High praise for prison’s healthcare in report

Prison healthcare services at Lewes Prison, provided by Sussex Partnership, have been praised in an inspection report from regulator the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors from the commission carried out a snap unannounced inspection. They found that the service was meeting all the quality standards and that people spoke highly of the services provided to prisoners by Trust staff.

Commenting on the report, Murray Kidgell, Head of Nursing and Quality for Sussex Partnership at HMP Lewes, said: “This is a testament to the commitment of the nursing and other staff who provide healthcare services at the prison.

“I am proud of the services they deliver and pleased at this recognition.”

Sussex Partnership is commissioned to provide health services at the prison which include a nurse-led service to meet prisoners’ general health needs, an in-patient unit, a specialist mental health team and clinical support to people who misuse substances.

The inspectors said: “Prison staff we spoke with described healthcare staff as ‘brilliant’. People we spoke with generally spoke positively about healthcare services and particularly about the nursing staff and healthcare assistants.

“The healthcare services were described by one person as ‘Spot on’.”

They found that people were able to get the healthcare they needed, and that there was good evidence of clinical supervision and training. Staff had the information they needed to plan and provide the right care for people, and that people’s health, safety and welfare were protected, for example when being treated outside the prison.

The report has been published by the Care Quality Commission on their website at http://www.cqc.org.uk/directory/rx2x9