Regime information for Buckley Hall Prison


Contract provided by Manchester College, open all year round apart from bank holidays. An extensive Vocational Training programme is offered including Kitchen & Bathroom fitting, Industrial Cleaning, Groundwork, Painting & Decorating, and Site Carpentry. 290 part time places are on offer along with a number of full time courses, including ICT (up to Level 3), Art (to A-Level standard), ESOL and Skills for Life. A course in Business Ventures is also on offer and prisoners completing this course also produce the quarterly prison magazine. An NVQ in Catering is also available. In addition, learners undertaking Higher Learning can use the facilities in the Flexi Learning class.


Provide a realistic working environment incorporating a range of employment and training in modern fully equipped workshops. Workshops currently available include Contract Services and assembling and packaging a range of products for local companies.
There are also two internal contracts - manufacturing aluminium windows and packing beverage packs. It is possible to complete an NVQ in Performing Manufacturing Operations in all of the above workshops.

All workshops have the facilities to provide, supplement and support the individuals learning needs. Full time and part time working is available. Wages are £15 full time & £7.50 part time providing that the prisoner attends every session and fully engages in the workplace.


Healthcare services are commissioned from NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. There is a Prison Health Development Plan, which sets out the strategic direction for the development and delivery of a “healthy prison” including health promotion and prevention initiatives.


A diverse chaplaincy team with one full time Chaplain and part-time Roman Catholic, Anglican, Buddhist, Free Church, and Muslim Chaplains. Visiting ministers of other faiths/denominations as required. Courses include Alpha, Freedom, The Lantern Project, Story Book Dads, Living with Loss. One to one counselling by qualified staff, and Faith Specific teaching and groups as required.


The Probation Team comprises of 1 Senior Probation Officer (SPO), 2 main grade Probation Officers (PO) and 1 Probation Service Officer (PSO). All POs are based in the OMU Unit. The PSO is based on A-Wing. They contribute to the life of the prison through Offender Supervisor work, Induction, Housing Advice Co-ordination, HDC assessments, Parole reports, Public Protection case work, ACCT reviews, OASYS work and in the development of resettlement initiatives.

The SPO is the Head of Offender Management and Public Protection. The OMU team comprises of Prison Officers and Probation Officers, and they carry out Offender Supervisor work with High Risk, PPO, Lifer and IPP prisoners, and also OASYS based sentence planning for all other prisoners serving over 12 months. The Probation team supports and develops links with Community Offender Management Units and other voluntary sector networks to support the prison's Reducing Re offending Strategy.

Gymnasium & Sports

One Senior Officer and four officers supported by small games staff. Gymnasium, fitness suite, multi-gym, badminton, short tennis, circuit training, volleyball and remedial classes. Fitness suites are also located on each residential unit. Current courses include: BWLA, CSLA (level two), Focus Gym Instructor (level one & two), YMCA (level one), First Aid at Work, Heartstart, Manual Handling, NVQ Sport and Recreation.


Catering services are contracted out to ESS Support Services. Meals are served from unit serveries. A pre-select menu system is in operation, which is inclusive of suitable choices for cultural and other dietary requirements. Advice from a dietician is accessible on issues surrounding healthy eating options. The prison has won a Healthy Eating award from Rochdale MBC.

Drug Strategy

Buckley Hall operates a pro-active Drug Strategy team which meets monthly to promote the strategy and weekly to promote supply reduction.

The Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS) was introduced into the establishment in April 2009 and provides 60 offenders with a range of treatments.
Offenders who are engaged in IDTS reside on A Wing and receive clinical and/or psychosocial support from the Substance Misuse Team and the Carat Team, interventions include:

  • Symptomatic relief
  • Detoxification
  • Substitute maintenance
  • One to One sessions
  • Group-work : Peer led support surrounding relapse prevention , Overdose and Motivation and commitment
  • Through-care: Prison and Community rehabilitation centres, Therapeutic centres and contact with external agencies

Substance Misuse Team

The SMT consists of 2 Substance Misuse Specialist Nurses who are supported by a specialist General Practitioner and the generic Healthcare staff.

Carat Team

The Carat team consists of 1 full-time team leader and 2 full time drugs workers from Lifeline,1 full-time Drug worker {Prison Officer} and a full time Administration officer.

Offenders with a drug misuse issue are identified through referral from various sources including Carat induction, self-referral, personal officers, healthcare, mandatory drug testing and voluntary drug testing. Establishments will send IDTS assessed Offenders with treatment files already open.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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