CQC carries out announced inspection at HMP Winchester

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust provides healthcare at HMP Winchester. On 17/18 February 2014 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected healthcare at the prison; it was an announced routine inspection.

The CQC is the regulator of health and social care services in England. All providers have a responsibility to ensure their services meet essential standards of quality and safety.

HMP Winchester was inspected on five targets and passed on four of these. The report contains some very positive reviews from patients about the prison healthcare service. According to the report, prisoners felt that individual healthcare staff treated them with respect. One prisoner says, “It is quite private and I get looked after alright ...I have a call bell and they do come if I need them". A recent survey carried out by CNWL showed a high level of confidence in the service being provided.


The CQC told that the mental health provisions expected were not currently included in the contractual arrangements between the provider and NHS England. CNWL will report back to the CQC by 25 April, setting out the actions to be taken to meet the standards. The CQC said this had a minor impact on the people who use the service and have requested actions are taken.


Claire Murdoch, Chief Executive CNWL, said, “This is great news.  It comes on the heels of the recent CQC report on HMP Woodhill. Thank you to all the staff who deliver the excellent service these reports highlight.  We will work together with commissioners to ensure we meet the final target”

CNWL also provides care at HMP Woodhill  in Milton Keynes.  The CQC made an unannounced visit to the prison and inspected the healthcare service. One service user told the inspectors: “Once I got here it was fantastic”, while another said the mental health nurses were “really good”.

The full inspector’s report.