Dr James Hard MBBS FRCGP

Specialist field of General Practice and Prison Medicine, HMP Swansea

Dr James Hard graduated from UCL Medical School in 1998. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He completed GP training in South Wales in 2006 and since has held numerous roles including locum, salaried and partner in GP.

He has developed further special interests in substance misuse and prison medicine and holds the RCGP certificates in substance misuse Parts I and II and advanced secure environments module. He has experience of working in several English and Welsh (public and private sector) prisons and spent approximately 5 years working in HMP & YOI Parc, Bridgend during which time held the role of clinical lead. Dr Hard currently works one day a week in the South Gloucester prison cluster. 

Dr Hard is the Vice-chair of the Royal College of GP’s Secure Environments Group and Chair of the Royal College of GPs Wales Secure Environments Network. He is an associate advisor to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and provides clinical advice across the general practice and prison domains. He is a clinical reviewer commissioned by NHS England to assist the Prison and Probation Ombudsman with Death in Custody investigations. He is on the NICE Guideline Development Group for the Physical Health of People in Prisons. He is an additional clinical assessor with the National Clinical Assessment Service.