Regime information for Whitemoor Prison

The regime at HMP Whitemoor includes vocational training courses in the construction industry which are, Painting and Decorating and Plastering.

Production workshops involve recycling work and a Laundry. Restorative Justice work involves desk top publishing and the refurbishment of computers in partnership with I.T. Schools Africa. Industrial cleaning and woodwork are also offered. Other work opportunities such as domestic work and Prison kitchen are also available.

There are also educational opportunities involving full-time, half-time and part-time education and peripatetic services. Courses include Foundation, GCSE, Level 3 Access to Higher Education, Open University, Skills for Life workshops and opportunities for Personal and Social Development.There is a strong focus on ICT aimed at development of Functional Skills to University Level.

Accredited and non-accredited courses are available including a Thinking Skills Programme, CALM (anger management) and Focus (drug and alcohol), Alpha Courses and a Restorative Justice Course with a focus upon victim awareness.

Whitemoor has excellent gymnasium facilities with programmes being staffed by a PE PO and a Senior Officer plus Eight PE Officers. The PE department offers a wide range of recreational activities and runs an accredited Gym Instructors' Course at Level 1, 2 and 3.

Gymnasium & Sports
The PE Department operates a seven day per week programme which includes four evening sessions. Prisoners are allowed to apply for two sessions within the working week Monday to Friday, one evening session per week and two sessions at the weekends.

The department includes a full size sports hall, a weight-training room with a section for fitness training and a purpose built classroom. An outside Astroturf area is available for football.

The PE programme also offers many opportunities to gain nationally accredited qualifications. These include Active Healthy Living (Active IQ Level1), Gym Instructor (Active IQ level2), Instructing Circuit Training (Active IQ Level2), Certificate in Personal Training (Active IQ Level 3), FA Treatment and Management of Injuries, NOCN Diet, and Nutrition and First Aid at Work.

Healthy Living is promoted by Whitemoor PE department with prison wings having their own fitness suites with wing instructors.

GP Referral classes and Remedial PE are also in place.


The Healthcare Centre includes a nine bed In-patients' facility. The Centre employs a full-time doctor and provides twenty-four hour nursing services. Out of hours medical cover is provided by an on-call service. Various outpatient clinics are run on a regular basis including dental, optical, diagnostic x-ray, podiatry, dietetics, and physiotherapy. Visiting specialist nurses attend by arrangement in response to clinical need, e.g. MacMillan nurses, MS nurse, and the Diabetes Specialist nurse visit on a regular basis.

Visiting consultant Forensic Psychiatrists also attend on a regular basis. Orthopaedic, medical, surgical, dermatology, urology and audiology specialists visit on request. Healthcare staff run nurse led clinics such as Diabetes, Asthma and Wellman clinics.

NHS Cambridgeshire is responsible for commissioning the Healthcare services.

Interventions Department
Whitemoor's Interventions Department has a multi-disciplinary team which provides:

CARAT services (Counselling Advise Assessment and Throughcare) which aim to provide support, care and future planning for prisoners with substance misuse issues.

The FOCUS Programme
The Drug Rehabilitation Treatment programme is a cognitive behavioural drug and alcohol treatment programme, designed specifically for long term offenders whose substance misuse has been linked to their criminal offending.

Peer Advice on Drugs (PADs)
The PADs scheme is a new initiative where prisoners listen to other prisoners. The work links into that of the CARATs team. Their aim is to give harm reduction based information, support and up-to-date advice on drug use and drug issues.

Voluntary drug testing operates on all residential units at Whitemoor. The establishment also works with the local Health Trust community based agencies via the local Drug Action Team (DAT) and with the Police to combat the problem of the illicit supply of drugs to the prison.

Complementary Therapy
Acupuncture for prisoners and staff.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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