Cygnet Health Care is a recognised supplier of secure services by NHS England. All prison referrals would ordinarily be gate kept by an NHS England case manager prior to admission to Cygnet facilities. Our Prison Transfer services provide a rapid assessment and turnaround programme for sub-MSU prison and court transfers.
These include the following
Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day. For prison referrals, assessment will take place at the prison by members of the multi-disciplinary team within 48 hours. The purpose of the assessment is to initially assess clinical risk for suitability for transfer to levels of low security. The results of the assessment will enable the team to make recommendations regarding placement and future treatment options within a timely manner, in line with the Bradley Report 2009.
Our speciality doctor will always attend the assessment and will provide a short assessment report making recommendations to the Ministry of Justice, who will balance the clinical presentation against security and political risks associated with the transfer along with a medical report from a section 12 approved prison psychiatrist. An alternative transfer request from a court under section 35 or 38 will be decided upon by the judge rather than the Ministry of Justice.
Commissioning for the healthcare of prisoners is the responsibility of the local authority where the prisoner is resident. If this information is unavailable or the prisoner is NFA, it resorts to the local authority where the alleged offence took place. Once the transfer of the prisoner has been agreed by the responsible mental health commissioner and IPPA forms received, a bed on the ward will be booked for receipt of the prison transfer service user.
During the period between assessment and admission, our clinical team will work with the prison in-reach team and responsible CMHT (if applicable) to source as much clinical and offence history as possible within the confines of data protection legislation. This will be important in formulating an accurate assessment of risk and presentation within the shortest period possible.
Possible disposal routes for service users following court may be: