This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing physical health problems of adults aged 18 years and older in prisons or young offender institutes. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover:

  • people in immigration removal centres
  • people in police custody
  • NHS care provided for prisoners outside the prison service (for example in an acute hospital)
  • end of life care
  • dental management, other than self-care.

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