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Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is the provider of mental health, substance misuse and offender personality disorder services to custodial settings. All services are delivered in partnership with a number of different health providers and multiple agencies internally and externally.  We work closely with all agencies to support offenders during their time in custody and supporting them in the transition back in to the community.

Our high quality, responsive mental health services recognise the high level of mental health needs for offenders and offer a range of support, assessments and therapies from a variety of health professionals including forensic and adolescent psychiatry, clinical and forensic psychology, registered mental health and learning disability nurses, art therapists, IAPT and counselling services.

Our substance misuse services provide a range of clinical and psychosocial interventions to offenders at every point in the recovery journey.  We work closely in partnership, recognising offenders with substance misuse problems require a high level of multi-agency interventions to support their stabilisation and recovery.

"It's a safe environment for me to stay clean and learn from people who have been here for a while. You learn the tools to keep you clean and to be a productive member of society."

HMP Preston

Recovery Academy Hub

Through our Recovery Academy we provide a range of free educational courses and resources for prisoners with mental health and substance misuse problems. We have been developing the academy for over two years and now have over 2000 students registered with us. A prospectus of our recovery academy is available showing the full range of courses available as well as one of our satellite recovery academy initiatives at HMP Haverigg.

In the past two years Greater Manchester Mental Health is delighted to have been involved in the development of National Offender Personality Disorder Services (OPD) into three establishments in the north west of the country.  We deliver high quality services into a therapeutic community for men, a treatment service for women, and a new pathway service for women.  These services are co-commissioned services between NHS England and National Offender Management Service and aim to deliver two high level outcomes 1) Improving health and well being 2) Reducing re-offending.

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Mental health inreach team

The Mental Health Inreach Team (MHIT) is a specialist mental health service provided for the inmates of HMP Manchester based on the community model seen outside the prison.

The Team bring together the skills, knowledge and experience of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and a group worker, working in partnership with the healthcare staff of the prison inpatient unit and the discipline staff on the wings. Within the prison they provide the assessment and support people need to deal with the problems that can stem from mental ill health.

The MHIT use the Care Programme Approach (CPA) when working with prisoners, though the Care Co-ordinator role remains with the CMHT in the prisoner's home location. Liaison with other teams and services outside the prison is a key part of the MHIT service, including not only community mental health services in the prisoner's home location but also the Probation service and the Criminal Justice Liaison Team to ensure that there is a continuity of planning and care as people move in and out of prison.

The team provide the full range of nursing inputs available in other settings, including assessment, care planning, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, psycho-social interventions and medication.

A range of group work activities is also provided from the Day Care Centre operated by the team, covering anger management, social skills, recovery, and health promotion including mental and physical wellbeing. There is also a specialist group for older prisoners.

The team also provide a range of services which are more primary care in nature but which require secondary care level input due to the complexity and risk management issues that stem from the prison environment. These include triage and assessment of all prisoners identified as potentially having mental health problems at the screening process that all prisoners go through on entering the prison, mental health checks on all prisoners held in the segregation unit on a daily basis and special assessment of all high profile prisoners and those sentenced for particularly serious crimes.

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For more information about the mental health inreach team, please call: 0161 817 5930


Contact us

HMP Forest Bank
Forestbank Swinton
M27 8FB

Tel: 0161 925 7000

HMP Hindley
Gibson Street

Tel: 01942 663100

HMP New Hall
New Hall Way

Tel: 01924 803000

HMP Styal
Wilmslow Road

Tel: 01625 553000

HMP Haverigg
LA18 4NA

Tel: 01229 713000

HMP Garth
Ulnes Walton Lane
PR26 8NE

Tel: 01772 443300

HMP Wymott
Ulnes Walton Lane
PR26 8LW

Tel: 01772 444000   

HMP Risley

Tel: 01925 733000

HMP Thorncross
Arley Road

Tel: 01925 805100

HMP Manchester
Arley Road

Tel: 0161 357 1753

HMP Buckley Hall
Buckley Hall Road
OL12 9DP

Tel: 01706 514 444

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