Northern Ireland has three prisons Magilligan, Maghaberry and Hydebank Wood College. In 2008 The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT) started providing the healthcare in all prison sites. There are 130 staff working throughout all healthcare disciplines.
Project Echo will create an opportunity to help build a community of practitioners providing best patient care, through sharing of best practice, Hub specialist advice and reflective learning. By enabling a multidisciplinary group of healthcare and prison staff to meet at each spoke, it will engender an integrated approach to patient care across specialities and health and justice. It will also enable a combined approach and a standardisation of best care across the three N.I. prison estates. The sessions will aim to build expertise in front line staff, and meet the need for specialty care in the prison population.
Multidisciplinary teams from other UK prisons acting as spokes in the ECHO project will be an innovative way to share best practice. It will enable a collective approach to problem solving in prison healthcare and broaden the knowledge of the Northern Ireland prison teams. This will be a platform for future collaborative research and education and if evaluated as beneficial to patients and staff be replicated in other prison settings.
From December to March, this ECHO network aims to provide teaching on the following four themes:
- Palliative Care
- Blood Borne Viruses
- Chronic Respiratory Diseases
- Sexual Health and Harm Reduction.