Innovative mobile space increases access to healthcare for prisoners

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On Thursday 20 August, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH) and SAFE Innovations (SAFE) will launch ‘seedS’, an innovative space for prisoners at HMP Leeds to access healthcare.

Designed by SAFE in partnership with LCH and Stage One Creative Services, ‘seedS’ will provide a safe environment that can be moved around the HMP Leeds site, so prisoners will have easier access to physical and mental healthcare. Introducing ‘seedS’ into prison settings will help address the lack of space available, enable more services to be offered and improve attendance at appointments.

Dawn Jessop, Head of Health and Justice Healthcare at LCH, said: “It’s very exciting that we are able to launch ‘seedS’ and we hope it will be well received by our patients who have been involved in developing it. They have chosen to name this one ‘The Bubble’. Whilst inside, patients will be able to receive physical healthcare, get advice on leading a healthier lifestyle as well as speak confidentially to mental health professionals.

“We believe the mobility of ‘seedS’ will mean we are able to reach more patients and address some of the issues that are preventing prisoners from accessing healthcare. If this pilot goes well, we hope to roll ‘seedS’ out in other areas where we provide healthcare to patients in the health and justice system.”

Development of the ‘seedS’ began in 2013 and significant work has been carried out to ensure it provides a safe and confidential environment. Features of ‘seedS’ include:  

 

  • It is mobile and easy to assemble in any environment  
  • Its smooth internal surfaces meet infection control standards
  • It has sound and lighting features which let healthcare workers deliver more therapeutic treatment
  • Its security features ensure privacy and let healthcare workers exit safely and quickly if needed
  • And can accommodate up to four people at once.

Karl Lenton, Creative Director at SAFE, commented: “It is great for the team at SAFE to be delivering ‘seedS’ into HMP Leeds. Embracing contemporary technology and advanced fabrication processes ‘seedS’ creates new space on prison wings that is conducive to healing, which ultimately supports reducing reoffending.

“Delivering projects in complex environments is not easy, but working closely with like minded people from LCH, National Offender Management Service, The CASS School of Art, Architecture and Design (London Metropolitan University), Stage One Creative Services and the University of Leeds enables innovation that can improve outcomes for patients.”

Deputy Governor at HMP Leeds, Simon Walters, said: “ ‘SeedS’ at HMP Leeds will provide a unique place of tranquillity and calm for both prisoners and staff in a big and bustling Victorian local jail, once again demonstrating excellent partnership work between HMP Leeds and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

“‘SeedS’ will support interactions and provide a place where health providers can talk in confidence in a secure setting which promotes decency and  safety - 21st century technology being introduced  in a Victorian building from 1843."

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For media enquiries please contact:

Sarah Elwell

Communications Officer

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Tel: 0113 220 8514 Email: sarahelwell@nhs.net

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Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust provides a range of community services in Leeds for adults and children including community nursing, health visiting, physiotherapy, community dentistry, primary care mental health, smoking cessation and sexual health services. Visit www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk for more information.

Safe Innovations

Safe Innovations rethinks environments for vulnerable people. SAFE is an independent company. We work with the NHS, HM Prison, health and social care providers and patient groups to design high quality, cost effective health and wellbeing environments for offenders and vulnerable people. SAFE Innovations works with experts in multiple fields to deliver positive outcomes for individuals and communities. Special thanks for design development to Peter Shovlin.

The seedS project is the first step in our goal to redesign the penal system to make and grow safer and cohesive communities. Visit www.safeinnoff.com for more information.