4.2 Initial and refresher training
The policy on use of force refresher training is currently under review.
The policy on training registered nurses in C&R is currently under review.
Establishment governors must arrange for all new staff (including OSG’s, teachers, admin grades, probation workers etc) to undergo a local training course in Personal Safety Techniques.
Training in personal safety will take place as follows:
§ POELTS (during their initial training course).
§ All other staff commencing work at a prison may receive training based on a risk assessment (taking into account factors such as normal contact with prisoners, level of supervision of prisoners in work areas, category of prisoner at establishment).
§ Refresher training will take place at a frequency to be agreed between the local C&R Instructor and Governor.
This training comprises:
(i) Initial course-5 days.
(ii) Refresher course-2 days
All officers employed as part of a C&R unit must be accredited in advanced C&R techniques. Accreditation is effective for a period of 12 months.
No officer aged 55 or over, or healthcare staff, shall be required to undergo training to C&R (Advanced) level. Staff must pass the annual fitness test before attending a C&R advanced course.
All staff must be mindful of the Disability Discrimination Act (refer to Chapter 6 of PSO 8010 for more information)