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  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:52 pm
    I dont think people realise what prisoners get lined up for
    One was having hernia surgery, one was something orthopaedic I couldn’t even say let alone spell again and last one was dialysis so we would have either been at hospital until 10pm or not
    I mean that to me is impressive that HMP bankroll that
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:52 pm
    Yeah definitely, thanks for that chat and your presence on the site!! :slby:
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:50 pm
    I best disappear and collect the other half from work or I don't think ill be getting fed tonight but will be back around all week keeping my hand in where I can and be back around next Sunday if you are?
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:50 pm
    That's all we were told, why go through all the application to then turn it down?!
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:49 pm
    One rejected the T&Cs on his contract! :slwoot: you what? in English what does that mean? :slbg:
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:49 pm
    The recent 2 . . . 1 had 3 sickies in 2 weeks and one has a medical issue
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:48 pm
    That's just from our foundation training, there would have been another 2 that didn't show up for our initial induction, 1 had genuine reasons but one rejected the T&Cs on his contract!
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:48 pm
    but 2 have never arrived for varying reasons
    that is mad, after all the application process and the wait and 2 guys just didn't show? what could be the reason? I'm still shocked at that
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:47 pm
    Just imagine putting that into practice in a jail, wow :slhe:
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:47 pm
    From what I understand all the big wings with landings have one in the office between them, the small spur wings have one between them but you can get between them all in less than a minute and others are dotted about the prison
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:46 pm
    And on the landings where is access to a defibrillator?
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:46 pm
    Our group were pretty spot on, there were a few times someone may have got a shock the first few goes but with there only being 10 of us and 3 defibs we got lots of practice in
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:45 pm
    I have done it before in a previous job so kinda knew what to expect, we were only doing a 1 day emergency first aid at work course, we can do the 3 day one when were trained and live and become a work place first aider if we wish
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:43 pm
    Have you done Defib training before?
    Day 14 was a one day first aid and defib training session. Very interesting to go over stuff and get involved with the practical side.

    Did lots of theory, practicals on cpr, bandaging, recovery position and then use of the defib and safety around it
    I remember Defib training and it just didnt sink in the first time, it took 3 or 4 courses before I was comfortable with it, its a big ask I think
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:43 pm
    7 weeks training more to go yet! Then 2 weeks shadowing (but we'll actually be able to do the job and intervene when needed) before going live officially on 2nd feb!
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:41 pm
    Yeah an entire month to go isn't it?
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:41 pm
    Ive got used to the routine, standards and what's expected, enjoying getting on with the learning side now and what's to come in the rest of our training
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:41 pm
    Ohh Newbold was a hell of a place, it's great how they have it organised and the training is great but that doesn't help those training with their behaviour at times, there were people playing leap frog down hall ways, wrestling and a shed load of gossipy girls all after an evening in the bar! Im very glad I'm training at my home prison and able to go home each night!!
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:39 pm
    You have been really been through it :slhehe: and I loved your comment about Newbold
    Big warning about Newbold . . . the walls are paper thin, every door slams louder than a cell door and all the corridors are suspended floors and you can hear a mouse moving down them!
    wow that does remind me of Holiday Inn though, well even worse
    are you getting used to it now NOS?
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:38 pm
    Issue 2 was a run in with a POA rep that Id prefer to keep off here and I'll drop you a PM about
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:38 pm
    Issue number was due to proving I have at least a level 2 in English and maths functional skills, I dont have my GCSE certificates but I do have a certified statement of results from the exam board, at first they refused to accept these, despite me paying £90 for ordering them on their advice, that issue is now resolved!
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:35 pm
    Thats the third occasion I have thought about leaving already
    so what was 1 of the other 2?
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:33 pm
    Yeah total lack of participation? could be the reason :slsh2:
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:33 pm
    Ive seen that! Sometimes 800 guests viewing too but no sign ups
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:33 pm
    N90KMW only joined on 21/11, is there anything in place that may be blocking him?
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:32 pm
    Yeah and some of these new members never write a post, just sit back and read, now that is helpful :slaN:
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:31 pm
    Not heard of him to be honest, there have been a few new registrations and a bit more activity recently so possibly a newer member?
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:30 pm
    I have just had an email from N90KMW
    "Message sent to you follows
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Hi, not authorised to read forum prison officer diary ?

