Award winning prison project is made into a short documentary
31 March 2015
An award winning project addressing health inequalities in respiratory care, within a prison setting, has been made into a short documentary to help others.
In 2011 Dr Julie MacInnes and Sonia Page, from the School of Nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University, were invited to supervise a pulmonary rehabilitation project at Maidstone Prison in collaboration with Nurse Nina Turner, from Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Helen Jefford, Specialist Physiotherapist with Oxleas and fitness instructors from Maidstone Prison.
The project, the brainchild of Nina Turner, focused on addressing inequality in the diagnosis and management of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in a prison setting and demonstrated that pulmonary rehabilitation can be provided in prisons safely and effectively.
The team won a prestigious Nursing Times Award for innovative practice (respiratory care category) in October 2013 with the judges commending the team for addressing health inequalities in a vulnerable patient group and for their collaborative team working approach.
View the documentary.