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National Vaccination in PPD workshop

On Thursday 14th March the Health and Justice teams at UKHSA and NHSE ran a national workshop focusing on vaccination in PPDs. We had a great turnout with around 50 participants attending from a variety of organisations including NHS trusts and those with lived experience. Among the expert speakers were Dr. Julie Yates, the head of vaccine operations at UKHSA and Femi Laryea-Adekimi from the Prison Reform Trust. The workshop highlighted the breadth of work currently ongoing at the UKHSA and NHSE and it was an opportunity to highlight the genuine desire each organisation has to engage with stakeholders, especially those with lived experience. Breakout rooms and subsequent discussions provided the opportunity for participants to share their experiences and bring ideas to the forefront of national conversations. Some examples of these fruitful discussions which UKHSA and NHSE look forward to progressing include:

  • The value of coproduction and how to nurture trust between individuals and organisations
  • How to communicate with different groups and how this may differ to communicating with the general population
  • Making every contact count
  • Increasing access to healthcare whilst in prison.

We hope that participants found the event enjoyable and informative, and we look forward to running similar events in the future.

Please keep an eye out for the subsequent full report as well as social media activity which will be posted via the below channels:

Home • WEPHREN (tghn.org)

X (twitter) - @RiseVac 


Measles- A webinar to update teams working in secure settings 

In the UK, there is a growing number of people who have no immunity to measles as they have not received two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. More recently, vaccination levels for MMR have fallen to the lowest level in a decade. Due to low vaccination uptake, there is a risk of measles outbreaks occurring in closed settings such as prisons and places of detention.

The aim of this webinar is to raise awareness of measles including the signs and symptoms, transmission, vaccination and the practical actions to take if someone has suspected or confirmed measles in a secure settings. This webinar was  delivered by UKHSA, with contributions from NHS England and HMPPS.


Research involving prisons webinar

This event organised by the Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (ISPUP) under the University of Porto, which aims to contribute to the development, application and dissemination of new knowledge in the field of public health, in order to improve and protect the health for all. Among other contributions, the webinar featured a presentation on the WHO Health in Prisons Programme. 

The webinar held on the 22nd January 2022 can be watched here



Workshop - Prison health at the time of COVID-19: the impact of response measures on health and healthcare for people in detention in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic calls on us to focus on the principle “prison health is public health” in order to protect the well-being of people in prison and the surrounding community, uphold equity and continuity of care whilst

keeping a secure and safe environment. WHO, University of Pisa, EMCDDA organised a workshop at the 14th European Public Health Conference 2021, ‘Public health futures in a changing world’, a virtual event that took place from 10 – 12 November 2021 https://ephconference.eu/. The workshop, ‘Prison health at the time of COVID-19: the impact of response measures on health and healthcare for people in detention in Europe’, examined COVID-19 prevention and control interventions implemented in prison settings across Europe, and analysed their impact on SARS-CoV2 transmission, mental health of people in prison, including drug use disorders and provision of health interventions. The presentations are provided below.

Mental health among people in prison at the time of COVID-19: all bad news? Emma Plugge

SARS-CoV2 vaccination roll-out in European prisons Lara Tavoschi

COVID-19 infections and prevention and control measures in European prisons Filipa Alves da Costa

Prisons, drugs and COVID-19:Early releases and continuity of care Sam Shirley-Beavan

Impact of COVID-19 on drug use and drug related interventions in European prisons Linda Montanari and Liesbeth Vandam

WHO Europe Webinar - Prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons: What have we learned? 21 July 2020 

The primary purpose of this webinar was to present the WHO interim guidance on preparedness, prevention and control of COVID 19 in prisons and other places of detention, highlighting its purpose, its main areas of applicability and most recent updates The webinar also shares differnt countries experiences gained from the pandemic and presents the surveillance system developed jointly by WHO/ECDC.

For more information and to watch a recording of the webinar, click here.

Justice Health Unit at The University of Melbourne webinar -  key challenges and sustainable responses to COVID-19 in prison, youth detention, and immigration detention settings. Speakers from WHO, ICRC, and UFSC in Brazil filmed on 8 July, 2020. 

