Posted on 05/04/2017
Academics looking into healthcare provision and access for people on probation, and how that may reduce reoffending rates, have been given a grant from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for a new research project.
Professor David Denney and Professor Charlie Brooker from the School of Law will be working with academics from the University of Lincoln to produce a toolkit to help improve healthcare for people on probation.
“There are more than 200,000 offenders on probation in the UK,” explains lead investigator Dr Coral Sirdifield. “They are often deprived, vulnerable, and have complex health needs, such as mental health, drug, or alcohol problems.”
Researchers say better healthcare could help increase the number of people successfully completing community sentences and could potentially reduce the number of people reoffending, while also saving the NHS substantial sums of money by reducing the unnecessary use of urgent and emergency services.
Many probationers are not registered with a GP, and so may not be receiving adequate care. Researchers will be looking at how healthcare to probationers is currently managed and what data are already available that could be used to measure and improve healthcare. They will also be conducting surveys and studies, as well as speaking to members of the health service.
The researchers will then share their findings in a toolkit which will be used to improve the services that currently exist.
Professor Denney and Professor Brooker will be working with Dr Coral Sirdifield and Professor Niro Siriwardena from the University of Lincoln, with the research being funded by the NIHR with a grant of £150,000.
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