Mental health bosses are not planning redundancies when Gloucester prison closes at the end of March.
Healthcare provided by 2gether NHS Foundation Trust (2gether) at HMP Gloucester will conclude at the end of March. This follows the announcement from the Ministry of Justice that HMP Gloucester will close at the same time.
Visiting healthcare staff at the prison for the last time, Richard Graham MP said: “I was delighted to see Marieanne Bubb-McGhee (Service Manager) and members of the Prison healthcare team again in HMP Gloucester last Friday.
“The last Inspector's report showed very clearly, the extraordinary human achievements of the healthcare team and how they are working with prisoners. I've seen glimpses over the years of how difficult this can be so the team should go out with real pride in what they've achieved”.
Shaun Clee, 2gether’s Chief Executive, said: “We are all extremely proud of our staff and the services we provide at HMP Gloucester. The team is dedicated, uniquely skilled and committed to their service users.”
In 2012, a report from the Care Quality Commission noted that 2gether’s Prison Healthcare Team met all essential quality and safety standards in the Prison. People responding to a recent Care Quality Commission survey ‘expressed a high level of satisfaction with the health services offered.’
Shaun Clee continued: “Throughout the recent uncertainty, at a personal level, prison healthcare colleagues have continued to make sure that our service users continue to receive the highest level of care and treatment. It is testimony to their dedication and professionalism that they remain helpful, co-operating and supportive to those around them, in extremely difficult times.
“Our aim is to make every effort to help maximize and retain valuable skills within the county and we are working alongside local health and social care colleagues to identify all suitable opportunities. Working together with union representatives, colleagues will be fully supported in their ongoing career choices.”
Richard Graham MP continued: “I'm delighted that the NHS family is rallying around and to help secure local jobs for members of this highly qualified and experienced team. That is exactly what the NHS in Gloucestershire should be doing and it was good to hear it was working well in practice.”
He concluded: “All good fortune to each member of the team. You may be split up and go different ways but I suspect all of you will remember your time at HMP Gloucester.”
A trust spokeswoman confirmed 47 of its staff work there currently. "We are working with our staff to find alternative employment both within the trust and in the local health community," she said. "We do not plan to make any redundancies."