01 July 2013
Ashfield prison joins AWP's criminal justice portfolio
The ability to deploy an experienced, integrated,
multi-disciplinary team at short notice means that from 1 July,
Specialised Drugs and Alcohol Services (SDAS) is adding South
Gloucestershire's Ashfield prison to its criminal justice
The award of this contract, for a prison where we have
historical links, also reflects the high regard in which our prison
drugs service is held in South Gloucestershire.
Until the government announced earlier this year its decision to
turn Ashfield into a Category C adult male prison, it had been home
to a young offenders' institute.
Serco, which runs the prison, announced earlier this month that
the new service would begin on 1 July and we were asked if we could
provide a comprehensive service covering mental health, learning
disabilities, substance misuse, psychosocial interventions as well
as clinical prescribing.
Led by interim SDAS Managing Director Martin McLean, a new model
was developed to deliver this multi-disciplinary service. A 12
strong team, consisting of experienced members of SDAS and
colleagues transferred (under TUPE*) from Serco has been assembled
to deliver this innovative service.
Clinical director for SDAS Tim Williams said: "This is really
good news and a great opportunity to deliver a specialist service
via a new integrated model. It is another example of our
flexibility and capability to deliver expertise in a number of
specialist areas helping us to win new work.
"May I thank everyone who helped us respond positively to this
request and contributed to the design and delivery of a completely
new and innovative service in less than six weeks."
Tim said it was likely that having established the service in
Ashfield, it would be competitively tendered in 2014 and that we
would be a strong participant in that tender process.
*TUPE: Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)