AWP provides the mental health, neurodevelopment and psychosocial substance misuse services into five prisons: HMP Bristol, HMP Eastwood Park, HMP Ashfield, HMP Leyhill and HMP Erlestoke.

Our work supports people in distress who are experiencing mild to serious mental health difficulties. At HMP Bristol and HMP Eastwood Park, we have divided our services into a crisis team (operating daily, 8 a.m – 8 p.m daily), a primary care mental health team and a therapies team (operating Monday to Friday, 8.30 a.m – 5 p.m). We also employ a social prescriber and a dual diagnosis worker in these services.

At HMP Ashfield, HMP Leyhill and HMP Erlestoke, we have amalgamated the mental health and substance misuse services into wellbeing teams who work Monday to Friday, 8.30 a.m – 5 p.m. There is also a psychiatry provision available across the five sites and a perinatal mental health service at HMP Eastwood Park.

The neurodiversity team visits the five sites to support people who have:

  • adult attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • acquired brain injury (ABI)
  • autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) 
  • a learning disability

The substance misuse team helps people with mild to more serious addictions who may need support to stabilise or undergo a detoxification with medical support such as opiate substitution therapy.  

The mental health and substance misuse services work closely with community teams to understand what works for an individual when they first come into prison, and provide support when accessing services on release.   

If you, or a person you care for, are referred to our service, we will carry out an assessment to understand your mental health needs and/or your addiction, review the best treatment plan, and allocate a personal keyworker. Treatment is completed following the CPA / Orange Guidelines, and psychosocial support is available via one-to-one sessions, groups and in cell packs. 

During treatment, you will spend time understanding more about mental wellbeing and/or substance misuse and addiction. Mutual aid is also available, including:

  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Cocaine Anonymous
  • Alcoholics Anonymous

The Nexus service is commissioned by the Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway to provide services for women in South West England and South Wales who are serving a sentence at HMP Eastwood Park. Nexus offers women a range of interventions and approaches. The service includes:   

  • a 16-bed residential provision. 

  • day services offering assessments, group interventions, one-to-one work and pathway planning. 

  • an outreach service to support women in the wider prison, who are either not able to access the day service or have completed treatment and are seen on an outreach basis. 

We accept referrals from all sources and work with anyone of any age regardless of the severity of their mental health, neurodiversity, alcohol or substance misuse condition. 

To make a referral, please contact the relevant prison using the details in the Contact Us section and request the Mental Health or Substance Misuse teams.