    As in subject will not let me access a certain part of the forum."


    have you even heard of N90KMW? wonder what the problem could be, he cant get into the Diaries
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:30 pm
    Yeah I do remember that they have given you some decent Christmas leave so that is a bonus, didn't happen in the past
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:30 pm
    Ive got 3 solid weeks of training and will keep my diary up to date, hopefully shed some light on how it all works with the apprenticeship scheme for everyone to learn from and see what happens
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:29 pm
    That has been a big help, our mentor and temporary line manager have been great too, I got in touch with HR myself and found out what was going on and they fought the battle from their end, what with moving 200 miles, changing job, family issues and then the pay problem November was turning into a nightmare month!!
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:27 pm
    Ooooooo blimmen heck NOS :slsad: yeah what a let down, you are lucky to have the support of your missus, must be a big help
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:26 pm
    Thats the third occasion I have thought about leaving already and I can see why people don't stay long based on a couple of experiences
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:26 pm
    I did throw my toys out of the pram big time over the pay issue, how such a huge agency can be so insistent on us doing as we should and signing/returning documents only for them to fail to process them in time is a total mystery!!
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:24 pm
    Great shame, I think in your case you will progress on , you seem to be doing so well!
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:24 pm
    I watched the tv series when they were on and have also done my youtube research before starting the job, its a shame though that most of the people featured in them, both prisoners and officers either end up back in prison or leaving the service!
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:22 pm
    Haha love it, the videos are very watchable though
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:21 pm
    I can't speak too much from experience yet but the officers I've seen on those programs and the ones at my prison are totally different
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:21 pm
    I think they're all very good, they do however only tend to show the bad sides of prisons and seemed to focus a lot more on the failures
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:20 pm
    Oh crikey anyway I would like to thank you and Bearguy for uploading all those brilliant videos app.php/video wow what a brilliant collection now, any favourites there?
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:19 pm
    Apologies for the lateness, been doing loads of little jobs today and got stuck in traffic!
  • falkorSun Dec 01, 2019 5:19 pm
    Hi NOS welcome back
  • northorsouthSun Dec 01, 2019 5:18 pm
    Wasn't sure if we were having an mcat this week and I was running a little late so Ive popped along anyway
  • falkorSun Nov 24, 2019 5:50 pm
    That'll be great ! Newbold tomorrow , wow up, up and up
    the prison I’m at issue you one once training is completed at the same time they issue baton, fish knife etc
    what else are you waiting on NOS? or do you have most of it now?
  • northorsouthSun Nov 24, 2019 5:36 pm
    Ill try to pop back later on if I'm back in time and have got myself ready for the trek to Newbold tomorrow if not ill keep my dairy going and watch the posts during the week :-)
  • northorsouthSun Nov 24, 2019 5:34 pm
    I'm on pick up duties in a bit so can't make 6 pm but can definitely do same time next week
  • northorsouthSun Nov 24, 2019 5:34 pm
    Don't get me wrong, there are some that are horrible but the good majority have been very respectful and wanted to chat
  • falkorSun Nov 24, 2019 5:32 pm
    Yeah I can imagine
    The difference in how you feel from day 1 in civvies your day 2 when you’ve got keys and that uniform on is amazing, the prisoners can spot you a mile off but they still have respect and although they give a bit of grief and banter a good chat will settle worries quickly
    glad to hear the prisoners have respect, blimey that is a big positive and if you have that, what a good start
  • northorsouthSun Nov 24, 2019 5:31 pm
    Yeh it does, but with 7.5 weeks training, 2 off for xmas it'll come around quick, I really want to get into training now and then get live, its been great seeing what happens but not being able to be involved or help has been hard work
  • falkorSun Nov 24, 2019 5:30 pm
    Oooo that seems a long way off from here
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