Offender Health

Drunk man assaulting bus

Screening for alcohol problems, using the Offender Assessment System (OASys) and a validated alcohol screening tool, such as the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), is quick. So are brief interventions. Both require minimal training. There is significant evidence that early detection and intervention is effective in reducing alcohol-related harm. (NOMS 2008)

PCT's are being encouraged to make strides in implementing "High Impact Changes (opens new window)" to impact on the rate of alcohol hospital admissions. This includes:

"Developing Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) (opens new window) in criminal justice by persuading the Crime Reduction Partnerships of the importance of IBA to delivering crime reduction and savings across the public sector".

Health Trainer pilot settings included prison settings in the Eastern Region and probation in Hampshire (Southampton and Portsmouth).

This project examined the treatment needs of alcohol misusing offenders within key Criminal Justice settings, namely, Probation, Prisons, Police, as well as other health and community settings, through a review available data and information in these areas in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.