Regime information for Exeter Prison

The regime of the prison involves prisoners attending work, education, gym and offender behaviour courses Monday - Friday morning from 08:45 - 11:45 and Monday - Thursday afternoon from 13:45 - 17:00. Exercise takes place each morning prior to work and education. The Library is opened mornings and afternoons. Satellite libraries are available on the Vulnerable Prisoners Unit and in the Healthcare Centre. Association takes place on a rotation basis, during afternoons and evenings.

Accommodation and facilities

HMP Exeter has four residential units. A Wing houses employed and unemployed workers with access to daytime association, B Wing is a vulnerable prisoners unit, C Wing is the first night and detox wing and D Wing houses enhanced prisoners in a self -contained unit with its own workshop and education area. Prisoners have the opportunity to attend work, gym, education, offending behaviour courses and chapel. The prison is well recognised for its drug intervention programmes to help prisoners address their offending behaviour. The prison works in partnership with other outside voluntary agencies to support prisoners while in custody and when they are released.

All wings with the exception of D have internal sanitation. D Wing operates a courtesy locking system during the night to ensure uninterrupted access to toilet facilities. All prisoners have access to showers and every cell has in-cell electricity.

HMP Exeter operates a personal officer scheme, Insider scheme, and violence reduction and safer custody programme.

Drugs strategy

HMP Exeter works pro-actively to prevent and deter the supply of illegal drugs into the establishment, as well as working with offering support to those for whom drug use may be an issue.
MDT and the use of target searching and drug dogs are in place to reduce supply.

We work closely with our partners from EDP Drug and Alcohol Services to support individuals for whom drug use is problematic. This includes Detox and Integrated Drug Treatment Services (IDTS) for those coming into custody, as well as group and one to one support from fully trained case managers.
HMP Exeter has been smoke-free since April 2016, and a range of support services are in place to help those coming into custody to stop smoking.

Offender management

The Offender Management Unit is staffed by Prison and Probation Service staff. OMU will complete a Basic Screening Custody Assessment on all new prisoners to identify the priority pathway needs for each individual. This assessment is then actioned by our Resettlement partner Catch 22. All prisoners are allocated an Offender Supervisor who, where appropriate, liaises with NPS and CRC in the community and conducts relevant case reviews. For those out-of-scope for an Offender Manager, liaison is with internal and community stakeholders. Offender supervisors have in-put on the Employment Board for all prisoners. The OMU includes the Custody Management Unit responsible for allocation of prisoners to other prisons, and the Public Protection Unit which manages Public Protection Offenders (PPO) and Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) prisoners

Resettlement

HMP Exeter is committed to developing useful links with the local community, and offender management processes in order to reduce reoffending and to protect the public.

Resettlement work is carried out in partnership with our contracted provider, Catch-22, and is focused on addressing individual need within resettlement pathways. Individuals are all seen upon arrival and work starts in the build up to release. This includes one to one support as well as the chance to engage in the Making A Change (MAC) programme.

A sizeable education department offers the opportunity to work towards new skills, or improve existing ones, for all abilities.

A number of links to community providers are on hand to help prepare individuals for life after prison, with support for employment, housing and money management.

Learning, skills and employment


Learning, Skills and Employment provision at HMP Exeter is delivered in two main teaching areas of the prison, plus various other vocational areas. The provision is available to all prisoners in custody.

The design of the curriculum offer for prisoner at Exeter is informed by regular needs assessment and analysis feedback and covers pre-entry level through to Level 2. The education provision is delivered by teaching staff from Weston College and practitioner instructors from other partner organisations. Careers Information and action plans are provided by the National Careers Service, who are also involved in employer engagement within the prison setting.

Accredited courses include:

  • English (entry level 3 to level 2)
  • Maths (entry level 3 to level 2)
  • ICT level 1 
  • Personal and social skills
  • Art
  • Understanding business
  • Behaviour management
  • Employability
  • Horticulture
  • Painting and decorating
  • Peer mentoring
  • NVQ in food preparation and cooking; performing manufacturing operations; customer service; warehousing
  • Gym instructor level 2

Peripatetic outreach teaching takes place around the prison for those unable to attend the main sessions. All prisoners undertake initial assessment prior to attendance to determine their individual needs and learning levels. The results of this influence the courses followed in conjunction with the requirements of the Custody Plan. There is further intervention within the learning journey, triggered by referral from other departments, regime staff or the prisoners themselves. Learner progression is strategically managed within the cluster prisons for those transferred out from Exeter. Employability is strategically managed for those released into our CPA area, aligned to current labour market information, vacancies and employment opportunities.

Industrial Contract Centre

Industrial work is available for all prisoners following completion of induction.

