Healthcare information for Glen Parva Prison

Care and support is provided by a multidisciplinary healthcare team with 24 hour nursing cover. Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT is now responsible for the commissioning of healthcare at Glen Parva.

Glen Parva provides a wide range of Mental and Physical Healthcare services available to all prisoners on a needs basis.

Each prisoner is seen on arrival at Glen Parva for a basic health needs consultation, any health needs identified will be dealt with or referred on at this time. Each prisoner takes part in an information session during their induction which explains the services available from healthcare during their time with us, and how they can access them.

All prisoners are offered routine screening for Chlamydia as part of the national screening programme for under 25 year olds, and vaccination for Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Meningitis C etc dependent on their previous history of vaccination to the UK schedules.

Those prisoners identified as needing prescribed medication in the community will be referred to the GP, to continue this medication, and be reviewed regularly to ascertain effectiveness and further need. Those prisoners with long term condition, such as asthma, epilepsy, sickle cell etc are also identified, and appropriate care and interventions planned with the prisoner.

Prisoners can self refer at any time during their stay if they have further health needs or are unwell, prisoner can self certificate illness for up to 24 hours or be seen more urgently dependent on their illness.

The following services are available to all prisoners:

  • Nurse triage
  • Mental Health Clinics
  • GP
  • Dentist
  • Optician
  • Well man checks
  • Vaccinations
  • Sexual health clinic/ GUM
  • Prisoners also have access to physiotherapy if necessary, this referral will be actioned either by a nurse or GP following assessment.

Most self referrals will initially see a nurse for assessment of urgency in order to prioritise waiting lists and clinic appointments, and there are a number of nurse led clinics currently running within the department.

Prisoner who have acute health needs requiring secondary care interventions are referred to the local hospital by the GP service or other clinician as appropriate, in the case of emergencies referral may be by a registered nurse to the Accident and Emergency Department following initial assessment.

At the point where a prisoner is due to be released from the establishment, the nurse responsible for the prisoners care during their stay will review the prisoners health interventions and provide a summary of care to the prisoners usual GP, as well as ensuring that medicines are available to take home if appropriate.

The Primary Mental Health Team follow a philosophy of social inclusion within the prison environment. The overall aim is to maintain a prisoners mental well being, while giving them access to the full prison regime. This is achieved through an outreach model, where prisoners are supported in their daily lives by appropriately qualified nursing staff, who will visit them in their individual places of work, and residential units.

All prisoners who have contact with the Primary Mental Health Team are assessed for access to Therapeutic Day Care, where they can access groups to help with anger and anxiety issues, social skill deficits, and learning needs through links with the education department. Prisoners are provided with therapies such as CBT to help them cope with common mental health problems through the duration of their detention. The team consists of specialist nurses in mental health and learning disability, who are supported by Clinical Support Workers with a wide range of experience in specialist areas.

The Primary Mental Health Team is also supported by Northamptonshire Mental Health Trust, who provides secondary mental health input for patients with severe and enduring Mental Health needs.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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