From prison to work: A new frontier for Individual Placement and Support

Centre for Mental Health, June 2018

From prison to work: A new frontier for Individual Placement and Support reports on a pilot programme in the West Midlands to support prisoners with mental health difficulties into employment when they are released. The programme sought to employ the proven Individual Placement and Support approach from mental health services to the criminal justice system for the first time. It enabled people who would otherwise have had little prospect of paid work to get jobs when they were released from prison as well as providing help with basic needs such as housing and health.

The report finds that the Individual Placement and Support approach can be adapted successfully to support prisoners to get work when they are released. It calls on the Government to invest in a larger scale trial of IPS for former prisoners and to reform existing employment services in the criminal justice system. The report also found that few of the people who had been in contact with prison mental health services as a result of complex needs and vulnerabilities were supported by community mental health services after their release. And many former prisoners got scant help with housing or money despite leaving prison with nowhere to live and no income. It calls on the NHS and probation services to offer more effective, holistic support to former prisoners to support their rehabilitation.

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Public health in prisons and secure settings

Public Health England, April 2018

These are resources to track, treat and prevent single infections and outbreaks in prisons, secure settings and health services. They include guidance on:

  • Infection control in prisons and secure settings
  • Reporting single incidents and outbreaks
  • Prison and secure settings health services
  • Prescribed places of detention: health needs assessment toolkits
  • Improving testing and treatment rates for bloodborne viruses
  • Five nations health and justice collaboration

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Parc Prison: An evaluation of peer-led self-management training within a prison setting

Mental Health Foundation, February 2017

The Mental Health Foundation in partnership with G4S delivered self-management with peer support courses to vulnerable prisoners at HMP & YOI Parc between October 2013 and December 2016.  This report presents the findings from an evaluation of prisoners who took part in the self-management training as well as facilitators and other key stakeholders involved in the development of the project. Hearing from prisoners directly gives us an insight into how self-management can give them an opportunity to see beyond the boundaries of their current situation, support them to achieve realistic goals and build positive relationships that all work towards improving wellbeing.

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Preventing suicides: staff perspectives

Centre for Mental Health, February 2017

This report is based on interviews with health care staff working in prisons and those reviewing clinical care following suicide deaths. It finds that the majority of prisoners have multiple and complex needs including poor mental health, but many do not get access to mental health support. It concludes that prisons need to shift from a primarily punitive approach to a culture centred on wellbeing, recovery and rehabilitation.  The report makes recommendations to improve safety and wellbeing of prisoners.

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Traumatic brain injury and offending: An economic analysis

Centre for Mental Health, July 2016

Over a million people in this country live with the consequences of traumatic brain injury, at a cost to the economy of around £15 billion a year.

This report sheds light on head injury (in which the brain is damaged by impact, such as from a fall, a road accident or violence), and the risks it poses. The report finds that a head injury doubles a person’s risk of later mental health problems, even if the person had no prior history of mental ill-health.

Traumatic brain injury also has a marked impact on the economy, at a cost of £15 billion a year. This figure comprises of lost work contributions, premature death and health and social care costs. This £15 billion does not, however, include the human costs of head injury on people’s wellbeing and quality of life, which is clearly the biggest cost.

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Mental health and criminal justice: views from consultations across England & Wales

Centre for Mental Health, April 2016

With extremely high rates of mental ill-health among the prison population, this report draws on experiences from across England and Wales to determine the way forward for improvement. It finds that few of the prisons represented at the events were able to offer psychological therapies, and that primary mental health care remains the weakest element of mental health support in prisons.

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