Offender health

The Offender Health Division is responsible for leading on development and delivery of a cross government Health and Criminal Justice Programme. The programme’s common aim is improving health and social care outcomes for adults and children in contact with the criminal justice system, focusing on early intervention, liaison and diversion. This is also an important component of the reducing re-offending and health inequalities agenda, with many offenders having mental health and/or substance misuse problems and social care needs.

National framework to improve mental health and wellbeing published

The government has published the Mental health implementation framework, which sets out what organisations can do to make the 6 high-level objectives of the mental health strategy No Health without … Read more → – National framework to improve mental health and wellbeing published

Substance misuse services in prisons, immigration and removal centres

The Department, together with the Ministry of Justice and the Youth Justice Board, has issued a dear colleague letter that sets out policy for provison of services related to substance … Read more → – Substance misuse services in prisons, immigration and removal centres

Latest topics referred to NICE: March 2012

Department of Health ministers agreed to refer the following topics to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in March, to begin the process of developing guidance for … Read more → – Latest topics referred to NICE: March 2012

Evaluation report of the Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion Pilot Scheme

In 2007 the Department commissioned a pilot programme of six pilot schemes for improvement in health provision within the youth justice system and provision of help for children and young … Read more → – Evaluation report of the Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion Pilot Scheme

Substance misuse services in adult prisons in England

As part of the Government’s October 2010 spending review, responsibility for the funding of non-clinical substance misuse services in contracted adult prisons in England transfered to NHS primary care trusts.  … Read more → – Substance misuse services in adult prisons in England

Commissioning of substance misuse services from April 2013

A joint letter from Richard Bradshaw, the DH Director of Offender Health, and Rosanna O’Connor, the Director of Delivery for the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, has been published … Read more → – Commissioning of substance misuse services from April 2013

Offender personality disorder – consultation response

The response to the offender personality disorder consultation has now been published. The consultation asked for people’s views about a new pathway approach for the treatment and management of offenders … Read more → – Offender personality disorder – consultation response