Patient and public involvement in prison health care
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Patient and public involvement in prison health care

Anne Cowman Prison patient and public involvement lead, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and visiting lecturer, school of healthcare, University of Leeds
Elizabeth Walsh Senior lecturer offender health, School of healthcare, University of Leeds and adjunct professor, school of nursing, University of Ottawa, Canada

Anne Cowman and Elizabeth Walsh discuss their experiences of building an effective user involvement system in a large, male-only, adult prison

This article discusses patient involvement in prison health care using an initiative developed and implemented at HM Prison Leeds. It explores the development of patient involvement in the NHS and increasing prisoner involvement in Her Majesty’s Prison Service in more general terms. It also reports on an evaluation of the prisoner patient involvement strategy at HM Prison Leeds and proposes a model of prison patient involvement dependent on trust, empowerment and awareness.

Primary Health Care. 23, 3,26-31. doi: 10.7748/phc2013.04.23.3.26.e792

Correspondence

annecowman@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 04 September 2012

Accepted: 23 October 2012