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MSc Healthcare in Secure Environments

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This MSc aims to offer a clear focus on the clinical and applied aspects of working within secure environments. The programme is practice-based and covers a range of areas and topics applicable to working within secure environments. The programme is tailored to address the training and support needs of medical and nursing staff, as well as allied health professionals, including psychologists and social workers, providing primary care input in secure settings.

How You Study

Modules are taught though a blended learning approach, with a one-day masterclass format and online forums, discussions and materials to facilitate attendance by working professionals. Standalone modules can also be taken as Continuing Professional Development.

The programme is focused on providing a flexible learning environment, which is designed to enable completion while working in applied practice. The pattern of delivery aims to be sufficiently flexible for the course to appeal to a wide range of individual clinicians working in a range of secure settings (prison, health etc). The use of intensive teaching is designed to ensure that there will be time for students to develop support networks, applicable both in terms of professional practice and programme completion. The programme is supported by online access to lecture material and related information.

You can also apply for each module as a standalone qualification. The application process is slightly different for this: please email and request a short course application form.

Modules are taught on a distance learning basis except for the first 2 contact days, however you will have fortnightly contact throughout via email and Blackboard and the opportunity to organise face-to-face tutorials. More information will be provided to applicants who gain a place.

Contact and Independent Study

Due to the nature of this programme the amount of contact time and expected level of independent study will vary depending on the individual modules taken and the individual needs of each student. Please contact the Professional Development Centre for more information: +44 (0)1522 837348

How You Are Assessed

Assessments are varied, ranging from exams, research proposals, research reports, case based assessments through to research presentations.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Interviews & Applicant Days

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their experience in this field of work, and their motivation to undertake the course in their application.

Should a selection process be required, due to high numbers of applications, applicants will be required to undertake a short academic writing exercise.

Entry Requirements

Honours degree or equivalent.

Applicants must currently be working within a Health in Justice setting or have previous experience of working in this environment.

Applicants without a degree may be considered if they can demonstrate an ability to write academically at Master's Level.

Key Contacts

Dr Adrian Carr
01522 88 6876

Bethany Robinson Benstead 01522 837412

Master's Level

Evidence Based Practice (Core)

This module aims to enable healthcare and other professionals who are working in secure environments to understand the five steps of evidence based practice: asking, accessing, appraising, applying and assessing evidence. It also looks to enable professionals to develop the skills in undertaking the different steps of evidence based practice. The module also aims to prepare students to undertake a service improvement and innovation project.

Health in the Justice Pathway (Core)

This module is designed to introduce students to pathways through the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and the role that healthcare professionals play within the CJS. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different routes though the CJS system from arrest to release. The module will cover the need to critically understand the roles dilemmas and challenges faced by different professionals working within the CJS.

Mental Health, Learning Disability and Wellbeing (Core)

Building on their professional experience, students have the chance to develop specialist knowledge and skills in the assessment, treatment and management of people with mental health problems, and/or learning disabilities in secure environments. Students are expected to consider current thinking and best practice in working with these client groups including the impact of current best practice guidance (e.g., BILD, DoH, MoJ, NICE).

Practical, Legal and Ethical Considerations (Core)

This module focuses on enabling qualified healthcare professionals to reflect on their pre-existing skills and augment them to enable the formation of ethical and effective relationships, managed with appropriate boundaries, with patients and staff in secure settings. The core idea behind this module is to develop critical reflection skills related to practice with both patients and staff.

Public Health (Core)

Recent years have seen a shift in the delivery of health care and the in the role of health care professionals. Two major factors can be identified as having influenced this change of focus. Firstly, the role of preventive health has gained increasing importance and, secondly, there has been a pararell shift in the focus of care with much more emphasis on working with the person to promote good health and wellbeing. The secure environment is no different. Public health is about affecting the wellbeing of entire populations.

Service Improvement and Innovation (Core)

This module explores theories and processes of innovation and change in health care. You will have the chance to develop innovative approaches and the necessary skills to critically assess options and deliver solutions to real world problems in contemporary health care organisations. You will be encouraged to use your own experience from clinical practice to inform discussion, enquiry, critical thinking and reflection.

Sexual Health (Core)

This module aims to provide a range of skills, knowledge and attitudes required to manage sexually transmitted infections (STIs), when delivering more specialised sexual health services in a primary care setting within a secure environment.

Substance Misuse (Core)

This module aims to provide practical skills in the assessment and management of acute alcohol withdrawal and the principles of supporting screening and structured brief interventions. The module is designed to enhance the assessment and case management of individuals with dual diagnosis and common and enduring mental health problems.

Suicide and Self Harm (Core)

This module aims to enable healthcare and other professionals who are working in secure environments to understand the complexities of self-harming behaviour and suicide and deliver appropriate treatment interventions based on sound assessment of need.

The Management of Long Term Conditions (Core)

This module aims to raise awareness of, and offers insight into, the management of long term conditions. Student have the opportunity to look at social and political arenas that effect the management and services relating to long term condition management. The module also examines specific disease areas and the relating clinical management of these conditions.


Individual modules can be taken as a form of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the delivery format is designed to enable part-time study.

Access to facilities within the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology including eye tracking facilities and physiological assessment with on-going collaborations with prison, hospital and community forensic services.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.