Prison Mental Health Services

His Majesty’s Prisons Health Care Services


In October 2022, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust were commissioned to deliver the mental health services in four Thames Valley prisons:

  • HMP Bullingdon
  • HMP Grendon
  • HMP Huntercombe
  • HMP Springhill.

How we work

The services are operated by integrated mental health teams, which includes:

  • Mental health and learning disability nursing staff
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social workers
  • Psychology staff
  • Administrators.

Clinicians provide evidence-based interventions using the Stepped Care Model and a trauma informed approach.

This is across a wide variety of mental health conditions. Interventions range from self-care and social prescribing to complex risk management, and hospital transfers, in line with best practice guidance.

Prisons we support

HMP Bullingdon

Bullingdon Prison is a category B prison and operates as a local remand, and sentenced male establishment.

The prison has an operational capacity of 1100 and takes prisoners predominantly from Oxford, Reading and Aylesbury Crown courts and the Magistrates courts in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

HMP Grendon

HMP Grendon is a unique category B prison that is nationally recognised. It is based around a programme of group therapy called a ‘democratic therapeutic community’.

It has capacity for over 200 men across the wings, with a range of different offences. There is one wing dedicated to males with a learning disability.

HMP Huntercombe

HMP Huntercombe is a category C male prison with an operational capacity of 520 prisoners and one of only a few facilities in the country retained for the sole purpose of accommodating convicted foreign nationals.

The majority of people have between 3 and 36 months left to serve of their sentence.

There is close liaison with Home Office Immigration Team whilst the men are awaiting decisions around deportation.

HMP Springhill

HMP Springhill is a category D open prison situated next to HMP Grendon. There are approximately 500 men preparing for release into the community.

HMP Springhill was the first prison to be awarded the Enabling Environment award for the whole establishment.

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Page last reviewed: 13 March, 2024