Since its foundation in 1997, the Spanish Society of Prison Health (SESP) gathers together physicians, nurses and other health care professionals working in Spanish prisons. Around one third of the thousand health care professionals working in Spanish prisons, are currently members of the SESP.
Its main goal is to improve the general prison health care in the Spain. This is achieved by performing several educational activities aimed at updating health care professionals working in prisons on issues regarding the most important pathologies.
Most of the conferences and seminars organised by the SESP have been declared of scientific interest by the Spanish Health Ministry.
One of the SESP main tasks is to establish international relations with other associations related to prison health and to create an international network favouring health care in prisons. For this reason in 2012 the SESP organized in the framework of its bi-annual Conference, its 1st International Congress, in order to offer to prison healthcare professionals from other countries and Spanish ones the opportunity to contribute and mutually gaining and sharing scientific knowledge relating to their day-to-day work experience.
SESP main contribution to the REHAB project will be to lead and launch, in parallel with the Italian SIMSPe the implementation of the Communication and Training Trial (WP3) core activity of the REHAB Project, applied in two detention institutes Madrid and Viterbo. The Madrid institute is already engaged in the daily activity of the SESP members and staff. The trials will be organized in Trainers’ training on communicational skills and sensitivity groups, Internal training groups in Health-care Communication and sensitivity groups techniques. Moreover the SESP will lead the Exploitation of REHAB results (WP6).
Like for the other project partners, the SESP will be involved in the Coordination (WP1), in the Design of methodology and modules for training and communication trial (WP2), in the Evaluation and format release (WP4), contributing in the Quality Plan (WP5) and the Dissemination activities (WP7).