College Report CR141, February 2007, Royal College of Psychiatrists, £ 10.00, 52 pp
The prison environment is radically different from that with which most psychiatrists are familiar. Doctors may have limited control over health facilities in prisons and the delivery of services follows a radically different philosophy, being principally centred on security and control. Resources are also likely to be limited both in quantity and diversity. The epidemiology of mental disorder and the nature of the prison environment result in the role of the psychiatrist in prison being a particularly challenging one.
This report concerns itself with the development of psychiatric services in adult prisons in England and Wales. It is hoped that the guidance will be of relevance to other jurisdictions (it is not applicable to people under the age of 21 in prison establishments). It concentrates on generic services in prisons, and so does not generate recommendations on the needs of prisoners with special needs, nor on the particular needs of women or people from Black or minority ethnic groups with mental health problems in prison.
The report makes 26 recommendations to improve mental healthcare in prisons. These cover the areas of:
role of the consultant psychiatrist in prison
commissioning mental health services in prisons
addiction services in prisons
learning disability services in prison
old age psychiatry in prisons
rehabilitation psychiatry in prison
psychotherapy services in prison
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