New psychoactive substances: a case for integration between health and criminal justice services

Published: May 2016

Nigel Newcomen CBE, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, and Kate Davies OBE, Head of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Public Health, at NHS England.

One of the most important ideas in current public service reform is the integration of different services so that they can better meet the needs of citizens. Improving healthcare in criminal justice settings offers the chance of making progress on a number of key Government objectives: reducing reoffending; preventing ill health; improving wellbeing; and increasing value for money. The discussion showed some good cooperation between health and criminal justice services is already taking place. It also concluded with a focus on all efforts to reduce demand within prisons themselves.