Achieving Quality End-Of-Life Care Within the Prison Population: New Guidance

Anita Hayes, Tes Smith

  • Abstract

    Over 85,000 people are currently being held in prisons across England and Wales (Ministry of Justice, 2011; Berman, 2012), and this figure is expected to rise to nearly approximately 95,000 by 2017 (Ministry of Justice, 2011). The number of older prisoners is therefore expected to increase and predictions indicate that this will lead to more deaths from natural causes in prisons (HM Inspectorate of Prisons, 2008). The twin requirements of custody and care are recognised within the HM Prison Service with initiatives underway to improve health outcomes for offenders. However, the above double imperative can prove particularly demanding when it comes to delivering end-of-life care (EoLC) in prisons.

  • Contributors

    Anita Hayes, Tes Smith


    Correct at article publish date

    Anita Hayes, Deputy Director, and Tes Smith, Social Care Lead, National End of Life Care Programme, Leicester

    Original publishing information

    • Publisher: St Christopher's Hospice
    • Publish date: 01/01/2012
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue: 1

    Permissions: © 2015, Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to

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