Care control and collaborative working in a prison hospital

Foster, John, Bell, Linda and Jayasinghe, Neil (2013) Care control and collaborative working in a prison hospital. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 27 (2). pp. 184-190. ISSN 1356-1820

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Abstract

This paper reports findings from a qualitative research project, using interviews, focus groups and participant observations, which sought to investigate “good practice” in a nurse-led prison hospital wing for male prisoners. The study raised issues about tensions between “caring” and “control” of prisoners from the perspectives of professionals working or visiting the wing. This paper discusses collaborative working between professionals from different backgrounds, including nurses and healthcare (prison) officers who were based on the wing and others who visited such as probation, medical, Inreach team or Counselling Advice, Referral, Assessment and Through Care team staff (CARAT). The key finding was that there is a balance between therapy and security/risk. In order to maintain this, the two main groups based on the hospital wing – nurses and prison officers – moved between at times cooperating, coordinating and collaborating with each other to maintain this balance. Other themes were care and control, team working, individual and professional responsibilities and communication issues. Enhancing the role of nurses should be encouraged so that therapy remains paramount, and we conclude with some recommendations to encourage collaborative working in prison healthcare settings to ensure that therapy continues to be paramount while security and safety are maintained.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 10596
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Depositing User: Linda Bell
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 07:30
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:26
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10596

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