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Many nurses working in UK prisons are being offered help to mentor offenders thanks to a new course called Navigating Health in Justice.

Many nurses working in UK prisons are being offered help to mentor offenders thanks to a new course called Navigating Health in Justice.

The Care UK and University of Lincoln course will be open to Care UK staff, including the 358 nurses who support detainees at the 22 young offender institutions and prisons where the company provides health care for the Ministry of Justice.

The course offers an introduction to working in health care in the criminal justice system. It examines the specific health needs of people in criminal justice settings, including women, life-sentence prisoners, foreign nationals and prisoners with disabilities (see box).

Public health issues in prison, such as communicable diseases.

Preparing prisoners for release in terms of their physical and mental health.

Management of long-term conditions, such as diabetes or anxiety.

Ensuring health while in prison, a session led by a serving prisoner.

The course helps nurses to mentor offenders so they take charge of their own health and plan for a successful rehabilitation once they are released.

Care UK provides health care in the justice system and the course is open to clinical staff such as doctors, nurses, therapists and pharmacists. Administrative staff can also participate to help them understand the patient’s journey.

Care UK believes that by improving the understanding of the issues prisoners face in the criminal justice system, it is possible to increase each individual’s chance of good physical and mental health, as well as increasing the prospects of a successful rehabilitation.

Jodi Schofield, project development manager at the Centre for Professional Development at the University of Lincoln, explains: ‘The induction course includes the core skills that healthcare team members need to deliver health services in the justice setting, while offering an opportunity to further themselves educationally. The partnership with Care UK ensures staff receive training that is relevant to the service and based on current research’.


Further information

Navigating Health in Justice course cpd@lincoln.ac.uk

RCN forum for nursing criminal justice services

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