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PEI Wormwood Scrubs – 42890
£28,351 - £31,529
London

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Overview of the job

This is an operational job in an establishment

Summary

The job holder will be a Prison Officer who will have additional specialist Physical Education Instructor training to carry out this job.

They will supervise and support prisoners in a secure custodial setting, ensuring all services are provided to a high standard and that security and control are maintained at all times.

They will also be deployed as a Supervising Officer where required

This is an operational job with no line management; however they will have supervisory responsibilities for staff.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Initiate, develop and deliver physical education programmes and activities for prisoners. Customise programmes for individual prisoners as appropriate
  • Deliver gym inductions including health and safety and equipment usage.
  • Deliver pre-planned accredited education activities and manual handling training to prisoners, adhering to Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) guidelines
  • Interview and allocate prisoners onto courses. Carry out initial risk and health assessment of prisoners and liaise with healthcare to ensure that they receive a medical check-up where required and assist with the rehabilitation of sports injuries
  • Regularly review Individual Learning Plans (ILPS) set and monitor targets to challenge prisoners
  • Have regular contact with awarding bodies regarding courses and certification
  • Identify opportunities for and manage prisoners participation in external activities, events and award schemes
  • Act as internal verifier for internal courses
  • Provide fitness training for staff and contribute to ‘Well Being’ Days
  • Conduct regular equipment checks and maintain logs.
  • Order new equipment when required and ensure all repairs are completed on existing equipment

Undertake other tasks including:

  • Supervise, manage and control prisoners decently, lawfully, safely and securely whilst carrying out all activities
  • Exercise the powers of a Constable
  • Conduct searches on prisoners, staff and visitors as required
  • Undertake external escorts
  • Undertakes ‘first on scene’ incident response
  • Maintain and update systems in line with local agreements
  • Prepare relevant documentation for managers for verification / quality checking purposes
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings as required
  • Complete and update Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan
  • Establish, develop and maintain professional relationships with prisoners and staff
  • Understand and comply with national/local policies and legislation

When required act as a Supervising Officer as per the following job descriptions:

  • SO : Safe, Decent and Secure / YP
  • SO : Operations / YP
  • SO : Special Unit
  • SO : Category A Escorts
  • SO : Nights / YP
  • SO : Regime
  • SO : PEI

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.

Behaviours

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service

Essential Experience

Must be competent in custodial procedures, including dynamic risk assessments.

Technical requirements

  • Successful completion of POELT and probation period
  • Must have Custodial Care National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) 3
  • Must be trained in restraint techniques
  • Must complete Physical Education Instruction qualification, and must also pass a fitness test

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.

Benefits

Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment

Pension

-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers

Training

-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles

Eligibility

-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.