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Praise for health trust

PUBLISHED: 10:57 14 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:41 25 August 2010

A MENTAL health trust s work with prison leavers has been highlighted as a centre of excellence in a government report.

A MENTAL health trust's work with prison leavers has been highlighted as a centre of excellence in a government report.

The Bracton Centre, part of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, was praised in Lord Bradley's government report on mentally-ill prisoners re-entering society.

The report noted the country's high re-offending rate and found many inmates were passing through the criminal justice system without their mental health needs being noticed.

John Enser, director of Bexley Mental Health and Prison Services, said: "If you can support and aid people back into society it is paramount to do so.

"We look at why people are re-offending and steer them away from it.

"I think we were noted because we a re willing to work in partnership with people like the probation services, the voluntary sector, the courts and housing associations.

"But to hit all our targets we would need additional funding."

The Bracton Centre serves adults in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham, with four 15 to 20-bed secure clinics, a women's secure unit and a pre-discharge accommodation.

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