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Care UK receives 18 new prison contracts

New contracts to provide health services at 13 adult prisons, four young offenders’ institutes and an immigration detention centre have been awarded to Care UK

The contracts, which started on 1 April and will run until 2021, mean that Care UK is responsible for services including primary healthcare, mental healthcare, audiology, podiatry, physiotherapy, dentistry, optometry and pharmacy services.

Care UK already holds contracts for seven adult prisons and five young offenders’ institutes, and will now provide care at 18 more institutions, including Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre in Oxfordshire. The total number of establishments it provides healthcare in is now 30.

Ross Dowsett, deputy managing director for primary care and health in justice service director at Care UK, said: “Our priority is to deliver the highest standards of patient care and we’ll be working closely with our commissioners and partners to develop positive health and wellbeing for the people who we’re responsible for providing healthcare to.”

He added that Care UK has developed a special Wellbeing Approach to meet the specific difficulties of prison healthcare.

In total, Care UK will now provide care to more than 22,000 inmates, a quarter of the prison population.

Under another NHS prisons’ contract with The Phoenix Partnership, prisoners are allowed to register with general medical services.

New contracts from 1 April


  1. HMP Wormwood Scrubs


  1. HMP Bullingdon
  2. HMP Huntercombe
  3. Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre


  1. HMPYOI Drake Hall
  2. HMP Stafford
  3. HMYOI Werrington
  4. HMPYOI Swinfen Hall
  5. HMPYOI Brinsford
  6. HMP Featherstone


  1. HMP Hewell
  2. HMP Long Lartin
  3. HMP Oakwood

West Yorkshire

  1. HMP Leeds
  2. HMP Wakefield
  3. HMP Wealstun

East Midlands

  1. HMP Foston Hall
  2. HMP Sudbury

Contracts re-commissioned from 1 April


  1. HMYOI Aylesbury
  2. HMP Grendon
  3. HMP Spring Hill

Existing contracts


  1. HMP Dovegate


  1. HMP Brixton
  2. HMYOI Feltham
  3. HMP Pentonville


  1. HMP Highpoint
  2. HMPYOI Hollesley Bay
  3. HMPYOI Warren Hill


  1. HMPYOI Chelmsford

Isle of Wight

  1. HMP Isle of Wight

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Insider   12/05/2017 at 11:37

I have worked for CAREUK in the past as agency nurse, they are a terrible organisation and running these services with very dangerous staffing levels and complete hardly any pre employment checks on agency staff - also Agency Staff are forced to work for an agency called "Health Care Solutions" an agency run by a women who ran No1 Recruitment which went in to administration in 2015. Health Care Solutions only started up last year and the directors of CAREUK force agency staff to work and transfer through them because Health Care Solutions pay them backhanders and they have a intimate relationship with each other. This agency also have a family connection with CAREUK. No wonder so much trouble is caused in the prisons and there are so many deaths, agency staff do minimal pre-employment / safeguarding/ training checks before they start work (I only gave the agency my passport and NMC pin and was told i can start work). Also agency nurses are paid " bonus's" to transfer from there normal agency.

Anon   02/03/2018 at 16:32

Care UK employ fraudulent nurses from other prisons without even checking their backgrounds! It's awful. No worse than G4S though - none of these companies give a shit. The information I know about a current senior nurse they have employed is shocking - no way she should be allowed around vulnerable patients. Corrupt to the core!

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