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Population Health

Offender Health

People in the criminal justice system are often a socially excluded group subject to substantial inequalities in health with poor literacy, complex health problems especially mental health and substance use, and are hard to reach through conventional health service routes.  

A  mixed method study to  determine the knowledge perceptions and attitudes of Probation and NHS Commissioning staff towards health of people supervised by Probation Service
Offender health needs

Southampton Offender Health Research Group (OHRG)

This is a newly formed cross sectorial/cross faculty group which is concerned with developing collaborations and research in the health of those in the criminal justice system. This group will work together to seek funding for, and conduct and support research in Offender Health. Our current research projects include:

Offender health needs and access to healthcare services.

A mixed method study to determine the knowledge perceptions and attitudes of Probation and NHS Commissioning staff towards health of those people supervised by Probation Service, and to explore the interface between Probation and Health Services and identify models of good practice. It incorporates a national survey (England and Wales) of probation staff, and offender health commissioning leads.

The health of people with court orders supervised by probation services

Offenders given non-custodial sentences are a significant and growing population.  This is a mixed methods study recruiting a prospective cohort of new offenders with Court Orders in Hampshire Probation Trust.  Aims are to determine prevalence of health status, health literacy, changes in health assessed over a year, access to and use of health related interventions, and exploration of probationers' perceptions of their health. It will provide information on aspects of feasibility to inform development of an intervention study. 

 For further details contact Dr Julie Parkes or Emma Richards

Investigating probationer health

The Offender Health Collective

In May 2012 the Offender Health Collaborative was selected to support the cross government Health and Criminal Justice Transition Programme in managing the development of a national network of liaison and diversion services. The OHC brings together its partners' considerable strength and experience in criminal justice, health and social care, policy development, research, workforce development and training, and project management.

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