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
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
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.