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Nursing in justice and forensic health care: Professional resources

Resources for nursing staff working in prisons, police custody and other forensic and justice secure care settings

Use this page to find more information on the professional resources that are available for nursing staff working in justice and forensic health care settings.


Ministry of Justice (2018) Female Offender Strategy. A female offender strategy for women in the criminal justice system.

NHS England (2018) Advice on actions for suspected ingestion of nicotine e-cigarette vaping liquid. This brief information is to support staff delivering care in health and justice settings. 

NHS England (2014) Guidance for the handling of Tramadol in health and justice residential sites. This guidance provides information on the handling of Tramadol as a result of changes in the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971).

NICE (2018)  Mental health of adults in contact with the criminal justice system. This quality standard covers recognising, assessing and managing mental health problems in adults (aged 18 and over) who are in contact with the criminal justice system.

NICE (2017) Physical health of people in prisons. This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing physical health problems of adults aged 18 years and older in prisons or young offender institutes. 

NICE (2016) Physical health of people in prison. This guideline covers assessing, diagnosing and managing physical health problems of people in prison. It aims to improve health and wellbeing in the prison population by promoting more coordinated care and more effective approaches to prescribing, dispensing and supervising medicines.

NICE (2013) Quality Standard for Self Harm. This quality standard covers the initial management of self-harm and the provision of longer-term support for children and young people (aged 8 to 18) and adults (aged 18 and over) who self-harm.

Royal College of General Practitioners. Equivalence of care in Secure Environments in the UK. Prison health is public health - an RCGP position statement on care in secure environments

Scottish Government (2017) Healthcare in prisons.This report by the Health and Sport Committee followed a short inquiry into healthcare in prisons. 

World Health Organization (2013) HIV prevention, treatment and care in prisons and other closed settings: A comprehensive package of interventions. This document aims to support countries in planning and implementing an effective response to HIV and AIDS in prisons and other closed settings.

Further resources

Journal of Forensic Nursing (2018). What does the implementation of peer care training in a U.K. prison reveal about prisoner engagement in peer care-giving? Stewart, Warren MA, PG Diploma, BSc(Hons), RN, PG Certificate 

National Prisoners Health Network. The National Prisoner Healthcare Network is a national network that aims to support the health inequalities agenda and reduce re-offending. 

Public Health England (2018) Police and public health innovation in practice: an overview of collaboration across England.

University of Oxford (2018) Safeguarding children when sentencing mothers. Oxford University has collaborated with the Prison Reform Trust to create new resources, including films and briefings, to help criminal justice professionals improve their understanding of the impacts of maternal imprisonment.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation guidance

This guidance supports the decision making process of when not to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in prisons and immigration removal centre (IRC).

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Page last updated - 16/09/2021