NHS Forth Valley is responsible for the provision of healthcare for three national prisons. These are:
- HMP Glenochil
- HMP & YOI Cornton Vale
- HMP & YOI Polmont
Each of these prisons offer unique career opportunities in their own way due to their population and patient needs. We strive to deliver patient centred, safe and effective care to each individual.
Our aim is to mirror equity of services as with those delivered in the community from each health centre within our prisons.
Interested in working in prison healthcare?
There are lots of opportunities to develop a career in prison healthcare for nursing, AHP, medical and support staff. Details of current vacancies can be found on the jobs section of the NHS Forth Valley website. You can also find out more about working in prison healthcare and speak to some of the staff involved by calling 01786 434030.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the main things we deal with are: Acute and chronic wound management, Acute and long-term conditions, Medication administration. Our current age range is 16-86 years.
We deal with emergencies as first responders/emergencies, substance misuse, minor injuries/physical trauma/mental health crisis. Nurse led clinics are in place to assess patients with an array of issues.
Ongoing opportunities are available for continuing professional development. These are facilitated in-house, internal to NHS Forth Valley and external providers.
We have close links with Stirling University and are keen to encourage staff to undertake ACE, Non-Medical prescribing, and other relevant training such as long term conditions, to their role and registration.
There are many opportunities to take on degree/masters modules to further your practice; there is also opportunity to progress to management or in a clinical role for example specialist nurse or an ANP role.
The Health Centres have examination/consultation rooms, dental rooms, therapy rooms (used by physio, optician, podiatry, etc), 2 waiting rooms and storage rooms.
2 Prison officers work in the health centres and escort the patients who have appointments up to the waiting rooms.
We offer services such as Dental, sexual health/BBV, GP, Speech and Language, mental health/psychology/psychiatry, Nurse-Led Clinics, Podiatry, Optician, Healthcare Assistant (HCA) clinics. All of these clinics are overseen/organised by an amazing admin team.
Prison Nurses work autonomously a lot of the time but there is support from other nurses and the full MDT, working on your own initiative is as important as being able to work as part of the larger team.
There are no inpatient facilities/beds within any of the prison health centres and no provision for NHS nightshift.
This includes a range of identified training which we support you to complete within your first 12 months.
As part of your induction, you will be required to complete specific Scottish Prison Service training.