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Issue 77 12 October 2007 The Bulletin has been improved for easier on-screen reading. It now summaries new content placed on Epic (http://npsintranet.probation.gsi.gov.uk/index.htm) in the previous week and significant messages that have been circulated on the Chief Officer gateway. Articles can now be read by either scrolling down the page or by clicking the titles below: 214/07 215/07 216/07 Ministry of Justice Organisational Review Specification and Implementation Guidance for Phase III of Offender Management Issued Recently

214/07 MINISTRY OF JUSTICE ORGANISATIONAL REVIEW
Note from Helen Edwards Chief Executive of NOMS – This note focuses specifically on NOMS, whose future has been the subject of press speculation in the last couple of weeks following leaks relating to the organisational review. NOMS has not been abolished As Ministers have made clear, NOMS is not being abolished, though there may well be some changes to its structure following completion of the organisational review. The review is ongoing and is a necessary part of the creation and integration of the new Ministry of Justice (MoJ). MoJ Organisational Review It was never intended that the inherited structures would be maintained without change in the MoJ. Through the organisational review we are looking to bring together existing structures in order to join up the criminal justice system more effectively. The options being considered for the future organisational structure of the MoJ all propose some changes to NOMS structure and indeed to other structures inherited by the MoJ, but no decisions have been made at this stage on the future structure of the Department. NOMS reforms The work of NOMS is not about to be scaled back or reversed. Offender management and the commissioning arrangements required to deliver it well, will continue to be the focus that underpins and informs work with offenders. NOMS will remain ‘the system through which we commission and provide the highest quality correctional services and interventions in order to protect the public and reduce re-offending’. One of the stated aims of the review is to provide strong drive and support for the development of commissioning. The criminal justice reforms for which NOMS is responsible – end-to-end offender management, delivered through a commissioning system – are not in question and will be strengthened in the Ministry through this review.

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We are carrying on with the reform programme without being distracted. We will be building on the learning from the rollout of the first phases of offender management and maturing our commissioning system. Issued to Chief Officers, Chairs, Board Treasurers & Board Secretaries via the Chief Officer Gateway – 10 October Epic: Navigate from Home>News & Comms>News>Ministry of Justice Organisational Review Back to the top

215/07 SPECIFICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE FOR PHASE III OF OFFENDER MANAGEMENT
Phase III of Offender Management starts on 7 January next year, bringing into scope all those people sentenced to imprisonment for public protection – IPPs. The Specification for Phase III of Offender Management has now been released and is available on EPIC. It spells out what will be required of the prison and probation services and the preparations they need to make. There are expected to be around 3,400 IPPs by January and probation areas will be appointing Offender Managers for each of them to take responsibility for their whole sentence, including the sentence planning and review process and the parole review. Prisons will need to appoint an Offender Supervisor for each IPP. There will also be substantial changes to the management of all other life-sentence prisoners who will use the same system and processes being introduced for IPPs. The Specification requires providers to monitor their readiness for implementation of Phase III. For this purpose, a monthly returns form has been produced. Issued to Chief Officers & Chairs via the Chief Officer gateway – 9th October Epic: Navigate from Home>Service Delivery>Offender Management Back to the top

216/07 ISSUED RECENTLY
Probation Circulars 2007: PC33 PC32 New Accommodation and Support Service for Bail and HDC Management of Foreign National Prisoners: Licences, bail Hearings, Releases from Immigration Detention and Deportation Issued 26 September Issued 14 September

OASys Messages to Areas – Via Epic Message 065 07 4.2.2 Release to pre-release environments Issued 10 October

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OASys Assessments requiring countersignatures Creation of a Nil Report

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