Project update: September 2020
A report is being drafted for the Scottish Government Workstream for Integrated Health and Social Care in Prisons. The report results from more than 2 years of intensive exploration of the rationale for and the challenges of delivering integrated health, social work and social care services and support in Scottish prisons. Seven individual prison sites across five HSCPs undertook tests of change for up to six months, working with the Scottish Prison Service, Scottish Government, Social Work Scotland, IJBs and other stakeholders to provide evidence and learning about what is required for the future.
The report will recognise the positive work already happening in our prisons and HSCPs that supports people in prison and those liberated. It will also identify key areas where there are opportunities to improve and strengthen the multi-disciplinary approaches that need to be able to respond to the complex needs of many people in our prisons; to support them to lead positive lives within the prison and then to move on, to seek employment, support their families and contribute positively to their communities. Once approved by the Workstream (expected towards the end of 2020), we shall post the report here.
Alison Bavidge, the Development Manager for this project, leaves Social Work Scotland as of 30 September 2020. If you want to talk to someone within SWS about this project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will direct your query.
Otherwise, you can find Alison in her new role as National Director at the Scottish Association of Social Workers (Scotland@basw.co.uk).
Health and Social Care in Prisons
We have an ageing prison population and they have health care, personal care and support needs just as the rest of the population do. Providing care and support in a prison setting has a number of challenges and as the population who need care and support grows and grows older, we need to look at better ways of providing it to them.
This project is funded by the Scottish Government and has a number of key outputs:
- Phase 1: Analysis and review of current arrangements: by June 2018
The University of Dundee was commissioned to carry out this phase which took stock of existing arrangements for delivering social care in Scottish prisons in order to provide a clear basis for developing new approaches. The outcome was a report for the Health and Social Care Integration Workstream of the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care in Prisons Programme Board.
- Phase 2: Developing models: by March 2019
Informed by the research, this second phase is about developing a new approach to delivering health and social care and support in prisons. It will consider suggestions for roles and responsibilities, commissioning and procurement models and estimate costs.
- Phase 3: Testing models: by March 2020
The final phase will be about redesigning and testing of new models of health and social care integration in one or more prison.
- September 2020 update (Word document)
- Project Briefing Note June 2020 (Word document)
- Read the notes from the Tests of Change workshops 1 (here) and 2 (here)
- Project Briefing Note June 2019 (Word document)
- 28 March: Read the University of Dundee’s report here, and the Scottish Government’s response here
- It’s been agreed that a small number of tests of change will take place in Scottish prisons in the later part of 2019 to inform recommendations. We set out to identify and explore models of social care that could be applied in prisons in preparation for choosing and evaluating the tests of change in a paper.
- Models of Social Care Paper (Word document)
- Project Briefing Note February 2020 (Word document)