Spectrum CICs Health and Justice teams across two prison estates have received high commendations in multiple categories at this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards.
The HSJ Patient Safety Awards are designed to help drive improvements in culture and quality across the NHS services. The awards recognise and reward the hard-working teams and individuals who, in these times of austerity, pay restraints and workforce shortages, are striving to deliver improved patient care.
Nursing teams at HMP Styal and HMPYOI Deerbolt received high commendations in the following categories:
Primary Care Initiative of the Year: The Butterfly Project – HMP Styal
In April 2020, Nurses at HMP Styal created The Butterfly Project – an initiative which aims to increase the uptake of cervical screening amongst women in their care.
The project uses outreach, education, 1:1 work and peer support to change the culture surrounding screening and encouraging more women to take up the testing invite.
Spectrum also changed Reception processes in the prison so that screening was offered automatically and developed a ‘Butterfly Board’ where patients could leave feedback about their experiences.
As a result of this, cervical screening rates in Styal rose from 63% of eligible patients to 91% of women over 25.
Service User Engagement and Co-Production: Healthcare Champions Programme – HMPYOI Deerbolt
Also shining a light on prison healthcare were the team at HMPYOI Deerbolt and their Health Champions Programme.
The programme aims to support the young men in their care to undertake healthcare training and become Health ambassadors for their peers, as well as supporting health promotion and outreach. It provides valuable training and work experience for young offenders and benefits their future learning and career opportunities after leaving prison.
This project has now also been expanded to six other prisons in the North East region.
A huge congratulations to everyone involved across these fantastic projects!
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