Commissioning us - Criminal Justice: Talking therapies in prisons
Based upon our reputation for delivering community based talking therapies, we have recently begun delivering talking therapies within the prison system.
How we can help
We are now the largest provider of primary care psychological therapy services in the country, after the NHS. We are delivering services across five prisons in Doncaster and two prisons in Wakefield.
What we do
We believe that everyone should have the right level of treatment depending on their need. We use a stepped care approach based on the following diagram but tailored to individual service needs.
Our therapists are trained to help people to deal with negative feelings and the effect they have on mood and behaviour. Understanding more about thoughts and feelings can help people to think and act in a more positive way and feel more confident and more in control of one’s life. They can also help people to deal with difficult issues such as relationship problems, bereavement, coping with prison life or physical illness. Where people have long term physical conditions, such as diabetes, talking therapies can support them to manage their condition more effectively. Talking therapies can be used alongside medication prescribed by the doctor.
Individuals can be referred into our services in the following ways:
- Upon transfer.
- Based on outcomes of reception screening process.
- Referrals made by wing staff.
- Referrals made by family members, friends, carers.
- Self referral or referral by any other prisoner.
Upon referral, individuals undergo a preliminary mental health assessment where they are then directed to the IAPT service, Tier 4 secondary mental health services and/or drug treatment services.
During treatment patients are given support and tools to help them to manage their problems. Our services conduct formal reviews of patient progress at least every four weeks.
As part of the IAPT programme, referrals, take-up and recovery rates are monitored through the Patient Care Management Information System (PCMIS) to chart progress and give therapeutic value. We aim to reduce PHQ-9 scores so that patients meet the criteria for Clinical Significant Change and improve recovery. The broad classification for recovery is the % of patients with reduced PHQ-9 score of 5 or more who have undergone at least two CBT sessions (including initial assessment). The national IAPT data is used to enable local partners to put patients at the centre of the care pathway, deliver outcomes appropriate to need and improve clinical practice and service quality.
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