ICPA Webinar - Staff Well-Being and Resilience in Correctional Environments

This webinar, filmed on 9th July 2020, explores the cumulative effects on staff working in correctional environments and how this is intensified during a pandemic. 

For more information and to watch a recording of the webinar, click here.   

A Seven Country Report on COVID-19 in prisons

On May 7, 2020  a discussion with leaders in Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Jamaica, Malawi, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago was recorded on the steps that have been and/or need to be taken to protect children and adults detained in police lockups, remand centres and correctional centres as the pandemic spread in their countries.



Conversations on Coronavirus - a series of short films from a national public health agency on active response to COVID-19 in prisons (Public Health England)

Public Health England's Health and Justice team give an insight into their work as a public health agency and the actions they are taking with partners to manage the outbreak of COVID-19 in prisons. 

Further videos in this series can be found here 

Simone Thorn Heathcock, Health & Justice Public Health Specialist, PHE London, speaks about responding to a pandemic


Find more information in this presentation about COVID-19 in prisons and other prescribed places of detention (PPDs) here


Welcome to the first WEPHREN webinar which took place on the 12th July 2019 to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of WEPHREN.

The webinar broadcasted the Alex Gatherer Memorial Lecture live from London, England and from the University of New Mexico in the USA. The theme for the webinar was involving people in prison in the development of prison health services and Professor Karla Thornton and her colleagues presented on the work they have done on identifying people with Hepatitis C and supporting their treatment and management using Project ECHO, as well as their innovative peer mentoring programme for health improvement.

The webinar was well attended and had a wide global audience, with participants from all continents across the world.

It was chaired by Sunita Sturup-Toft from the UK Collaborating Centre for the Health In Prisons Programme with presentations from Dr Eamonn O’Moore, Professor Karla Thornton, Daniel Rowan, Carissa McGee, Saul Hernandez and Dr Emma Plugge. Thanks go to Louise Southalan, current chair of the WEPHREN Steering Committee for fielding questions for the speakers and The Global Health Network for their ongoing support in developing WEPHREN as a community of practice.

Please listen to the presentation in the recording below. We would appreciate your feedback on the webinar and to hear any ideas for future sessions you have so please take a minute after watching the webinar to complete the short feedback survey in the link below or to email me any comments to wephren@phe.gov.uk

Feedback survey

During the webinar, there was an announcement that Northern Ireland is commencing its 3rd year of Project ECHO in September, looking at reducing self-harm and suicide in the prison setting by localised adaptation of the UK Alliance Towards Zero Suicide Strategy.

The Northern Ireland ECHO is an inter organisational network including people in custody promoting a whole prison approach to wellbeing and would like to invite other prisons around the world to join them, as Spokes, at our ECHO sessions (1.5hrs) monthly using Zoom.

The training and curriculum setting session for this year’s project is Friday 27th September in the morning. Any Spokes will need to have Zoom downloaded and a camera on their computer or use a tablet. The team in Northern Ireland can help with any IT issues before the training day.

If you are interested in participating please contact Dr Ruth Gray on Ruth.Gray@setrust.hscni.net


Prison health is an exciting and rewarding field; meet some of the people who work in it and find out why in #myprisonstory.

WEPHREN launched this new campaign for International Prisoners Day (Nelson Mandela Day) 18th July 2018. If you would like to share your #myprisonstory, use the hashtag on Twitter (remember to tag in @wephren) or email wephren@phe.gov.uk .

Whether its a tweet or a short video, we'd love to hear from you so that we can support each other and inspire others to join us.

Wephren and WHO HIPP UK

This vlog from the World Health Organisation's Health in Prisons Programme (WHO HIPP UK) Collaborating Centre will give you a flavour of the work happening to develop WEPHREN as well as some of the wider international work of the PHE National Health & Justice team.

October 2017

September 2017

Themed collection videos

 A collection of some of the videos from themed days relating to prison health. You can find more on our Themed Collections page.

Engaging Patients for Patient Safety 2023 

Engaging Patients for Patient Safety 2023 


World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day 2018

World Hepatitis Day 2019

International Youth Day

International Youth Day 2018

International Youth Day 2019

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day 2019