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Styal Prison ( Cheshire & Wirral Partnership N.H.S. Trust) - HMPP 5

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Placement Title Styal Prison ( Cheshire & Wirral Partnership N.H.S. Trust) - HMPP 5
Your Placement Contact Karen Wagstaff - Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Send Email
Placement Address Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4HR
Placement City/Town: Wilmslow
Placement Phone 01625 553000
Placement Web Site
Your University Contact: Sean Welsh - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

  • Discussion of Placement Philosophy 
  • Introduction to staff & environment 
  • Introduction to Mentor/Assessor 
  • Security Awareness 
  • Orientation to the Prison 
  • Orientation to Prison Healthcare 
  • Fire Regulations 
  • Health & Safety Policies

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

Karen Wagstaff - R.M.N./E.N.B. 998/ E.N.B A74 Pat Pickford - R.M.N/ E.N.B.998/ D32,D33,D34 Shaun Duggan - R.M.N./E.N.B.998 

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7.45am - 3.15pm 


1.30pm - 9.30pm 


9.00pm - 8.00am 

Shift Notes:

Notes: The In-Reach Service presently works Monday-Friday (8.30am-4.30pm). 

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Mental Health In-Reach
  • Substance Misuse 
  • Mother & Baby
  • First Night Centre
  • Care & Separation
  • Mental Health Resource Centre

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The philosophy of care is service user focused & gender specific, non- discriminatory & based on effective multi- agency input recognising the differing needs of female prisoners. 

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

As part of the In-Reach team students will be encouraged to develop a collaborative approach, placing the needs of the service users who have severe & enduring mental illness at the centre of planning care. The aim of the team is to ensure that service users are given the highest standard of care, which is non-judgemental, client centred & evidence based. 

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

The service aims to support other disciplines by effecting timely assessment & care provision to service users that present with mental health needs. The team also provides liaison, consultation, support, & expert advice to other professionals & agencies involved in the ongoing care & treatment of mentally ill offenders through the Care Programme Approach. 

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Resource Room 
  • Varied Skill Mix of Staff

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

  • Provision of Mental Health Awareness training for all disciplines of staff within the prison in order to develop skills & competence when dealing with women who may be experiencing mental health problems. 
  • Development & implementation of the Clinical Governance Framework Compliance with NSF & NICE guidelines 
  • Ensuring that effective clinical audit process is implemented 
  • Development of outcome measures.

Spoke Placements

  • CARATS Team (Drug Misuse) - Counselling,
  • Assessment
  • Referrals
  • Advice
  • Throughcare
  • Probation
  • Chaplaincy- (Bereavement Issues)
  • Detox Team
  • Care
  • Separation
  • Rehabilitation Unit
  • First Night Centre
  • Mother & Baby Unit
  • Wing Based Healthcare Services i.e. Triangle Clinics 

Additional Information

The In Reach team service was commissioned in 2002 to provide mental health services to prisoners in H.M.P. Styal. These services are continually developing to provide a systematic approach to delivery of mental health care within Styal Prison that incorporates a multi-agency approach, particularly taking into consideration the needs of female prisoners. This includes the delivery of training & support to prison staff.