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.

Read the Government’s response to this report

  • 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.

Latest updates:

  • 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.
  • Project Briefing Note February 2020 (Word document)


Alison Bavidge Social Care in Prison Development Manager