More than 17,000 prison officers trained in mental health
September 28, 2010
by Angela Hussain
More than 17,000 prison officers received mental health training from 2006-9.
The figure was revealed by former mental health 'tsar' Professor Louis Appleby in a report examining mental health care for prisoners.
Formerly the government's National Director for Mental
Health in England, Prof Appleby's new role is as the National Clinical Director
for Health and Criminal Justice.
The post's remit is to reduce mental illness in prisons and improve collaboration between mental health services and the criminal justice system.
The new document, which Prof Appleby co-authored, is entitled Prison mental health: vision and reality.
It aims to examine what has been
achieved in prison mental health over recent years.
It was produced by the Royal College of Nurses in collaboration with the Centre for Mental Health (formerly the Sainsbury Centre For Mental Health) and the crime reduction charity Nacro.
Read for yourself: Prison mental health: vision and reality
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