Saturday 13 February 2021

Single Source of Truth

I have a feeling there's some mileage in taking a very close look at the latest Target Operating Model and have a long think about where the civil service culture is taking us:-  

"Our internal system (EQuiP) will be updated to hold the single source of truth for all national operational and organisational processes, so that staff are clear about what is expected of them."
Wales CORRE Hub 

The Centralised Operational, Resettlement, Referral and Evaluation (CORRE) Hub is a key element of the Wales unified model and provides an interface between Probation Practitioners and the complex interventions landscape. The CORRE Hub will assist Probation Practitioners through identifying suitable interventions, completing referrals, monitoring service user progress and keeping the sentence on track. Taking these time-consuming functions away from Probation Practitioners will allow them to better focus on their supervisory responsibilities and delivering change work to support the provision of interventions, leading to better outcomes. We are testing the effectiveness of this hub approach in Wales to inform whether it might be a useful model to adopt in other regions. 

The primary functions of the Probation Practitioner will not be impacted by the work of the CORRE Hub. Probation Practitioners will still have overall responsibility for the key Sentence Management activities with the CORRE Hub assisting in the identification of providers, sequencing of interventions and ensuring that services are brokered on time. 

The CORRE Hub model in Wales broadly covers two layers: operational and strategic. The operational layer encompasses the interface between the Probation Practitioner and the CORRE Hub, including the process of referrals and scheduling that will occur once a court disposal has been made or in the planning phase for a release from custody. The strategic function refers to the role that the CORRE Hub will play in supporting intervention providers with demand management and assisting HMPPS Wales with its regional approach to commissioning services. 

The CORRE Hub will interface with a much broader set of interventions/provision than those covered by probation services and the Dynamic Framework, but digital solutions developed to manage interventions will be incorporated within the CORRE Hub’s remit. The CORRE Hub will though mean a differing approach to interventions processes in Wales including those for Unpaid Work, Accredited Programmes, Structured Interventions, Commissioned Rehabilitative Services and wider commissioning activity.


In Wales, I guess elsewhere, there is to be a centralised team that writes the sentence plans. Staffed by PSOs. So OM will do the OASys at start of order/pre release but only up to the risk section. Then it gets handed over to a person at the centre who will “build” (FFS) the supervision plan. 

The number of initiatives and empires being built is insane. Lack of staff on the ground actually doing the work, and ballooning vanity/centralised/silo’d industry of projects and structures, none of which appear to mesh with each other. So the centralised sentence plan team,,, the CORRE (more fucking acronyms) will employ a senior manager, a middle manager, PSO’s admin etc etc.. 

It never ceases to amaze how many people who have never spent more than a handful of hours as a practitioner are allowed to spend months making-up this shit, getting paid eye-watering sums of public money...

Agree it's ridiculous people detached from the actual job get paid more with limited to no knowledge of the detail of the role to write practice and policy about it.

I think the words “Professional Judgement” trigger a cold sweat in our managers.

They just don't have any trust in us to do anything. I absolutely hate this organisation.

It's quite interesting and on first attempt, looks like a genuine attempt to rebuild a broken Probation Service, broken by TR. But from the wrong place, ie the Civil Service. I am thinking of a run through to delete jargon, managementese and MOJ bollocks, which might take the word count down by 20%.


  1. MTC Communications Team 11/02/2021:-

    Dear colleague

    It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the recent passing of two colleagues Richard Ogwang-Aguma and Steve Gaya.

    A thoughtful and kind man

    Richard passed away from COVID-19. He was a valued team member, working as a probation practitioner in Ealing since 2018. He leaves behind his wife and a son at university. Colleagues who had the pleasure of working with Richard describe him as a graceful, thoughtful and kind man, nothing seemed to faze him and was always incredibly calm. Richard was also known for his immaculate dress sense, his big heart and for his great smile. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and worked with him.

    Ready with a smile and a friendly word

    Steve passed away unexpectedly last week from non-COVID related matters. He was a probation practitioner in Merton and has worked with London CRC for a number of years, previously in the Bromley service centre and with community payback in support roles. Steve leaves behind his wife and two young children. Colleagues remember him as a much liked team member who was always ready and willing to help others, and was always ready with a smile and a friendly word. He will also be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    Offering our condolences

    Our thoughts are with all those that knew and worked with Richard and Steve. It is incredibly sad to hear about their passing, and I’m sure that you will join me in offering our condolences to their families and friends. Please look out for a tribute to them on our intranet homepage next week.

