Mental health in prisons

Mental health in prisons

Parliamentary committees should investigate mental health support for prisons and assess the Government’s effectiveness in implementing the health and wellbeing strategy for the prison service that was promised in the SNP manifesto. There are a number of current issues in the current provision of mental health support in prisons that the committee should look at but a priority should be investigating why there are no workforce modelling systems and how this can be rectified. Moreover, there are issues with specific communication and no central strategy within NHS Psychology for the provision and purpose of prison clinical psychology. This can lead to prisoners receiving different care in different prisons. Prison clinical psychology is also not included in the HEAT target which is a miss in terms of gathering data on waiting times centrally and helping to secure adequate resources.


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