Healthcare in Secure Environments

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The Royal College of General Practitioners Secure Environments Group is committed to delivering health care of the highest possible standard to people journeying through the criminal justice system, from the community into secure and detained settings and back.

Working in secure environments such as prisons, secure hospitals, secure training centres young offender institutions and immigration removal centres presents unique challenges. Our resources provide guidance for GPs and primary care teams working in this area.


New and forthcoming work:

  • Spotlight Project and Toolkit (Under construction – 2020)
  • Prison Emergency Training (awaiting RCGP accreditation)

Group outputs

Key activities and resources include:

The Annual Health and Justice Summit

This is a two-day learning (CPD) and networking event for primary care staff working in secure environments. This is a unique event which has grown in popularity over the past decade and provides an opportunity for networking and relevant CPD and workshops.

Previous Health Justice Summits

  • First H&JS 2010: Increasing hope; reducing risk: Making drug treatment work across prisons and in wider secure environments
  • Second H&JS: Offender health - Who cares, who commissions, how do we make it better?
  • Third H&JS 2013 : The wider determinants of health and justice
  • Fourth H&JS 2016: Improving patient experience in secure environment healthcare
  • Fifth H&JS 2017: Aging well in secure environments
  • Sixth H&JS January 2019: Safety through continuity
  • Seven H&JS November 2019: Journeys through justice – leadership and transformation

Contact us

To get more information about the Secure Environment group, or contact your regional representative, please contact the Support Officer, Lucille Pope (Secretariat)

Telephone: 020 3188 7536


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