Work is split across four areas, and Industrial Contracts and a Textiles workshop for main prisoners, an Industrial Contracts workshop for the VPU and an award winning fly-tying workshop.
Wages range from £9 to £11.50 per week, with an opportunity for higher paid supervisory roles, and production bonuses.

Work includes a number of local and national contracts offering a variety of light assembly and packing tasks. More specialist work is available and includes textile preparation / sewing and preparation of fly-ties that are supplied to the angling industry.

Gymnasium and sports

There is a fully equipped Fitness Suite containing CV equipment resistance machines and free weights. The Sports hall facilitates badminton, volleyball and circuit training sessions. The outside sport facility is used for football, basketball and fitness sessions.  The PE programme is run 7 days a week with four evening sessions and is supervised by PE Officers. There is equality of access for all prisoners for the PE sessions, with dedicated sessions for those attending work and education.

Accreditation is available for CYQ qualifications which include level 1 exercise and fitness knowledge, level 2 gym instructor and level 3 personal trainer. Specific sessions for SMS, remedials and over 50’s are provided.
There are good community links, with work undertaken with local colleges and family visit activities.

Healthcare

Healthcare at HMP Exeter is provided by Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust (DHC) .The healthcare service is commissioned by NHS England.

This Commissioned services provides a multidisciplinary team including an onsite GP, Registered RGN’s and Healthcare Assistants to provide Primary Care Services including Chronic Disease Clinics, Vaccinations, Health Screenings and Smoking Cessation. There are In–Reach visiting clinicians including a Podiatrist, Physiotherapist, Dentist, Hepatology Optician, Ultrasound scan and Sexual Health.
Mental Health Services include RMN’s, Support Workers, Psychiatrist and Psychology teams and form part of the integrated healthcare team.

Substance misuse service is a Partner of Dorset Healthcare which includes a team of support workers, recovery workers and recovery nurses and form part of the integrated healthcare team

The Healthcare team work alongside the Prison Governors and Officers, Social Workers, Domiciliary Care and Occupational Therapist to provide a multi- disciplinary approached to the healthcare outcomes to the prisoners located on the Social Care Wing.

The healthcare team has well established links with local acute hospitals to facilitate any secondary care that may be needed.

Race and diversity

HMP Exeter actively works on our Positive Duty to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination, promote good relations and equality of opportunity between people of different racial groups. The National Policies PSO 2800, 2855 & 8010 are promoted, so that staff and prisoners have an awareness of expected behaviour so as not to discriminate, disadvantage or offend other prisoners, staff or visitors to the establishment. Race Equality is taken seriously by the Governing Governor, SMT and prison. Diversity and Race Equality are standing agenda items at all Senior Management meetings. The Social Inclusion Unit (SIU) at HMP Exeter incorporates the duties of a Race Equality Officer [REO], Equal Opportunities Officer [EOO] and a Disability Liaison Officer [DLO]. The SIU manager is responsible for the investigation of all racial complaints. We aim to protect potential victims by dealing with all racial complaints in a confidential manner; agree a course of action based on the individuals' areas of concern and offer additional support and guidance to managers to protect the individual in their immediate surroundings. We also aim is to ensure that prisoners and staff with disabilities are able to participate equally in all aspects of prison life.   Staff and prisoners are encouraged to disclose their disability in a confidential manner and agree a course of action to support their needs with the Disability Liaison Officer.

Equalities

HMP Exeter actively works on our Positive Duty to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination, promote good relations and equality of opportunity between people of different racial groups. The National Policies PSO 2800, 2855 & 8010 – the Social Care Act are promoted, so that staff and prisoners have an awareness of expected behaviour so as not to discriminate, disadvantage or offend other prisoners, staff or visitors to the establishment. Equality is taken seriously by the Governing Governor, SMT and prison. Equalities are standing agenda items at all Senior Management meetings and monitoring data of all protective factors are analyzed quarterly.

The Equalities Manger at Custodial Manger Level is responsible for the investigation of all racial complaints. We aim to protect potential victims by dealing with all racial complaints in a confidential manner; agree a course of action based on the individuals' areas of concern and offer additional support and guidance to managers to protect the individual in their immediate surroundings. We also aim is to ensure that prisoners and staff with disabilities are able to participate equally in all aspects of prison life.   Staff and prisoners are encouraged to disclose their disability in a confidential manner and agree a course of action to support their needs with the Equalities Manager.

Prison canteen

We issue each prisoner with an order form stating his spending allowance which will provide prisoners an opportunity to spend once a week his IEP spending allowance. The stock consists of some 250 items and includes a range of ethnic and religious products. The canteen operates on a mail order basis which is then issued to Wing staff each Friday morning for delivery to prisoners.

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