HM Prison & Probation Service - LTHSE

TDP designed and delivered the Talent Programme for the Long-Term and High Security Estate (LTHSE) of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). Currently in its second year, this programme is designed to equip high-potential colleagues at all levels with the skills for now, and for the future, to prepare them to take on the leadership roles for the future of the HMPPS.

The challenges faced by the HMPPS are well publicised, with fewer resources and increasing population resulting in a challenging environment where leadership is critical to achievement of their objectives.

The Programme is designed to meet the needs to two cohorts, at Band 2-5 (frontline staff and first line /custodial managers) and Bands 6-11 (Heads of Function and Governor grades) and is part of an initiative to build a pipeline of talent to engage, motivate and drive performance to meet the leadership challenges.

Crucial to the success of the programme is TDP’s knowledge of the client, the operation and the political and economic landscape. The programme takes leading edge ideas and established concepts and places them in the context of the prison environment, meaning participants’ thinking is challenged and the learning is applicable and immediately transferrable.

The LTHSE Talent Programme takes a psychometric-led approach, blending 1-1 development coaching, innovative and impactful face-to-face events, work-based application and presentation, as well as working groups delivering bespoke project work back in their respective Prisons.

Evaluation feedback on the programme has been outstanding. To date, we have seen a significant number of participants progress quickly to broader or more senior roles, take on non-obvious career moves to develop expertise, as well as receiving strong feedback on levels of confidence and capability to do more and be more in their leadership and management practice.