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National Probation Service

Issue 88 11 January 2008

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001/08 Outcome of the Strategic Review of the NOMIS Programme

002/08 Butler Trust Award Winners 2008
003/08 Welsh Probation Areas Win EFQM Award
004/08 Events
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The NOMIS programme was suspended when it was identified that there was not sufficient funding for the
programme to continue as specified. An immediate moratorium on further development work was imposed while the
strategic review identified recommendations for the future direction of the Programme and the Ministry of Justice
Internal Auditors carried out a review of the Programme. Their findings were taken into account as part of the review
and will be integrated into the revised structure of the programme.

Following the comprehensive review, which included close consultation with representatives from the Prison Service
and Probation Areas, the Minister has now agreed the strategic direction of the programme.

The objectives of the programme remain to:

• Enable improved business continuity by replacing ailing legacy case management and offender assessment
applications in public prisons and probation
• Enable more efficient and effective operational management of offenders
• Support offender management processes and thereby reduce re-offending and enhance public protection
• Provide supplier neutral information to support Commissioners
• Provide improved management information to enable improved performance

The recommendations of the review are that:

• HM Prison Service is to receive a version of C-NOMIS which will replace the existing case management
system (LIDS). Three public sector prisons already use the live system. From recent analysis it is clear that
the system will drive significant efficiencies when rolled out across the service.
• Arrangements will be made to allow sharing of information between Prisons and Probation Areas through a
new mechanism ‘Data share’ which will give read only access to core case information to support offender

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• Improvements will be made to OASys and the system will be re-developed as a single national system
across probation and prisons.
• Delius, a case management system already in use by some Probation Areas, is to be implemented where
existing NPS case management systems are in urgent need of replacement.
• C-NOMIS will not therefore be deployed to the National Probation Service.
• We will consider options to address a range of issues associated with CRAMS (the case management
system currently in use in most probation Areas) including obsolete software and hardware, and compliance
with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.

We will take account of the current strategic reviews of Offender Management and Offender Assessment.

The Minister has agreed these carefully costed measures on the recommendation of the governance Boards of the
National Offender Management Service and Ministry of Justice.

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The Probation Service have won 13 Butler Trust Awards; an NPS Briefing will be issued shortly with completed
details of the winners and awards, in the meantime information is available on Epic.

Epic: Navigate from Home>News & Comms>News>Butler Trust Award Winners 2008

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The Wales European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Team have again been awarded a Public Sector
Prize at the Wales Quality Awards 2007.

The Team received their first award in 2005 and the award is external recognition of their standing as a quality public
sector organisation, and has received positive regional media coverage to this effect.

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004/08 EVENTS

Academy for Criminal Justice Commissioning – Lessons Learnt; Regional/local commissioning in children’s

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Event Aims are to share innovative examples of Regional commissioning in children’s services. This will be
highlighted through case studies from Regional teams discussing model contracts.

If you would like to attend, please email: Places are limited and will be allocated
on a strictly first come first served basis
Venue: CSSC Sports & Leisure, Recreation Centre, 1 Chadwick Street, Westminster, London SW1P 2EP
Date: 29 January 2008
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Probation Circulars 2008:

PC02 Dynamic Risk Assessment of Sex Offenders Issued 10 January

Dynamic risk factors have been shown to be an important addition to static risk
assessments such as Risk Matrix 2000. This PC introduces two dynamic risk
assessment tools, Stable and Acute. Stable helps offender managers by giving a
structured template for assessment interviews, and providing an assessment of
issues that need attention during supervision. Acute gives a brief assessment that
can be completed at each supervision session and will help the supervising officer
to determine the level and content of supervision required. Police have indicated
that they will use the same Stable and Acute tools in their assessment and
monitoring of sexual offenders. The Stable tool will be completed annually and the
Acute tool at every supervision session. The Acute tool takes about 10 minutes to

PC01 List of Probation Circulars Issued in 2007 Issued 2 January

OASys Messages to Areas – Via Epic

Message 083 07 4.2.a Incident Fix Release Issued 9 January

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