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HM Inspectorate of Prisons: Report on HMP Greenock - February 2006



12.1 All prisoners arriving in the prison should be located in the part of the hall set aside to deal with them (paragraph 2.6).

12.2 The telephones in Ailsa Hall should be fitted with canopies to reduce background noise and provide privacy (paragraph 2.7).

12.3 The cells in Ailsa Hall should be redecorated (paragraphs 2.9 and 9.2).

12.4 Prisoners in Ailsa Hall should be able to attend work and have a period of access to the open air (paragraph 2.10).

12.5 Consideration should be given to transferring young adult remand prisoners to a more appropriate location (paragraph 2.12).

12.6 The library arrangements should be reviewed (paragraphs 2.22 and 7.5).

12.7 SPS should ensure that a robust system of supervision is in place in Segregation Units which have no staff present (paragraph 2.27).

12.8 Beds should be fitted, and toilets screened, in the cells in the Segregation Unit (paragraph 2.28).

12.9 All prisoner complaints should be recorded on the SPS Prisoner Records System (paragraph 3.7).

12.10 A formal monitoring system of Orderly Room procedures should be set up (paragraph 3.9).

12.11 The night shift instructions should be updated (paragraph 3.11).

12.12 Prisoners in Ailsa Hall who are prescribed methadone should have enough time to collect their medication and have breakfast before going to work (paragraph 4.10).

12.13 The timing of routine inter-prison escorts should be examined (paragraph 5.8).

12.14 Community Integration Plans should be reviewed on a regular basis (paragraph 5.16).

12.15 A structured pre-release programme should be introduced (paragraph 5.16).

12.16 Prior to arrival in Chrisswell House, all prisoners should have a risk and needs assessment carried out by the sending establishment (paragraph 5.19).

12.17 The content of the post Special Escorted Leave Reports should be improved (paragraph 5.27).

12.18 Medical case notes should not block one of the corridors in the Health Centre (paragraph 6.1).

12.19 Emergency healthcare provision should be available in the halls (paragraph 6.4).

12.20 Nurses should stay in the room during a prisoner's consultation with the doctor only if there are good clinical or safety reasons for doing so (paragraph 6.6).

12.21 The lack of development in nurse-led clinics should be addressed and nurses should have appropriate training (paragraph 6.7).

12.22 The lack of audit/quality assurance in healthcare should be addressed (paragraph 6.7).

12.23 The Royal College of Nursing learning representative should be utilised more fully (paragraph 6.7).

12.24 The uncertainty about the number of hours which the doctor was spending in the prison should be cleared up (paragraph 6.9).

12.25 Medical cover should be provided when the doctors are on annual leave (paragraph 6.9).

12.26 The practice of sending prisoners direct to hospital without examination when the doctor is called 'out of hours' should be reviewed (paragraph 6.10).

12.27 Three-monthly reviews of medication prescriptions should be carried out (paragraph 6.10).

12.28 Chronic illness management should be formalised (paragraph 6.10).

12.29 Learning, Skills and Employability provision should develop a strategic vision to promote communication and collaboration (paragraphs 7.2 and 7.15).

12.30 The space for vocational workshops should be increased to allow more prisoner participation (paragraph 7.3).

12.31 A rigorous system of allocating and monitoring LSE activities to ensure good attendance at learning centre programmes should be introduced (paragraph 7.6).

12.32 The prison should continue to increase the range and breadth of accredited opportunities (paragraph 7.14).

12.33 The prison should develop ways of celebrating success and recognising achievement in LSE provision (paragraph 7.14).

12.34 A quality assurance system to ensure continuous improvement of teaching and the learning experience should be introduced (paragraph 7.17).

12.35 The prison should develop a system of noting and monitoring requests made to the Family Contact Development Officers by visitors and the action taken in response to such requests (paragraph 8.1).

12.36 The prison should continue to run the family awareness sessions and be proactive in advertising them (paragraph 8.4).

12.37 The Race Relations Monitoring Group should be reinvigorated and should meet on a regular basis (paragraph 8.24).

12.38 A system should be put in place which can quickly identify the number of ethnic minority and foreign national prisoners being held, and where they are being held in the prison (paragraph 8.25).

12.39 The chaplains should be proactive in examining the reasons for the poor attendance at Sunday services, particularly from Darroch Hall (paragraph 8.29).

12.40 A clear system should be identified to ensure cereal is issued to those prisoners in Ailsa Hall who want it (paragraph 9.20).

12.41 Prisoners working in the laundry should be offered the opportunity to study for the Guild of Cleaners and Launderers qualification (paragraph 9.25).