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Delivering compassionate care in the criminal justice system

How do nurses care compassionately for someone locked up for violence, rape or murder? What if a prison nurse struggles to smile at the criminal with a chilling record? And what can be done to persuade the doubters in society that people in prison deserve the same level of care as those outside the prison gates?

How do nurses care compassionately for someone locked up for violence, rape or murder? What if a prison nurse struggles to smile at the criminal with a chilling record? And what can be done to persuade the doubters in society that people in prison deserve the same level of care as those outside the prison gates?

These and other challenges facing staff that deliver health care in the criminal justice system were explored at a one-day conference held in central London in July.

More than 200 delegates turned up at the event, ‘Compassion in health in the justice system: compassion, not judgement’, which was organised by NHS England. Delivering compassionate care amid the pressures of working in the prison environment was the dominant theme of the day.

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Keynote speaker Elizabeth Walsh, associate professor at the University of Leeds, pressed home the merits of clinical supervision

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