Public health in prisons and secure settings

Resources to track, treat and prevent single infections and outbreaks in prisons, secure settings and health services.

The Public Health Intelligence for Prisons and Secure Settings Service (PHIPS) works with National Offender Management Service (NOMS), NHS England and the Public Health England Centres to support healthcare staff within prisons and other secure settings in England.

Infection control in prisons and secure settings

  1. Flu vaccination in prisons in London: programme audit

    • Research and analysis
  2. Multi-agency contingency plan for disease outbreaks in prisons

    • Guidance
  3. Ebola: risk assessment in prison

    • Guidance
  4. Ebola: advice for immigration removal centres

    • Guidance
  5. Managing tuberculosis (TB) in prisons

    • Guidance
  6. Tuberculosis (TB): information for prison staff

    • Guidance
  7. Infection control in prisons and places of detention

    • Guidance
  8. Seasonal flu in the children and young people’s secure estate

    • Guidance
  9. Seasonal flu in prisons and detention centres in England: guidance for prison staff and healthcare professionals

    • Guidance
  10. Chickenpox and shingles: infection control in prisons and other places of detention

    • Guidance
  11. Measles in prison: vaccination and infection control for staff and prisoners

    • Guidance
  12. Infection Inside International

    • Correspondence

Reporting single incidents and outbreaks

Healthcare staff in prisons and other secure settings report single incidents and outbreaks to the health protection teams in PHE Centres.

Prison and secure settings health services

Prescribed places of detention: health needs assessment toolkits

Improving testing and treatment rates for bloodborne viruses


Five nations health and justice collaboration

In February 2014, the World Health Organisation Health in Prisons Programme Collaborating Centre (WHO HIPP CC) founded, with other member states, the ‘Five Nations’ Health & Justice Collaboration’ with England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Five Nations meetings provide a forum for discussion, debate and collaboration for health and justice partners in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Their work also informs the work of PHE in its role as the UK Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons (a partner of the WHO (European Region) Health in Prisons Programme) and facilitates sharing of best practice, mutual learning, and improved collective capability of health and justice partners in the Five Nations.

Published 27 May 2014
Last updated 28 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Health and social care needs assessments of the older prison population publication has been published.
  2. Added proceedings of the Copenhagen conference and 'Five Nations health & justice collaboration: psychoactive substances'.
  3. Added Health outcomes in prisons in England: a rapid review.
  4. Added proceedings from conference in Kyrgyzstan in October 2015.
  5. Added flu vaccination audit of London prisons.
  6. Added health needs assessment examples, and lessons learnt summary report.
  7. The 'Ebola: advice for immigration removal centres guidance' has been uploaded.
  8. First published.