Healthcare in the Justice System: Improving Outcomes, Reducing Reoffending

This event will look at the impact of health and social care in justice settings, and examine how to deliver quality services for people with criminal convictions.

Improved health outcomes have a positive effect on reducing offending behaviour

High correlations between poor health, income inequality, low social mobility, crime, imprisonment, mental health problems and high levels of obesity are found among those who have criminal convictions.

In 2017, the Scottish Government established a Health and Justice Collaboration Improvement Board to address health inequalities for those with criminal convictions through collaborative working across health and social care and justice services. Aided and supported by the 'Justice Strategy: 2017-18 Delivery Plan' and the recent 'Five Years On' Royal College of Nursing report into healthcare in prisons, collaborative working across sectors seeks to improve outcomes for those with criminal convictions.

However, pressures on staff and resources mean that this is often easier said than done. Join us on 20 June to examine how your organisation can work collaboratively to deal with complex needs and what needs to be done to improve health and wellbeing for those with criminal convictions.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Understanding the current health demographics of people with criminal convictions  
  • Examining the issues experienced by the prison population; tackling ongoing health inequalities, continuity of care and sustainability of services
  • Enabling communities to be safe and supportive and work in partnership to create a continuity of care once an individual has left prison
  • Examining how the integration of health and social care and the redesign of the community justice system can complement one another going forward

Who should attend?

This event will be of benefit to those working to improve outcomes for those with criminal convictions across health, social care, and community planning in Scotland such as:

  • Public health professionals; health improvement managers
  • Social work; social justice and family support services
  • Justice professionals (police, custody and community)
  • Community planning; community learning; and development services
  • Service managers (health, social care, justice and community planning)
  • Policy officers from across health, social care, justice and community planning


09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05    Session 1: Health and Justice: Improving Partnership Working

Understanding the policy context: Health and Justice Collaboration Improvement Board

  • Justice Vision for Scotland: 2017-18 Delivery Plan and looking ahead.
  • Current health demographics of Scotland’s offending population
  • Integration of health and social care, and the redesign of the community justice system in the future 

11:00    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Improving Health in Custody

  • Reflecting on Five Years On: Royal College of Nursing Scotland Review
  • Health in prisons – diet, fitness and mental health
  • Health implications for both high and low security prisons
  • How to provide effective services for those in high and low security settings
  • Dealing with trauma

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50    Session 3: Improving Health in Community Settings

  • Reducing offending, reducing inequalities: Achieving ‘better health, better lives’ in community settings
  • Ensuring effective transitions from custody to community
  • Effective community planning and ensuring effective health and social care management for people with criminal convictions in the community
  • Dealing with trauma (Tomorrow’s Women Glasgow)

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Central Edinburgh, venue details to be confirmed


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635

20 June 2018



Share this page