Health and Justice
HSCIC is working to deliver a new integrated health IT system for the English criminal justice service. The new system will integrate health information systems across justice services and link to the wider NHS. Our Health and Justice Information Services (HJIS) team is supporting NHS England to deliver this.
Delivery of a national health and justice system is in three phases:
- residential – developing and delivering a replacement health system for the justice service's residential detention settings such as prisons, young offender institutes, secure training centres, secure children's homes and immigration removal centres
- temporary – providing a health system solution for police custody, courts and sexual assault referral centres
- integration – joining up IT systems across the criminal justice service
Through these services, NHS England will have access to the information and the intelligence to better manage the clinical, commercial and strategic operations of the NHS and its commissioned providers. This will in turn support NHS England's strategic objectives by improving access and quality of care across the criminal justice system. The aim is to offset a significant proportion of any funding pressure through efficiency gains at a national level, including eradicating dual payments to community GPs whilst a patient is in residential detention.
Procuring a new system
The current contract to provide a national clinical IT system for prisons is held by independent contractors TPP with their SystmOne Prison system and this comes to an end in 2016. Work is already underway to procure a new health and justice IT system.