Consultation on proposed changes to ‘The transfer and remission of adult prisoners under the Mental Health Act 1983 good practice guidance 2019’ and introduction of ‘The transfer and remission of immigration removal centre detainees under the Mental Health Act 1983 good practice guidance 2019’

Closed 19 Jul 2019

Opened 23 May 2019

Overview

Publishing approval reference: 000647

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a national consultation on guidance relating to individuals held within prisons and immigration removal centres (IRCs) who have been detained under the Mental Health Act for assessment and treatment within mental health in-patient services.

The consultation focuses on two proposed documents, which set out information and guidance on the transfer of these individuals to mental health in-patient services and their remission back to prison or an IRC:

  • Proposed updates to ‘The transfer and remission of adult prisoners under the Mental Health Act 1983 good practice guidance 2019’ 
  • Proposed introduction of ‘The transfer and remission of immigration removal centre detainees under the Mental Health Act 1983 good practice guidance 2019’

This follows priorities and recommendations set out in the 2017 National Audit Office report into prison mental health services, The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and the 2018 report into the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983. Furthermore, associated engagement has helped to inform the two proposed guidance documents.

Easy read consultation documents

Audiences

  • Mental health trusts
  • Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
  • Strategic clinical networks (SCNs)
  • Voluntary groups
  • Charities
  • Advocacy or support organisations
  • Royal Colleges
  • Service providers
  • Patients
  • Carers
  • Service users

Interests

  • Patient and public voice
  • Equality and diversity
  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Specialised commissioning
  • Offender
  • Commissioning