Commissioning health care for offenders
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Commissioning health care for offenders

Nigel Davies Interim head of quality, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Shaney-Ann Charles Public health commissioning manager, NHS England, Hertfordshire and South Midlands area team
Karen Handscomb Quality and patient safety manager, NHS England, Hertfordshire and South Midlands area team

As the NHS reforms continue, Nigel Davies and colleagues discuss the need for managers to maintain high quality services through partnership working and a focus on local delivery

This article sets out the background to offender health care in the UK and explains how the commissioning of services in England is changing. The roles and responsibilities of NHS England and clinical commissioning groups are explained with reference to prison health care, and other secure accommodation and community offender health.

Identified risks such as poor attendance at partnership boards, and lack of capability and capacity in clinical commissioning groups may lead to less attention being given to local system delivery and less engagement with key partners. Nurse managers, working in commissioning and provider settings, need to understand the changes to achieve greater partnership working and ensure that the quality of care across pathways is maintained for offenders.

Nursing Management. 20, 5, 18-22. doi: 10.7748/nm2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 March 2013

Accepted: 06 May 2013

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