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Nursing in Justice and Forensic Health

The guide is designed primarily for nurses, health care assistants and other health care practitioners who are working in, or want to work in, health care in criminal justice service (CJS) providing care to people in a broad range of environments, from police custody to high security prisons. Forensic nurses work in caring for people with mental illnesses who have committed a criminal offence and are receiving services in the community or secure settings. Use this guide to find information resources about forensic nursing including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 21/10/2017

Key Resources

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales: Annual Report 2014-15.
Pathways from crime (T2A).
Prison Reform Trust: Bromley Briefings
Prison Reform Trust – Doing time: Good practice with older people in prison – the views of prison staff.
Prison Reform Trust: Making the difference (briefing paper) 2013.
Prison Reform Trust: Too little too late.
We would like to thank the RCN Nursing in Justice and Forensic Health Care member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Betts N (2015) Equal access, equal care: guidance for prison healthcare staff treating patients with learning disabilities, London: NHS England.
  Carnwell R and Buchanan J (2009) Effective practice in health, social care and criminal justice, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Carnwell R and Buchanan J (2009) Effective practice in health, social care and criminal justice, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Gates B (2015) Learning disability nursing at a glance, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. Gates B (2015) Learning disability nursing at a glance, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Norman A (2014) Nursing in criminal justice services, Keswick: M and K Publishing. Norman A (2014) Nursing in criminal justice services, Keswick: M and K Publishing.
Prison Reform Trust (2014) Bromley briefings: prison factfile, London: Prison Reform Trust
Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales (2013) Learning from PPO investigations: end of life care, London: Prison and Probation Ombudsman.
Pycroft A (2013) Risk and rehabilitation: management and substance misuse and mental health problems in the criminal justice system, Bristol: Policy Press Pycroft A (2013) Risk and rehabilitation: management and substance misuse and mental health problems in the criminal justice system, Bristol: Policy Press
Royal College of Nursing (2014) Nursing in the criminal justice system (DVD), London: Royal College of Nursing.
Rose J (2014) Working with young people in secure accommodation: from chaos to culture, Hove: Routledge

Book subject searches

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Journal articles

Journals

Journals of interest for nursing in criminal justice services. Use these links to see details of availability.

Nursing History Collection

Institutions of Confinement Hospitals, Asylums and Prisons in Western Europe and North America, 1500-1950 Finzsch N and R Jutte (2003)  Institutions of confinement hospitals, asylums and prisons in Western Europe and North America, 1500-1950, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Special collections

Our Permanent Collection consists of nursing specific core items and rare items, and as such is viewable by appointment only. Here is a small selection of items from our collection.
NACRO (1975) Health visitors and the prevention of crime, London: Barry Rose.
Rowe J (1927) John Howard: prison reformer and philanthropist, London: The Epworth Press.
Smalley H (1902) Prison hospital nursing: being a manual of first aid and nursing for the prison hospital staff, London: HMSO.

Historical journals

Nursing Record/British Journal of Nursing (1888-1956)
  • Digitised journal available online.
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  • Article: (no author) (1922) Editorial: HM Prison Nursing Service, British Journal of Nursing, 25 Feb, p.111.
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  • Article: (no author) (1925) Lecture on prision nursing, British Journal of Nursing: Royal British Nurses Association supplement, November, p.234-235.
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  • Article: (no author) (1909) The Elizabeth Fry League, British Journal of Nursing, 18 December, p.495-496.
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