University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications

Supporting Prison Nurses: an Action Research Approach to Education

Bennett, Clare, Perry, Jane and Lapworth, Tracy (2010) Supporting Prison Nurses: an Action Research Approach to Education. British Journal of Nursing, 19 (12). pp. 782-786. ISSN 0966-0461

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


Since April 2006, commissioning responsibility for healthcare services in public prisons has been fully devolved to NHS primary care trusts (PCTs), with the expectation that offenders will have access to the same range and quality of health services available to the wider population. In order to support prison nurses in meeting this goal, a PCT and university established a partnership, which used an action research approach to develop, instigate and evaluate a bespoke educational programme for nurses working in two local prisons. This article outlines the processes involved in the design and implementation of the programme. It also reports on findings from pre- and post-intervention questionnaires and focus groups with course participants, and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, which suggest that the innovation had a positive impact on the nurses' confidence, assertiveness, clinical expertise and approach to change. The article concludes that the action research project should continue, but its scope should now broaden to address educational support for healthcare assistants, collaborative learning between prison officers and prison nurses, and the implementation of clinical supervision and action learning sets.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information:

University of Worcester staff and students can access the full-text of this article via the Get it@UW service. External users should check availability with their local library or Interlibrary Requests Service.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: nursing, education, prisons
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Leonie Shuck
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2011 09:12
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:54

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
Worcester Research and Publications is powered by EPrints 3 which is developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. More information and software credits.