This guideline covers assessing, diagnosing and managing physical health problems of people in prison.
Physical health of people in prison aims to improve health and wellbeing in the prison population by promoting more coordinated care and more effective approaches to prescribing, dispensing and supervising medicines. Recommendations on ongoing mental health care are included in NICE’s guideline on mental health of adults in contact with the criminal justice system, which published in February 2017.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- assessing a person’s health when they come into prison
- managing and supervising medicines
- promoting health and wellbeing in prison
- how to manage health emergencies and support people with rapidly deteriorating health
Who is it for?
- Practitioners and managers working in prisons or young offender institutions
- Providers of care and support to people in prisons or young offender institutions
- People in prisons or young offender institutions, and their families and carers.
Bradshaw R, Pordes BAJ, Trippier H, Kosky N, Pilling S, O’Brien F. The health of prisoners: summary of NICE guidance. BMJ. 2017; 356