Prison Inspectorate report

Latest Prison Inspectorate report 25/2/2016

Main recommendations
0 of 4 implemented
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  • An effective, whole prison strategy to reduce violence and its contributory causes should be put in place, based on consultation with staff and prisoners and an analysis of the causes of high levels of violence (S47)
  • The quality of assessment, planning and monitoring for prisoners subject to ACCT procedures should be improved and include effective care planning and better attendance at review meetings (S48)
  • The prison should provide a full purposeful working day for all the men held, attendance and punctuality should be good and a work ethic promoted (S49)
  • The backlog of offender assessment system (OASys) and home detention curfew assessments should be tackled and all relevant prisoners should be seen promptly by their offender supervisor to be assessed, have relevant targets set and risks addressed. Contact should be regular and meaningful (S50)
2 of 7 implemented
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  • All requested intelligence-led searches should be completed (1.46)
  • There should be enough staff supervising to provide a safe environment during mass movement of prisoners (1.47)
  • The IEP scheme should be equitably applied to ensure full compliance with the regime (1.52)
  • Oversight and recording arrangements for use of force should be robust enough to provide reassurance that it is used proportionately and only as a last resort (1.61)
  • The transfer out policy should be evaluated and poor behaviour by prisoners should be managed without routinely resorting to transfers out (1.68)
  • Substance misuse services should be sufficient to meet demand (1.75)
  • All prisoners prescribed methadone should be consistently located on the drug treatment unit (1.76)
4 of 20 implemented
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  • Recent management action to address a range of prisoners frustrations by improving cellular accommodation, cleanliness and the applications process should be sustained and developed (2.10)
  • The cell call system should be routinely monitored by a senior manager and explanations provided for delays (2.11)
  • Strategic management of equality needed to be strengthened by more consistent attendance by relevant functional areas at equality action team meetings, a needs analysis of the population and regular monitoring of outcomes for prisoners (2.25)
  • Legal services should be provided and resources to assist prisoners with their legal problems should be kept up to date (2.34)
  • Support for all the protected groups should be adequate to understand their concerns and, where possible, meet their specific needs (2.34)
  • Out-of-hours provision should be sufficient to meet the needs and health challenges presented by prisoners (2.61)
  • Waiting times for smoking cessation services should be equivalent to those in the community (2.62)
  • Local responses to prisoners healthcare questions and concerns should be quality assured to ensure they address the issues raised before being sealed and securely sent back to the prison (2.62)
  • Local audit of record keeping should be used to support clinical supervision arrangements for all professional groups (2.64)
  • Waiting times should be published and waiting times for physiotherapy services should be equivalent to those found in the community (2.69)
  • Men who require routine re-prescriptions should be periodically seen and reviewed by the GP (2.70)
  • Failure to attend rates should be monitored for all clinics, the reasons for non-attendance explored, and the results published (2.71)
  • The drugs and therapeutics committee should ensure that all the appropriate policies, including the in-possession policy, are in place, in date and adhered to (2.78)
  • Full records of administration of medicines should be made, including a record of all refusals of medication or failure to attend, to enable follow up. Medicines should be administered at the clinically appropriate time (2.80)
  • Prescribing data on potentially tradable medicines and prisoners on in possession medicines should be routinely reviewed to inform practice and prisoners should be able to store their medicines securely (2.81)
  • The drugs and therapeutics committee should introduce a policy for recording and reviewing near misses (2.82)
  • Controlled drugs should only be removed from the controlled drugs cupboard when they are going to be administered. Over the counter medicines should not be stored in the controlled drugs cupboard (2.84)
  • Robust stock reconciliation procedures should be introduced (2.85)
  • Prisoners should be assessed promptly following receipt of referral (2.92)
  • Prisoners should be able to place a shop order on the day after they arrive to minimise bullying (2.104)
Purposeful activity
1 of 10 implemented
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  • Quality systems should be systematically and consistently applied to ensure improvements to the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and to provide feedback to learners on their work, particularly in English and mathematics (3.16)
  • More vocational training courses and a level 2 plumbing course should be provided (3.22)
  • The ordering and delivery of essential materials for production workshops should be expedited in a timely way (3.23)
  • English and mathematics teachers should plan adequately for individual learning and should monitor and record learning to provide clear information about learners progression. They should ensure that good quality lesson resources are used and provide detailed feedback to help learners to improve (3.32)
  • Tutors knowledge of equality and diversity issues should be developed to improve their confidence in challenging stereotypical views and to provide more frequent assessment of progress in all workshops (3.33)
  • Teachers and instructors should focus on developing and accrediting prisoners employability skills and should recognise and record the valuable personal and social skills that are developed (3.38)
  • The progress and achievements of English and mathematic learners should be improved so that they are at least good (3.41)
  • The use of the library by different groups should be monitored and the number of library closures for operational reasons should be reduced (3.48)
  • The number of gym closures for operational reasons should be reduced and better use should be made of the outside sports field (3.57
  • Repairs to equipment should be carried out in a timely fashion (3.58)
Resettlement and release planning
2 of 11 implemented
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  • OASys data should be used to inform the needs analysis (4.9)
  • All offender supervisors should receive feedback on the quality of their work and appropriate support to improve the quality of risk assessment, contingency and pre-release planning (4.22)
  • Confirmation of MAPPA management levels should be sought 6 months before release (4.25)
  • Minutes of IRMT meetings should fully record responses to agreed actions (4.26)
  • The CRC team should be fully staffed, including 'meet at the gate' volunteers, and all prisoners and staff should understand their role (4.37)
  • The National Careers Service should develop suitable arrangements to track prisoners education, work or training outcomes systematically following their release (4.43)
  • Methods of identifying prisoners during visits should be respectful and proportionate to the risks presented (4.53)
  • All officers supervising the visits room should be aware of prisoners subject to child contact restrictions (4.54)
  • A family support worker should be employed to help prisoners maintain contact with their family and support those subject to child protection procedures (4.55)
  • The need to address violence in relationships should be assessed and a programme provided if necessary (4.62)
  • The extent of historic abuse among the population should be identified and specific services introduced to meet need (4.64)
Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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