Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the health and social care contract for HMP Liverpool and HMP Kennet to help improve the health and wellbeing of the prison population at the sites.
The new contract, which runs for five years, was awarded to Lancashire Care in April 2015 by NHS England after a robust tender process in which the Trust demonstrated an innovative and high quality approach to improving health and social care at the two prisons.
Lancashire Care will be responsible for delivering the physical, mental health and social care and substance misuse services. They will be working alongside expert subcontractor Lifeline Project (Lifeline) who will be delivering the non-clinical substance misuse services and psycho-social support. The Trust had already been providing services in the prisons on an interim basis alongside the current provider of mental health care, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, from January while the tender process took place. In that time, additional nursing positions were identified; investments were made in updating equipment and there were a number of new processes implemented dedicated to improving the quality of care and reducing risk for the service users.
Sue Tighe, Network Director of Specialist Services at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“I am delighted that we have been given the opportunity to continue working with the teams at HMP Liverpool and HMP Kennet. Lancashire Care is a well-established provider of health and wellbeing services, which includes high quality health services across five prisons in Lancashire. We have a strong track record of working with this population and recognise the vulnerabilities they are faced with as they enter prison. Whether they are with us for acute health needs or end of life care we will provide excellent and compassionate care at all times.
“We look forward to making this new journey with our partners to provide the very best services forthe people in Merseyside who require our help and support.”
The Trust is committed to ensuring that each service user has access to the same quality and range of health care services as the general public. Clear pathways of care will be developed with a strong focus on public health prevention, such as stop smoking support and getting active, as well as and health and wellbeing promotion and improvement, for example stress management. The care plans will also involve families and carers where appropriate, and ensure each service user is equipped to continue with their recovery as they are released back into the community.
Louisa Sharples, Head of Health & Justice (NW) NHS England said:
“We are pleased to be working with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in the provision of the essential service for HMP Liverpool and HMP Kennet.
“Providing health and social care service for the prison population is a varied and challenging role which forms a crucial part of the rehabilitation of offenders.”
The Trust is dedicated to delivering excellent care and ensuring all service users have a great experience with the best outcomes, as well as working in partnership with other organisations, such as working with GPs within the prisons, to help achieve this. This embodies sections of the Trust’s overall Five Year Plan which works towards the vision of providing 21st century healthcare with wellbeing at its heart.