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Liaison and diversionary services and other service partnerships between health and justice

Equipping the workforce to deliver prison liaison and diversion services 


Nearly half of all prisoners have anxiety or depression, and nearly a third of all 13-18 year old who offend have a mental health issue. For many of these offenders, prison can make their situation worse.

NHS England has developed a new model of service provision for liaison and diversion services, which aims to identify offenders who have mental health, learning disability or substance misuse vulnerabilities when they first come into contact with the criminal justice system, improve health outcomes, reduce re-offending and identify vulnerabilities earlier, thus reducing the likelihood that offenders will reach crisis-point.

Trial schemes have been commissioned across England and we're modelling the workforce required to deliver 100% roll out.

We've collected data on the workforce within the pilot sites and identified the skill mix and numbers required to deliver the service to the whole population. Additionally, we''ve advised on education and training requirements needed to equip teams with the right skills and competencies to deliver the new service model. 

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