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.
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