This report summarises the results of an audit that has taken place across Health and Justice Commissioning services, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), and NHS England Specialised Commissioning to quantify the extent of prisoners waiting for assessment and for transfer and remission to and from mental health facilities (secure and non-secure services).

The report explores how many people have severe mental health needs in the pre transfer stages to a mental health hospital, the length of the assessment and transfer process, the profile of prisoners needing transfer to a mental health hospital, and the profile of secure hospital patients awaiting transfer back to prison.