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Mental Health: Criminal Justice

Volume 715: debated on Thursday 19 November 2009


My honourable friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Phil Hope) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

On 29 October, I reported progress to Parliament on the progress achieved further to my right honourable and noble friend Lord Bradley’s review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system. The Government accepted the direction of travel set out by Lord Bradley, and committed to developing a national delivery plan incorporating a full response to the report’s recommendations.

I am pleased to report that Improving Health, Supporting Justice, the Government’s national delivery plan was published and launched at a cross-departmental health and criminal justice conference in York on Tuesday 17 November. This delivery plan will contribute to key government initiatives around protecting the public, reducing health inequalities, reducing reoffending and health improvement and protection. In particular, it aims to:

provide a strategic framework within which local services can deliver quality improvements, and to communicate the framework to the relevant NHS and criminal justice organisations;

set out the actions the Government will take to support these improvements; and

develop a national approach, by building on the good work and good practice that is already underway in individual localities and maintain the significant impetus and enthusiasm created by Lord Bradley’s report, to drive forward improvements in health and social care services for offenders.

On 29 October, I also reported that Keith Pearson (chair of NHS East of England), has been appointed as the chair of the Health and Criminal Justice National Advisory Group. I am now pleased to inform you that the following organisations have been appointed as members of this group to date:

Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO);

Association of Directors for Social Services (ADASS);

British Medical Association (BMA);

British Psychological Society;

Calderdale Women’s Centre;

Council for Disabled Children and the Transition Information Network;


Faculty for Forensic and Legal Medicine;

Fawcett Society;

Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody;

Independent Police Complaints Commission;


Magistrates Association;


National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO);

National Advisory Council for Children’s Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing;

NHS Confederation;

Partnerships in Care;

Prison Officers Association (POA);

Police Federation;

Prison Reform Trust;


Revolving Doors;

Royal College of Nursing;

Royal College of Psychiatry;

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health;

St Ann’s Community Centre;

Together Working for Wellbeing; and

Youth Justice Board.

Improving Health, Supporting Justicea National Delivery Plan is now available on the Department of Health website at sandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAnd Guidance/DH_108606.

A copy has been placed in the Library and copies are available to honourable Members from the Vote Office.