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.
A joint meeting on prisons and health was held in December 2017 with WHO, EMCDDA and PHE.
WHO HIPP have published The Conclusions of the WHO international meeting on prisons and health (2018) stating that prison health needs to be considered in all policies.