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Prison Healthcare

Offender Health Care is provided by City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) across HMP Hull and HMP Humber.  The key objectives of offender healthcare include taking an integrated approach to meeting health needs, improving the health of the most vulnerable and reducing health inequalities, supporting rehabilitation and the move to a pathway of recovery, reducing Harm and reducing deaths in custody and continuity of care.

The healthcare team are committed to delivering a healthcare service comparable to a standard of care delivered within the community and comprises of primary care, urgent care, primary and secondary mental health care and drugs and alcohol service. The teams include a multi-disciplinary approach to health and wellbeing including medical, nursing, occupational therapy and social care. The healthcare provision (inclusive of primary, mental health and DART) is managed by the Operational Manager. 

The healthcare team at HMP Hull includes the following services to meet the prisoners healthcare needs:

  • Primary Health Care
  • Drug & Alcohol Recovery
  • Dental Services
  • Optometry
  • Social Care
  • Mental Health & Learning Disabilities
  • Pharmacy
  • Sexual Health
  • Health Promotion
  • General Practitioners
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry

Prison Healthcare is proactive in the area of continuity of care on discharge from prison in all areas of health.  Prison Healthcare offers a comprehensive handover to the receiving prison’s Health Care team, ensuring all those transferred have their medication and any follow up appointments are re-scheduled with the receiving prison’s healthcare provider. 

As part of the planned primary health care at HMP Hull interventions include chronic disease and Long Term Condition Management, Minor wound care, Health promotion, Phlebotomy and Facilitation of national screening programmes including NHS health checks, bowel cancer and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening.

Unplanned care delivered includes triage of minor injuries and illnesses and utilisation of patient group directions (PGD) to optimise patients access to healthcare. Responding to emergencies is a key element which includes accidents, clinical incidents such as transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs), cardiovascular accidents, and self harm incidents.

Mental health services are delivered as a stepped care model, delivering an evidence based specialist support to address mental health, personality disorder and individuals with learning disabilities. The Secondary mental health component will offer intervention and support to prisoners who have a confirmed history of severe and enduring mental illness who currently or historically under the care of a CMHT or specialist mental health service.

This includes screening, assessment, and person centred care planning to identify and undertake necessary treatment. The ultimate focus of the mental health team is reducing harm, promoting recovery and rehabilitation.

Treatment and care plans are regularly reviewed to ensure that suitable psychosocial and clinical intervention is undertaken, as well as ensuring release planning such as CPA (Care Programme Approach) is completed prior to release.

Psychosocial interventions from a mental health perspective mainly incorporate one to one and self-help interventions. However group interventions have been developed and now include Positive mental Health Promotion groups, anxiety and depression groups and distraction groups.

Furthermore the mental health team facilitate timely transfer of service users requiring treatment under the Mental Health Act in a secure hospital.