Our new partnership – InspireBetterHealth – has been selected by NHS England South to provide healthcare services at five south west prisons from 1 April 2016.
InspireBetterHealth brings together the expertise of leading healthcare organisations from across the south west, many of which already work in prisons. The partnership includes Bristol Community Health (lead provider), Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Hanham Health, GP Care, Time for Teeth, Homecare Opticians, Day Lewis Pharmacy and Sirona care & health CIC.
The announcement follows a competitive procurement process, which was open to all providers and led by NHS England South as the responsible commissioners for prison healthcare services. The new contact runs for five years.
InspireBetterHealth is now delivering healthcare services at HMP Bristol, HMP Eastwood Park, HMP Ashfield, HMP Leyhill and HMP Erlestoke. Bristol Community Health will be the lead healthcare provider at all five establishments, and the entire partnership will work collaboratively with commissioners, prison professionals and other partners to provide an integrated and high quality service to patients. The partnership’s aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of patients in prison, whilst at the same time, inspiring them to take ownership of their health.
Bristol Community Health and partners have a proven track record in the provision of prison healthcare, and will draw upon considerable expertise in the south west area to offer patients a service that is safe, evidence-based, efficient and effective. The InspireBetterHealth partnership team comprises doctors, nurses, mental health and substance misuse professionals, learning disability practitioners, managers and administrators with a wide variety of other specialist services including audiology, podiatry, physiotherapy, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy.
Julia Clarke, Chief Executive of Bristol Community Health said: “We’re very excited to start the new contract and to launch our new partnership, InspireBetterHealth. Our ambition is to deliver integrated, high quality care which inspires prisoners to take ownership of their health. This includes setting their own health goals and making positive, healthy choices over time. We believe good health helps people get ‘back on track’ and making positive health choices encourages people to make positive choices in other areas of their life, too.”
“Our new service model contains a number of innovations which reduces the number of separate assessments patients experience, as well as reducing the need for prison escorts to off-site healthcare. We’re looking forward to extending our partnership into HMP Erlestoke and we’re working closely with NHS England South to ensure a seamless transition from the previous providers. We’re also focusing on the retention and recruitment of staff and will be working with local communities to increase our talent pool across the establishments.”
Nikki Luffingham, Director of Operations and Delivery at NHS England South, said: “NHS England is pleased to be working with InspireBetterHealth across the south west following a rigorous competitive procurement process. NHS England commissions quality care equivalent to that in the community for prisoners and looks forward to working with InspireBetterHealth to ensure all services meet those requirements.”
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