What did they do?
The Focus Group had to be developed and delivered in a slightly different way to other Focus Groups. Prisoners would be unable to participate in online surveys or access emailed version of the NHS Long Term Plan. A different approach was required and this took the form of a facilitated conversation around the key themes and element of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Long Term Plan survey
Conclusions from Prison Healthcare Reps – Lindholme Prison
- Engaging with prisoners and prison healthcare reps about the wider NHS can be difficult – the health and care system in a prison is similar but different to the wider NHS. The experience of prisoners accessing health and care services is not always a positive one
- Mental health is an area of interest for improvement in prisons identified by prisoners and prisoner healthcare reps
- It has been identified that a discussion with the healthcare provider – Care UK – about the implementation and practicalities of the NHS Long Term Plan aspirations would be useful.