Support required for Prison Healthcare Service

The Prison Healthcare team needs additional temporary support over the next three months from registered nurses, pharmacy assistants and, in particular, healthcare support workers to cover a range of short shifts (7-10am, 7am-2pm, 5/6-9pm).

Recent substantial increases in the prisoner population in HMP Perth have created significant additional pressures and risks for the healthcare team which is driving forward a number of improvements to care delivery.

The main role would be to support medicines administration, therefore previous experience of prison healthcare is not essential.

All staff would receive Scottish Prison Service training including personal protection, radio, security and key training.

HCSWs or pharmacy assistants would receive training to undertake the role of competent witness in the administration of medicines.

If you or a member of your staff have previous experience in working in the Prison Healthcare environment, or work part time within NHS Tayside and could commit to working additional short shifts on a consistent basis over the next three months, please call Head of Nursing Dawn Wigley on 01738 458134 or 458118 or email dawnwigley@nhs.net.

The Prison Healthcare Service is part of Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership and provides healthcare to the residents of HMP Perth and HMP Castle Huntly.

The multidisciplinary healthcare team works across the two prison sites and has a designated health centre in each location. The health centres include GP administration teams, pharmacy, primary care, mental health, and substance misuse and enhanced addiction nursing teams who promote patient recovery and self management of conditions.

HMP Perth has approximately 700 prisoners with a turnover of around 3000 per year.

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