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Prison doctors, like nurses, will have been trained by the NHS. Once they have gained experience or shown particular aptitude towards working with prisoners they can be seconded by HM Prisons.
As with all medical professionals, their primary responsibility is to identify, diagnose and treat problems experienced by patients through a variety of examinations, tests, medical procedures and prescription of medication. It is also their job to ensure that the patient is fully aware of courses of treatment and procedures available to them so that they can play a role in, and have some control over, the care they receive.
Doctors who work in prisons have to be able to deal with a wide range of issues and to combat these must possess a variety of skills. Most doctors who work in prison will either specialise or have studied mental health issues due to the nature of some prisoners’ lifestyles and behaviour.
Prison doctors can be paid upwards of £100 an hour for their services. Most applications to be a prison doctor are interest led by the doctors themselves.