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West Midlands

HMP Stoke Heath

Service delivered in prison
HMP/YOI Stoke Heath is a closed Category C adult male and young offender institution, with a small Category D unit located in Shropshire. We deliver substance misuse (psychosocial and clinical) and employment services at this prison.

How we help

Substance misuse

We offer a range of psychosocial and clinical interventions to help clients address their substance use.

  • Case Management
    • Comprehensive assessment of needs
    • Needs-led care planning
    • Individual key working sessions
    • Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
    • Delivery of low-medium intensity psychosocial group workshops including Stepping Stones Drug and Alcohol
    • Relapse prevention
    • Release planning
  • Clinical interventions – medical interventions are provided by our clinical partners. Prescribing nurses/doctors offer treatments such as opiate substitution therapy (OST) and detoxification.
Further interventions
  • We deliver a range of holistic therapies including auricular acupuncture (acupuncture of the ears) and mindfulness sessions.

At Stoke Heath we take pride in our Health and Wellbeing Champion (HAWC) scheme, through which prison residents are trained to support the healthcare team and their peers with health-related concerns. Unlike at other sites, our HAWCs work across the entire healthcare provision, not just substance misuse. They have become embedded across the establishment and the success of the scheme has been recognised by the prison’s senior management team and external parties, including the Care Quality Commission (CQC).


During the induction process, our information, advice and guidance (IAG) advisors help residents to identify career types and roles best matched to their interests and skills. Based on this information, as well as their prior education, work experience, strengths and areas for development, we then devise an action plan tailored to each resident. We work through the action plan with them in a follow up one-to-one, either face-to-face or using the in-cell phone system.

Working alongside the New Futures Network and other partners, we support residents or learners with their job or apprenticeship search, CV preparation and applications. We also provide disclosure advice and interview practice for residents leaving prison.

Our IAG advisors work closely with other prison teams and our partners in the community to identify the right education courses, distance learning and workshops for our learners.

Our partners

At Stoke Heath, our Substance Misuse Team is part of an integrated healthcare service, together with our partners Shropshire Community Health Trust (prime provider) and North Staffordshire Combined Health Trust. We provide drug services within this wider healthcare model.

How to refer

Any prison resident can self-refer to the service and we accept referrals from third parties. If a staff member or third party refers a resident we will assess the resident if they agree to engage. All residents are seen as part of their induction.

Get in touch

Substance misuse

Call us: 01630 636391

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I now have the tools to move forward with my life and help others with their problems, which also helps my recovery.

Martyn P, Former Forward client Read Martyn’s story