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Archived: HMP Lincoln

This service was previously managed by a different provider - see old profile


Inspection carried out on 28 January 2014

During an inspection looking at part of the service

The reason for this visit was to check if improvements had been made in areas of respect and involvement and staffing levels following a previous inspection.

We found improvements had been made to ensure that people who used the service were treated with respect and their dignity was maintained as far as possible.

We saw staffing levels had been increased to help ensure the health and well-being of people who used the service was promoted.

Inspection carried out on 18, 19 November 2013

During a routine inspection

We co-ordinated our inspection of services provided by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with the H.M.Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP). Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provided primary health care services and mental health care. The substance misuse treatment service was contracted to another provider. Our inspection visit was announced and was carried out over two days and we focussed on the primary healthcare service.

We spoke with twelve people who used the service who told us they were happy with the service they received. One person said; "this is better than most places I have been to." Another person said, "most of the nurses are good, it is okay".� Another said; "the healthcare staff are brilliant." Some said there were delays in receiving appointments or treatment. We saw there had been some improvement in waiting times but there were still some delays. People said healthcare staff worked hard to make sure their care needs were met and we were told that most staff were attentive, helpful and appeared to be interested in making sure people's healthcare needs were met.

We found people's privacy and dignity were not respected.

We saw a health care centre had been newly created and it was separate to the residential facilities. It provided health promotion clinics and a GP surgery. We found people were protected against the risks associated with medicines because the provider had appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines.

We spoke with ten nursing staff who worked at the prison. They told us they enjoyed their work. They did say they felt supported by their line manager to carry out their role. We looked at the records for the service, including quality assurance audits, surveys, staff records, policies and training documents and found them to be up-to-date.

We found there were not enough qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet people's needs in a safe and timely way.

We found an effective complaints system was in place and complaints were thoroughly investigated.

Inspection carried out on 21 August 2012

During a routine inspection

One person we spoke with told us they had experienced difficulties in accessing specialist treatment due to the distances involved and transfer between prisons. We found the alternative appointments arranged by the local health practitioners were of an equivalent to allow ongoing treatment. Some concerns raised by health care staff was that information transfer could occasionally be delayed with prisoners transferring in from and out to other prisons. This was due to the access to information as not all prisons used the same computerised information system.