Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Next steps for improving the delivery of health care in the criminal justice system in England and Wales - collaboration, standards and transitioning to the community

Morning, Tuesday, 12th February 2019

Central London


This seminar focuses on next steps for the commissioning and provision of healthcare services in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. 

The conference will be an opportunity discuss the next steps for further partnership agreements and greater co-operation with stakeholders following the publication of the National Partnership Agreement for Prison Healthcare in England 2018-2021 - involving the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, Public Health England, the Department of Health & Social Care, and NHS England - and in light of the continued development of the Health and Justice Information Service.

It also takes place with NICE expected to review guidelines on the physical health of people in prison and as the Health and Social Care Select Committee conduct their Prison Healthcare Inquiry, looking at the overall management of prison healthcare services.

Delegates will assess processes used in prisons to deliver diagnosis, treatment and management of physical and mental health issues, as well as medical care for longer term conditions and social care needs.

They will also consider the safety of prisons, and options for reforming the commissioning and regulation of prison healthcare services and we expect discussion on what more can be done to address health inequalities for people in the criminal justice system, as health services look to deliver consistent standards of care and access to treatment.

Further sessions will also look at key issues around the recruitment and retention of healthcare staff working in prison and probation settings, and consider how probation services can better manage demand for healthcare in conjunction with the NHS and other providers of assistance and support for ex-offenders.

Keynote Speaker

Kate Davies

Director, Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England


Lord Ramsbotham

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs


Dr Vis Reddy

Clinical Director, JWPM Consulting

Dr Linda Harris

Chief Executive, Spectrum Community Health

Steve Johnson-Proctor

Divisional Director, Probation, South East & Eastern, HM Prison and Probation Service