22nd July 2005




The standard of healthcare services in prisons and detention centres is set to improve thanks to the introduction of a new Masters degree at the University of Lincoln.


The university’s School of Health and Social Care is continuing to expand and is now able to offer healthcare and other professionals the opportunity to study for an MSc in 'Primary Healthcare in Relation to Secure Environments'.


The new MSc is an innovative programme that has been developed with health and academic partners.


It provides education and training for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others operating in or in relation to secure environments including custodial settings such as prisons, remand centres and police cells but also non-custodial environments such as National Offender Management (NOM) services. 


The MSc, which will be mainly delivered by distance learning together with taught masterclasses at the university’s Brayford Pool campus, provides the opportunity for developing clinical excellence and professional growth as well as promoting a research culture alongside prison healthcare.


Significant emphasis is also placed on the development of life-long learning and equipping candidates for continuing professional development.


Visiting Chair in Primary Care, Professor Niroshan Siriwardena, said: “We are pleased that the School of Health and Social Care continues to expand through new and innovative programmes at both undergraduate level and postgraduate level.


“Development is also occurring through a significantly growing number of senior appointments at professorial level and through strong links with our partners in health and social services.”


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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