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Personality disorder services in prison praised as ‘excellent’

An  accommodation block and training facilities at HMP Wayland.
 Photo: Angela Sharpe

An accommodation block and training facilities at HMP Wayland. Photo: Angela Sharpe

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Two services which support prisoners who have a personality disorder have been praised as excellent in an inspection report.

HMP Wayland Prison. Picture: Ian Burt HMP Wayland Prison. Picture: Ian Burt

The schemes which help prisoners at Wayland Prison and people referred from across the East of England and the Midlands, were cited as examples of good practice in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), after an inspection in June.

The assessment and treatment service, provided by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), identifies and treats prisoners who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder and the psychologically informed planned environment service (PIPE) provides support to prisoners after they have had treatment so they can progress to living in the community.

NSFT staff offer a variety of individual and group-based therapies to prisoners along with emotional enrichment and skills-based activities.

The services are the first of their kind in a male category C prison in the country.

Karl Williams, consultant counselling psychologist and service lead, said: “The comments made reflect the huge amount of hard work staff have invested. We work tirelessly to deliver the best possible service we can, often in very challenging environment.

“Partnership working between NSFT, HMP Wayland has been integral to the success of the service.

“Many of the people we have worked with have been able to progress from a secure prison to open prisons which have more relaxed security to prepare inmates for their release back into the community.”

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