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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

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