Our standards for Prison Mental Health Services are a
framework to assess the quality of prison mental health services
through self and peer review.
The specialist standards also use the CCQI standards for
community-based mental health services (Royal College of
first edition was published in June 2015 following
an extensive process of consultation with various
The second and third edition were created to reflect
the feedback we'd received from those who took part
in the review cycles. It also looked at new developments
within the field of prison mental health. The standards include
2016 NICE guidance on the physical health of people in prison.
The fourth (and current) edition was published in
September 2018. These now incorporate the 24 hour mental healthcare
All criteria are rated as Type 1, 2 or 3
- Essential standards. Failure to meet these would result in a
significant threat to patient safety, rights or dignity and/or
would breach the law. These standards also include the fundamentals
of care, including the provision of evidence based care and
- Expected standards that all services should meet
- Desirable standards that high performing services should
Standards for 24 Hour Mental Healthcare in Prisons
standards provide a framework for improving quality
in prison mental health services with inpatient provisions or
enhanced care facilities. These are now incorporated within the
Fourth (and current) edition standards.
They've been developed following extensive consultation with key
stakeholders and a thorough examination of the key literature.
These standards can be used by member services of the
Quality Network as an optional addition to the existing set of
standards for prison mental health services that form the basis of
self and peer-reviews.