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Modernising beyond the NHS: prison healthcare can benefittoo

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Modernisation is usually thought of as an NHS phenomenon but already its influence has spread. Here we outline the development of modernisation in prisons. From our experience of supporting a local prison in undertaking health needs assessment and developing its health improvement planning we have been able to observe modernisation beginning to work in prison healthcare and taking effect over a relatively short period of time. Although it is too early to provide conclusive evidence of direct benefits to prisoner-patients we have found some encouraging signs. Here we report on a brief survey of how prison healthcare staff currently view modernisation and its perceived benefits for patients, and discuss the need to initiate systematic robust evaluations of some of the small-scale initiatives that modernisation has generated. Keywords : health needs assessment, health planning, modernisation agenda, prison health


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Division of Psychological and Primary Care Medicine, The University of Hull, UK

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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