Community of Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care in Prisons

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Are you a Macmillan palliative care specialist nurse or doctor in-reaching at a prison or secure premises? Or do you want to set up a specialist palliative care in-reach service for prisons or secure premises?

If you can answer yes to either of these questions you should think about joining the Macmillan community of practice for health and justice. The aim of this group is to improve the knowledge and skills of staff working within this area by sharing best practice and the on-going difficulties we can all experience.

By working together we can support NHS England, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and Her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS) and private providers to improve palliative and end of life for people within the justice system.

On the 6th of July, 2016, we are running an event with the aim of developing a multidisciplinary network of professionals or Community of Practice, who share the common responsibility of delivering palliative and end of life care to dying prisoners in a custodial environment.

This event provides the opportunity to share good practice between establishments and to identify the challenges presented by foreseeable deaths in custody and how these can be managed by multidisciplinary teams to deliver high quality palliative and end of life care.

The number of natural causes deaths in custody have increased year on year since 2012 and this will remain a significant issue for the prison service and healthcare delivery as the aged prison population grows.

The event is free and is appropriate for:

  • Macmillan Teams working into prisons,
  • Governing Governors/Deputy Governors,
  • Safer Custody Leads,
  • Family Liaison Officers,
  • Commissioner,
  • Heads of Healthcare and
  • Clinical Leads.

Presentations will be delivered from National End of Life Care Leads and the Prison and Probation Ombudsman.

Please save the date - 6th of July, 2016 - and contact Gill Scott Macmillan Palliative Care Lead North East Prisons ( for further information or to express an interest in attending one of these events.

A second event running a similar programme will be held in London on the 13th of October, 2016, with the venue to be confirmed.