    It’s important that we all remain vigilant and look out for one another. Please continue to follow the current guidance around staying safe and protecting yourself. If you have any concerns, please do speak to your people manager.


    Ian Mulholland
    Managing Director

    1. Condolences to colleagues and family.

      Probation work and offices are far from COVID safe.

      London NPS has kept very quiet. This week the London NPS Director sent us an email with BS about vaccines and we’ll soon be back to full face to face working.

    2. Was it caught at work?

  2. Anyone else remember the "internal market" in the NHS under Thatcher. The burgeoning of higher managers with no clinical experience or philosophical grounding in the profession? The hideous complexity, the gobbledygook, the fervent mission to do "business" rather than serve?


  3. My apologies, I was typing while you were posting this tragic news, Jim. Feel free to delete, no disrespect intended. Anon 9.26

  4. Guardian 12/02/2021:-

    One in eight prisoners in England and Wales have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began, latest figures show, after a 70% surge in the number of cases recorded behind bars.

    At the end of January, 10,354 prisoners or children in custody had tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, an increase of 4,227 cases since December, according to monthly data from the Ministry of Justice.

    With a prison population in England and Wales of 78,000, this equates to roughly one in eight prisoners and compares with about one in 20 who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the wider community.

    Penal reform campaigners said the figures backed the case for vaccinations for prisoners to be provided “as quickly as possible”. It is understood vulnerable prisoners are expected to be vaccinated in line with the general vaccine rollout.

    Between March and January, 86 prisoners died having tested positive for Covid-19 or where it was confirmed postmortem, the figures show, up from 71 at the end of December.

    Separate figures show a tentative decline in the rate of new positive cases in the first week of February, with 771 positive cases in the week to 8 February compared with 1,197 in the previous week.

    Frances Crook, the chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “These figures should remind everyone that viruses can spread rapidly in confined settings such as prisons. They underline the need for vaccinations of staff and prisoners to be carried out as quickly as possible.”

    David Lammy, the shadow justice secretary, said: “The government’s complacency over the coronavirus pandemic in prisons is very concerning given the fact infections are far outpacing the general population.

    “More staff and inmates will die if the Ministry of Justice does not get control of the virus. Outbreaks in prisons can also overwhelm hospitals and infect the rest of the public. The government’s failure to control the pandemic in our prisons – and across the country – is putting the NHS at risk.”

    The MoJ has been testing all symptomatic prisoners since April and has piloted mass testing in about one-fifth of prisons.

  5. Benefits of Single Source Of Truth (SSOT)

    A robust data and business intelligence infrastructure that runs on an SSOT can:

    - Eliminate duplicate entries of data
    - Provide decision-makers with the right data at the right time
    - Substantially reduce the time spent on identifying which recorded data is correct
    - Iteratively improve the data intelligence capabilities of the company

    Really? Can't wait!!

    1. @18.58 and @19.47 - guess what? It's the year 2021 not 1981. Every self respecting organisation has policies and procedures that staff are expected to follow. Without that it would be chaos. So would you rather they were all held in a single place or 100 different places?

  6. "The Single Source of Truth".
    Creepy, really creepy. Orwellian, a horror film, or the title of an extreme cult. Take your pick.

    1. check out live coverage of closing by creepy michael van der veen, ambulance chaser of the parish of Phillydelphia representing trump the inciter in chief.

      Full of contempt for everything, vdv is clearly a good choice by trump; he is of trump; he pretends to be worthy; he plays the victim; he has no respect.

      sadly i expect trump to be acquitted by the partisan GOP.

      Part of me hopes that trump savages the GOP, destroys the GOP as the crowd chanted back in december 2020, as don jnr claimed onstage at the jan 6 rally: "This is not the GOP, its donald trump's republican party!"

      if that happens then usa will go up in flames before 2025.

    2. OJ Simpson murder trial all over again?

    3. mcconnell makes speech in which he accepts trump was responsible, blames trump, says trump remains accountable for what he did in office in a criminal court - but says he couldn't vote to convict on impeachment because of legal technicality, a technicality he also accepts is "intentionally ambiguous" & open to interpretation.

      cake & eat it?

    4. shit your pants time

      “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead, I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it,” Trump said.

    5. Acquitted trumps back yay.

  7. While the gop fuckwits look the other way, the uk fuckwit community continue to keep police busy:

    "A man has been arrested and 26 people reported for £800 fines after police broke up a party on a canal boat.

