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When Elizabeth Tysoe accepted a secondment in the prison service she had no idea what to expect.

When Elizabeth Tysoe accepted a secondment in the prison service she had no idea what to expect. More than a decade later she has received an OBE for her contribution to offender health, in recognition of the key role she has played in transforming prison nursing.

Ms Tysoe was working at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in Kent when she was offered a secondment as head of health care at HMP Woodhill, a category A male prison in Milton Keynes.

‘My first prison had a very forward-thinking and supportive governor. Nurses elsewhere were struggling to get changes made,’ Ms Tysoe says.

A breakthrough came in 2004 when responsibility for prison health services began to be handed over to the NHS. By this time, Ms Tysoe had been seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) where she became deputy and then head of health inspection.

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