documentary about the SFO in Dorset CRC , working links. One to watch!

    1. Working links again

  2. So what are the chances of a pay reform? Something needs to change, my friends who (with no disrespect) don't have to put up with no where near the pressure I do as a Probation Officer have now overtaken me on the pay front. Apparently, sorting staff rosta's, serving customers and ensuring boxes are folded away for recycling attract a bigger wage then managing dangerous and violent offenders in the community as well as sex offenders. Like I said, no disrespect intended but something needs to change.

  3. "The creation of a new HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to replace NOMS may be a major turning point for probation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - one that places rehabilitation at the heart of the justice sector."

    No wonder there haven't been any comments. Its like reading a Trumptweet.

    "GREAT meetings so far; Some more very good meetings happening soon, NOMS will pay for the wall, E3 is FAKE NEWS. The Probation System Review is looking VRRY Good for us, Very Good."

  4. You nps schites need to start buying from the CRC otherwise the CRC will go bust and we won't have a job.

    1. CRC's need to go bust, they have already crashed, their services are not worth buying. Don't worry about your job we could all be one service again. Not may qualified PO's out there.

  5. We have been told for months about the pay reform. We were told that it had to be implemented by April, or the 'window would be lost'. So what happened? Nothing by the looks of it. I'll believe it when it happens. No doubt at the cost of 3 days annual leave.

    They took 3 days leave from us with the pay increase previously, then never paid it!

    From the treatment we have had from them over the past 3 years, I don't hold out much hope.

    1. "It'll be a GREAT payrise, very very good. All is going very smoothly here at Whitewash House despite the FAKE NEWS. You will get really good pay once NOMS stop delaying things. NOMS are very bad dudes."