Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Clinks - Health and care of offenders.

Interested in the health and care of offenders?

Does your work with offenders encompass their health and care needs? Do you struggle to know who's who and what is happening in the health world?
Clinks' offender health resources can help you keep up-to-date and support you to engage effectively with health and care services and commissioners. Find all these resources and more at

Offender health monthly bulletin

Keep up-to-date on health and justice issues with our monthly news round-up for the voluntary sector involved, or with an interest, in the health and care of offenders and their families. The bulletin is one of our exclusive member benefits; find out more and become a member here.


Navigating the health landscape in England: A guide for the voluntary sector working with offenders (2014)
Do you know who's who in health commissioning? Our new publication provides an accessible overview to help you navigate the complex health and care world. The guide highlights the key bodies involved, including those with direct responsibility for commissioning offender health services.
Rights and complaints procedures for health and care services (2014)
Essential guidance explaining how and where to challenge health services if you believe a service user is not receiving the right treatment or standard of care.

Case studies

Read our two recent case studies of how excellent partnership working between the voluntary and health sectors is improving outcomes for vulnerable service users:
Sahir House: Achieving outcomes for HIV positive clients (2014)
Sahir House provide support, information and training for people living with or affected by HIV across Merseyside and North Cheshire. This case study highlights how successful relationships with the health and care sector enabled them to provide continuity of support to a service user through the difficult transition from prison to the community.
Lancashire Women's Centres: Ensuring the best health outcomes for vulnerable women (2014)
Lancashire Women's Centres is a Clinks member operating 10 One Stop Shop centres for women in the community across Lancashire. In this case study we discuss their experiences providing NHS-commissioned mental health services and how they have been able to improve health outcomes for the women they work with.

Service user involvement

Patient and Public Voice is a key agenda for health and care services. Our service user involvement webpage has a range of useful resources and guides to support you in ensuring offenders' voices are heard, including case studies of service user involvement in prisons and a guide to service user involvement.


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