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Offender Health Research Network

The Offender Health Research Network is funded by Offender Health at the Department of Health, and is a collaboration between several universities, based at the University of Manchester. 

Aims and Objectives
  • to develop a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency network focused on offender health care innovation, evaluation and knowledge dissemination
  • staff capability building through training opportunities and active involvement in health care research
  • to work toward developing the frequency and quality of user/carer involvement in offender health care provision and research 
  • to develop a "pathway to research", outlining the processes required to successfully undertake research in the Criminal Justice System, including information on funding, research ethics and governance, and practical information about conducting research in such unique environment

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Policy and Reports (updated 30 March)
All Workstreams:  Examining implementation of the Stable and Acute dynamic risk assessment tool pilot in England and Wales
All Workstreams: Applying Neural Networks and other statistical models to the classification of serious offenders and the prediction of recidivism
All Workstreams: Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection, March 2010
All Workstreams: The Bradley Report and the Criminal Justice workforce
All Workstreams: Managing offenders on short custodial sentences
All Workstreams: Trends in self-inflicted deaths and self-harm in prisons in England and Wales (2001-2008): In search of a new research paradigm
Mental Health: Exploratory Randomised Control Trial of Schema Modal Therapy in the Personality Disorder Service at Ashworth Hospital
Mental Health: Looking Ahead: The next 25 years in mental health
Mental Health: Blurring the Boundaries
Substance Misuse: Tackling problem drug use

Conferences and Workshops (updated 30 March)
5-9 July 2010:
Clinical Risk Training (5 Day Training Workshop)

Funding Opportunities (updated 29 March)
NIHR Health Services Research Programme: Open Call for Proposals
NIHR Health Services Research Programme / INVOLVE: Public Involvement in Research  
NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme: Disability after Trauma
NIHR: Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) programme

Research Library (updated 29 March)
Police: NHS, not police, should be responsible for medical examination of rape victims
Court: An evaluation of new services for personality-disordered offenders: Staff and service user perspectives
Court & Prison: Dangerous and severe personality disorder: An investigation of the construct
Probation: Substance use, mental health, and relationships: A comparison of male and female offenders serving community sentences
Probation: The effect of time spent in treatment and dropout status on rates of convictions, cautions and imprisonment over 5 years in a primary care-led methadone maintenance service

(updated 25 March)
First 'Health and Criminal Justice Tsar' announced
Professor Louis Appleby will be the first National Clinical Director for Health and Criminal Justice it was announced.

The move reflects an increased focus on improving the mental health of offenders and develops responsibilities from Professor Appleby’s current work as National Clinical Director for Mental Health Services.

Professor Appleby will champion the Government’s action plan ‘Improving Health, Supporting Justice’, which set out measures to get health and criminal justice services working together more effectively. It aims to address health and social care problems as early as possible in a person’s contact with the criminal justice system and to develop more effective interventions for offenders. This will be achieved by working closely with the cross government Health and Criminal Justice Programme Board.

Research Library (updated 18 March)
All AreasSystematic review and meta-analysis of interventions relevant for young offenders with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or self-harm
Prison: Rating the prison boss: Examining supervision among prison health care staff
PrisonTreatment research in prison: Problems and solutions in a randomized trial
PrisonTuberculosis testing in correctional officers: a national random survey of jails in the United States
Probation: Transitions Clinic: Creating a Community-Based Model of Health Care for Recently Released California Prisoners
Probation: Women, serious mental illness and recidivism: A gender-based analysis of recidivism risk for women with SMI released from prison

Conferences and Workshops (updated 18 March)
16 April 2010: How Best Can The Criminal Justice System And Agencies Meet The Needs Of Older Offenders?
24 May 2010: Ethnicity and Use of the Mental Health Act Conference

Research Library (updated 11 March)
Police: Heroin markers in hair of a narcotic police officer: active or passive exposure? 
Prison: ADHD-related symptoms among adults in out-patient psychiatry and female prison inmates as compared with the general population  
Prison: Body art practices among inmates: Implications for transmission of bloodborne infections 
PrisonMale methamphetamine-user inmates in prison treatment: during-treatment outcomes
Prison: Prevalence and correlates of Trichomonas vaginalis among incarcerated persons assessed using a highly sensitive molecular assay

Links (updated 11 March)
Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody‏

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OHRN has funded a number of groups to continue its work on a regional basis. Members are encouraged to contact their local hub for local information and resources.
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