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MSc Healthcare in Secure Environments

2 Years School Of Psychology Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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MSc Healthcare in Secure Environments is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners

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This MSc offers 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. This 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 facilitates completion while working in applied practice. The pattern of delivery will 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 means that there will be time for participants 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.

Health in the Justice Pathway
Contact Day – 19 January 2016 (Started)

Evidence Based Practice
Contact day – 20 January 2016 (Started)

Mental Health, Learning Disability and Wellbeing
Contact Day – 06 April 2016

Practical, Legal and Ethical Considerations
Contact Day – 07 April 2016

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 will be 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.

How You Are Assessed

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

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

Applicants should possess evidence of study at Level 6 (Honours Degree Level) 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 will be considered if they can demonstrate an ability to write academically at Masters Level.

This programme is pending revalidation following modification. It is expected that application will open early August 2015 and close 25 September 2015. If you would like to express an interest before applications open, please contact Bethany Robinson Benstead (Administrator) at

Key Contacts

Dr Paul Linsley
01522 837335

Bethany Robinson Benstead 01522 837412

Masters Level

Evidence Based Practice

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 enables professionals to develop the skills for undertaking the different steps of evidence based practice. Finally it prepares students to undertake a service improvement and innovation project.

Health in the Justice Pathway

This module introduces students to pathways through the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and the role that healthcare professionals play within the CJS. Students will 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

Building on their professional experience, students will 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 will 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

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 of this module is to develop critical reflection skills related to practice with both patients and staff.

Public Health

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 locus 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

This module explores theories and processes of innovation and change in health care. You will 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

Sexual Health: 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

The 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 training will enhance the assessment and case management of individuals with dual diagnosis and common and enduring mental health problems.

Suicide and Self Harm

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

People are living longer and the management of long term conditions is becoming an ever more pressing issue in secure environments. The module raises awareness of, and offers insight into, the management of long term conditions. This is achieved by looking at the social and political arenas that effect the management and services relating to long term condition management. It 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 facilitate part-time attendance.

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

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.