NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) seeks to commission a Lived Experience Service to work with and inform the National Women’s Prisons Health and Social Care Review.
The Review is a partnership between NHSEI and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), the purpose of which is to improve health and well-being outcomes for women in prison and upon their release, to reduce health inequalities and ensure equity of access to the full range of health and social care services across the women’s estate. It will achieve this through a better understanding of the current ability of, and challenges faced by, the women’s estate and prison health and social care services in delivering high quality care, treatment, and support of women in prison in England. It is a year long Review which is expected to report early 2022.
The contribution of women in prison and those with lived experience of imprisonment is crucial to ensuring that services are designed to effectively meet their need. Embedding the voice of women in prison into the review programme will allow the views, experiences, and concerns of women in prison to inform the findings and recommendations.
The main objective of the Lived Experience Service will be to ensure women in prison and those with lived experience of imprisonment are aware of the review programme, understand its aims and objectives and can effectively contribute and shape the plans and development of the programme, findings, and recommendations.
The Service must be independent from the health and social care service provision in the women’s prisons to enable the ability to act as an independent and critical friend.
The provider will be expected to develop and initiate a schedule of gender specific and trauma responsive engagement activities across the women’s estate over the life of the review programme and engage directly with women in prison on site as far as practicable within any security/COVID restraints.

All women’s prisons in England are in scope.

The National Women’s Prisons Review Programme is a scoping programme. The deliverables are being executed in stages. The schedule for each stage is approved by the programme board (National Women’s Prisons Review Group) following successful closure of the previous stage. The provider will therefore be expected to provide a flexible service and schedule to support programme delivery and adapt to changing demands and timelines.
The Contract is anticipated to commence on 1st June 2021 until 30th November 2021 in line with the timeline for the review programme. The Contract may be extended for any period up to a further six months. This is not guaranteed and will be dependent on several factors including whether the review programme itself is extended within the 6-month timescale tolerance.
The contract value is £40,000.
This procurement is being carried out by NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (SCW) on behalf of the Commissioners.