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Westminster Briefing 'Improving Mental and Physical Offender Health'


13th May 2014

Policy and Practice Briefing to be held in Westminster, London

Confirmed Speakers


  • Lord Ramsbotham, Former Chief Inspector of Prisons, Chair of APPG on Penal Affairs
  • Dr Simon Marshall, Head of Health, Wellbeing, & Substance Misuse Co-commissioning, National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
  • GrahamDurcan, Associate Director, Criminal Justice Programme, Centre for Mental Health
  • Dr Ranjit Kini, Associate Clinical Director - Offender Health and Community Forensic Mental Health Services, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rob King, Joint Lead Offender Health, Mental Health Liaison Officer Cleveland Police
  • Suzanne Lawrence, Managing Director for Primary care, CareUK


Health inequalities, mental health challenges and alcohol and drug abuse are prevalent issues across the criminal justice system . As the Coalition Government pushes for further integration of services, how can the criminal justice and health sector work more effectively together to address these offender challenges?

This briefing will provide you with up-to-date insight into policy developments to inform your strategy for the year ahead. Explore new commissioning structures, integrated working partnerships and training strategies to best equip you to address offender health issues.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:


  • Understanding the key health concerns in the criminal justice system
  • Drugs and alcohol: addressing and treating widespread abuse
  • Bradley Report Revisited Commission: comprehensive update
  • Future provisions for mental health classification and treatment
  • Understanding the complex health needs of BME offenders
  • Commissioning health services: understanding the single operating model
  • The street triage pilot scheme: extending the pilot
  • Educating and training personnel: managing diverse health challenges
  • Developing new working partnerships across the criminal justice system
  • Best practice case studies: best working models from leading practitioners
  • Examples of good practice in procuring specialist services
  • Case studies of successful rehabilitation strategies


The Event

During the morning session, delegates will hear from our panel to examine the core health challenges across the criminal justice system, and the current policy response. Discuss practical strategies to begin to introduce not just parity between physical and mental health for offenders, but ambitions to achieve health equality more generally.

The afternoon session will focus on sharing best practice. Delegates will explore examples of integrated working partnerships, successful rehabilitation strategies and procuring specialist services.


Who Should Attend?

Delegates at this briefing will be drawn from across the health and care sectors including, but not limited to: NOMS Comissioning Manager, Health & Wellbeing Boards, Operational Lead DSPD, criminal justice liaison nurses, Police Mental Health Liaison Officer, Criminal Justice and Police Custody Teams, Police Medical Services Consultant, Prison Health Services Officers, Probation Officers, Offender Managers, and mental health, and drug and alchol abuse service providers from the public, private and third sector. 

For more information please visit the Westminster Briefing website.