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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.

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