I am Carol and I'm a GP within HMP Huntercombe. Working within the prison system is different from normal general practice. I find this work to be very interesting; it’s a new challenge for me.
I have only started working for Care UK recently but I can already see the difference in the management. I have been a GP for 16 years. When I started out in general practice, I was a police surgeon. I enjoyed that side of things and was able persue my interest within a prison environment at Care UK.
There are smaller patient groups so we can get to know the patients better. The fact that we get to know the patients, we have longer appointment times, we can look into the social situation and psychosocial elements to their healthcare in more detail. So obviously, it’s a very different environment than the usual general practice. People are quite constrained in where they can go and in some instances, I can’t see patients on my own, I have to see them with a chaperone, but I don’t feel threatened in any way. I feel like it is a safe environment and there are always guards around. I guess that is the main difference.
I have only just started working at HMP Huntercombe but I will be doing my part 1 drug course which I will start in a couple of weeks’ time. And that is part theory and online training and part seminar. So I shall get that qualification quite soon.