01 April 2016

InspireBetterHealth awarded offender health contract

A new partnership - InspireBetterHealth - which includes AWP, has been selected by NHS England South to provide healthcare services at five prisons in the south west. 

InspireBetterHealth brings together the expertise of leading healthcare organisations from across the south west, many of which already work in prisons. The group includes Bristol Community Health (prime provider), Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Hanha

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m Health, GP Care, Time for Teeth, Homecare Opticians, Day Lewis Pharmacy and Sirona care & health CIC.

The new service, which launches today (1 April 2016), runs for five years.

InspireBetterHealth will deliver 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 intergrated and high quality service to patients. The partnership's aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of prisoners, whilst at the same time, inspiring them to take ownership of their health.

The InspireBetterHealth partnership team comprises doctors, nurses, mental health 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 make 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."

Letters are going from our acting Chief Exectutive Hayley Richards to inform and welcome staff to the new partnership.

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