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This document  sets out the partnership agreement between the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, Public Health England, the Department of Health & Social Care, and NHS England.

A partnership agreement has been in place to support the commissioning and delivery of healthcare in English prisons since 2013.

This revised agreement adds the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health and Social Care to the original tripartite partnership - marking the establishment of an even stronger level of co-operation and cohesiveness between all of those who can impact on the policy, commissioning and delivery of health and social care services in both public and private sector prisons in England. It will remain a live document updated as required and routinely reviewed once a year. It is overseen by the National Prison Healthcare Board.

The National Partnership Agreement for Prison Healthcare in England sets out:

  • the defined roles of the five partners
  • our commitment to working together and sharing accountability for delivery through our linked governance structures
  • our core objectives and our priorities for 2018-21
  • how we are working together to improve our data and evidence so that we can better understand the health needs of people in custody and the quality of health and social care services delivered to people in prisons.


A workplan for 2018/19, outlining the details of the activities to deliver our priorities will shortly be published on the UK government website with an Equalities Statement, showing how the Partnership is adhering to the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).