HMP Shotts health centre to host nurses’ careers event

Jan 13, 2023

A careers event showcasing the unique job opportunities for registered nurses and final year nursing students at Shotts prison is taking place next month (Wednesday, 15 February).

The event will give nurses the chance to visit the health centre at HMP Shotts and learn about multi-disciplinary teams working in prison healthcare. Registered nurses interested in the Band 5 positions will have the opportunity to meet some of the healthcare team including:

  • The prison’s deputy governor
  • Scottish Prison Service staff
  • The lead GP
  • Senior healthcare managers
  • Members of the multi-disciplinary team

Gwen Macintyre, senior nurse, Health & Social Care North Lanarkshire, said: “A career in prison healthcare is often one that most nurses wouldn’t even be aware of. However, we’re keen to highlight how fulfilling, and an opportunity for career advancement, this role can be.

“This nursing careers event is designed to give potential new recruits a real feeling for what a typical day would involve. It will also give them a chance to speak first-hand with some of the existing healthcare team at HMP Shotts.

“Nurses working in prisoner healthcare have a very varied working day which helps them develop a range of new skills. They play an important part in contributing to, and delivering, a comprehensive primary care service working closely with Mental Health and addiction colleagues.

“Our primary care staff are pivotal in working with the multi-disciplinary team to support new innovations in prisoner healthcare including chronic disease management for long-term conditions with advanced care clinics.

“Above all, It’s a real opportunity to use the breadth of their skills and knowledge while being part of a team providing assessment, evaluation and delivery of a range of interventions to manage prisoner healthcare needs.”

“While each day is different, a typical day can consist of administering medication, triaging and assisting patients, and working in nurse-led clinics.

Registered nurses and final year nursing students can learn more about the roles by emailing 

Spaces at the careers event are limited, so it’s important that anyone planning to attend contacts to secure a place.

The event runs from 1.30-3.30pm. On the day, those attending should report to the vestibule at the main entrance of the prison where they will be met by an NHS clinical nurse manager.

Please bring photographic Identification in the form of driving licence or passport. All electronic devices including mobile phones are prohibited. Lockers are available to store valuables if required (please remember to bring a pound coin if a locker is required).

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