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Managing Covid-19 Symptoms in Prisons – Our Learning via NICE

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Hanham Secure Health is committed to shared learning, both within our own organisation and with the wider healthcare community. The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown brand new challenges at a healthcare sector that was already abundant in unique challenges and barriers; prison healthcare. We hope that by sharing our learning from the last 12 months, we will be able promote our work collective and collaborative approach to overcoming challenges with our fellow prison healthcare providers and the wider health community.

We are proud to announce that our shared learning regarding the management of COVID‑19 symptoms (including at the end of life) for patients in prisons has been published by NICE. Our appreciation and gratitude goes to Abi Bartlett, Head of Clinical Services, for writing this piece and for leading our clinical team through the pandemic.

Managing COVID symptoms (including at the end of life) in a prison setting – Implementing NG163

The purpose of NICE guideline NG163 is to provide recommendations for managing COVID‑19 symptoms for patients in the community, including at the end of life. The aim of this work was to apply this to the secure healthcare setting to ensure rapid and effective triaging of COVID-19 positive patients and to support appropriate stratification to implement effective management plans.

A system wide approach to develop a Single Treatment Escalation Plan (STEP) meant that the work within the prisons could dovetail into this. Collaboration ensured that the healthcare delivery within the prisons reflected the same care escalation plan as other healthcare colleagues across the system.

The key learning was that we needed to support our staff emotionally through this phase of learning and change in working. Resilience within the team needed to be supported. By distilling information and delivering it in easy-to-follow documents, and having training to reference, the team felt better supported and had the knowledge to apply to practice, if required.

Meet the Author:

Abi Bartlett, Head of Clinical Services