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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

 

Our standards, annual reports and other resources.

 

Our standards

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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 Psychiatrists, 2015).

The first edition was published in June 2015 following an extensive process of consultation with various stakeholders.

The second edition was created to reflect the feedback we'd received from those who took part in the first year. It also looked at new developments within the field of prison mental health.

The third (and current) edition was published to include the 2016 NICE guidance  on the physical health of people in prison. 

 

All criteria are rated as Type 1, 2 or 3

  1. 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 treatment
  2. Expected standards that all services should meet
  3. Desirable standards that high performing services should meet.

 

Standards for 24 Hour Mental Healthcare in Prisons

 

These standards provide a framework for improving quality in prison mental health services with inpatient provisions or enhanced care facilities.

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.

 

Annual reports

Our annual reports summarise findings from the review visits that are conducted over each year.

They outline the current climate within prison mental health nationally, identifying best practice as well as the key areas of challenge experienced by participating services.

 

 

Newsletters

If you have an article you would like to us to feature, or have anything to advertise, please email prisonnetwork@rcpsych.ac.uk.

 

 

Email discussion group

The email discussion group provides an opportunity for staff to post queries to other member services and to share best practice and lessons learnt.

Please sign up as many members of staff who would like to join by sending ‘join’ to prisonnetwork@rcpsych.ac.uk.

 

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