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RCN Scotland
Criminal Justice Nurse

Criminal justice nursing

in Scotland

Do you work with people who are in, or have been in, the criminal justice system in Scotland? If so, we want to hear your views.

November 2016 will mark five years since the responsibility for prison healthcare in Scotland transferred from the Scottish Prison Service to NHS Scotland. The change was driven by the need to improve equity of access to healthcare for people in prison, improve continuity of care for people when they enter or leave prison, to reduce health inequalities and to have a more sustainable service.

The Royal College of Nursing Scotland is taking time to assess how the transfer is helping deliver these aims. We are also looking at whether the nursing contribution to healthcare in prisons has been maximised. We aim to publish a report, including recommendations for the future, in November 2016.

Your views are really important to help shape our report and recommendations. You can get involved by:

  • Completing an online survey about your role and the healthcare needs of people in the criminal justice system in Scotland. Just click the link below.
  • Letting us know about a project or service initiative you are involved in, which is improving access to healthcare or improving health outcomes for people in the criminal justice system. Download the template below.
If you would like to find out more or to send in your case study then please contact Helen Malo, Policy Officer, at
Criminal Justice Survey

Criminal Justice Survey

Take the survey
Criminal Justice Case Study

Share examples of practice

Download the template