    Some 30 people were discovered on the vessel on the River Lea in east London at about 04:20 GMT.

    The Met said a 31-year-old held on suspicion of breaching Covid health protection regulations had previously been reported for a £10,000 fine over another boat party.

    The partygoers were dispersed and the boat has been seized.

    Ch Insp Pete Shaw said it was "incredibly disappointing that incidents of this nature continue"."

  8. uk govt dta shows that we have now officially passed the 4m mark for positive covid-19 tests.

    We are a handful of souls shy of 117,000 deaths (using the govt's 'within 28 days' criteria). On 29 jan the ONS reported that more than 121,000 souls had been lost to covid-19 (per mentioned on death certificate).

    And what do we hear from the uk govt again?

    The same old bollox that we heard last year just before it killed thousands in the uk - "its just a bit of flu" some said. No lockdown until it was too late because of the economy. And now?

    "The prime minister expressed his support for statements from the health secretary, Matt Hancock, that the virus could become a “manageable disease” like seasonal flu."

    "On Saturday morning, the Conservative MP, David Davis, said the UK would eventually have to approach coronavirus as it does seasonal flu. “We don’t think for a second of locking down the country over flu,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, adding “there will come a point where there is a death rate from Covid, but it is at normal level”."

    covid-19 is NOT seasonal flu.

    COVID-19: There have been approximately 2,393,707 deaths reported worldwide. In the U.S, 475,457 people have died of COVID-19 between January 2020 and February 13, 2021.

    Flu: The World Health Organization estimates that 290,000 to 650,000 people die of flu-related causes every year worldwide.

    No, COVID-19 Is Not the Flu
    There’s a refrain among some skeptics that “COVID-19 is just the flu,” which is not at all accurate.

    1. @07.14 that's not what they're saying, you have taken their words out of context.

      What they've said is a combination of vaccines and improved treatments will make COVID the equivalent of seasonal flu, ie with 7000-20000 deaths a year in the UK. It's the same as when Chris Witty said it'll never be eradicated but that we'll have to live with a death toll the same as flu. David Davis is right, in a bad flu year there are 150 deaths a day in the winter months and even in a good year it's 50 deaths a day. It's obviously tragic for those people and their families but Davis is right to say it has never led to locking down.

      What's the alternative to that? We can't live in permanent lockdown.

    2. It might not be what they meant to say but its important to hear how the words of hancock, johnson, davis etc WILL be taken out of context by anyone & everyone who wants the lockdowns to end now; they WILL be used in that way by anyone & everyone who has been compromising the lockdown arrangements; they will be seen as a green light, misconstrued as "covid is just like flu". It is NOT like flu.

      Coid-19 will not be eradicated and yes, we will have to find a way to live with it, but it is NOT like flu. That simply minimises the considerable risks and ignores the unknown directions in which the virus may develop. The speed & significance of variation has already been underestimated. There is evidence the Kent/UK variant is already re-organising itself into more resistant variant.

      The populist politicians should shut the fuck up with their idiotic pontification & keep the pressure on the vaccination programme. It is still way too early to make stupid predictions as to the progress of covid-19.

      I have the optimism & belief that it will be manageable but... while fuckwits continue to compromise the lockdown biosecurity, when the uk govt continues to screw up with delayed & half-arsed responses, and when overpaid idiots who are desperate for attention say stupid things, progress is inevitably hampered & slowed down.

    3. Fuckwittery Today -

      "Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has said she is "devastated" at breaking lockdown rules by travelling to see her parents in Cornwall.

      "Amanda is aware of the travel rules and is devastated she had to break them on this one occasion," her agent said. She is now back in London.

      She made the trip of more than 200 miles after receiving a "distressing" phone call from her father, her agent said in a statement.

      The presenter had been working on her Heart Radio show earlier on Friday, where she was presented with gifts to mark her 50th birthday, which is on Tuesday.

      Holden's parents have both been vaccinated and she is being tested weekly, so she felt she was not putting her parents at risk, the statement said."

  9. Good grief - what's this??? Is *reason* creeping in???

    * Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has rejected calls from Conservative MPs to put a date on when lockdown measures will be eased, saying the government will be "cautious and careful".

    1. Reason? Sadly , no chance of that:

      "Potential losses in UK trade with the EU because of Brexit will be more than made up by more opportunities in developing markets, Dominic Raab has claimed, saying people should take a “10-year view” of the current troubles faced by companies."