Northumbria Health Needs Assessment - An investigation into the health needs of detainees in police custody in Northumbria in 2010 and 2011. Please click here to read the report to funders:
An Investigation into the Prevalence of Mental Health Disorder and Patterns of Health Service Access in a Probation Population – Stage one of this study investigates the prevalence of mental (including PD), substance misuse and patterns of health service access amongst offenders under probation supervision in Lincolnshire through a series of clinical interviews with a random sample of offenders. Stage two investigates the extent to which probation staff are aware of and recording offenders mental health and substance misuse problems and the nature of any action taken to address these. Stage three consists of a series of qualitative interviews with probation staff and offenders to investigate both enablers to and barriers to health service access for offenders. Please click here to read the Executive Summary: RfPB Executive Summary.pdf
Austerity, the Big Society and Offender Mental Health - editorial published in the British Medical Journal (27 October 2010)
The Importance of Mental Health Awareness Training in a European Probation Training Curriculum - this article examines the idea of mental health awareness training forming a core part of a European training curriculum for probation staff. It was published in the European Journal of Probation, 2 (2): 23-38
Health Needs Assessment of Children in Secure Settings - This project was commissioned by the East Midlands CSIP office. This report examines the physical and mental health needs of children in secure settings in the East Midlands and staff views of the current healthcare provision. Please click the following link for the full report: SCH HNA.pdf
Prison Mental Health Spend in the East Midlands 2007 - 2009 - This paper examines PCT spending on prison mental health in the East Midlands. Please click the following link for the full report: East Midlands Prison MH spend.pdf
Criminal Justice and Health Group Research Report (2006-8)
This paper summaries the work and achievements of this group from 2006-2008. Please click the following link for the full report: Team Report.pdf
Community Managed Offenders' Access to Healthcare Services: Report of a Pilot Study
This paper is based on the findings from a pilot health needs assessment of offenders on probation. The article describes how these offenders engaged with health services. Follow the link below to see the abstract. See below for the full report.http://prb.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/56/1/45
Mental Health Services and Prisoners: A Review – In 2002 Brooker et al. conducted a systematic review of primary and secondary research including grey literature which related to the mental health problems of prisoners. It aimed to “identify gaps in the current state of knowledge to inform a new mental health prison agenda” (Brooker et al, 2002: 2). The review, focuses: on prevalence of disorder; effectiveness of interventions; service development and organisation and the development of a service-user perspective and can be found here.
Brooker, Sirdifield and Gojkovic have updated this review,
examining literature between 2002 and August 2006. The updated
review examines literature on the epidemiology of mental health
disorders in the prison population, mental health interventions for
the prison population, and service delivery and organisation for
prisoners with mental health disorders. This project was
commissioned by the PHRN.
MH Services and Prisoners Updated Review (PDF 1Mb)
A study commissioned by the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) in the East Midlands to investigate the health needs of a sample group of offenders managed by the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Probation Areas.
Prof. Charlie Brooker (University of Lincoln) and Ben Ullmann
Exchange) have produced this report which examines:
- Public attitudes towards offenders with mental illness
- The experience of offenders with mental illness as they progress through the criminal justice system
- The current state of prison mental healthcare
- Economic factors surrounding the provision of mental healthcare in prisons
This report concludes with recommendations for improving mental healthcare in prisons, and will be followed by a second report in the Autumn of 2008
Short-Changed: Spending on Prison Mental Health Care
An examination of the differences in prison mental health care spending across the country. Includes regional breakdowns of spending on health
and mental health care in prisons and incorporates data from the second national survey of prison in-reach.
New Futures Health Trainers: An Impact Assessment
In a pilot project, prisoners and offenders on probation have been trained as 'New Futures Health Trainers' - to signpost their peers into healthcare services, and/or undertake behaviour change work with them.
This report was commissioned by the Department of Health and examines the impact of the Health Trainer role in prison and probation service settings in terms of a) the impact of training on Tutors/development of the New Futures Health Trainer course, b) the impact of training on the New Futures Health Trainers themselves, c) the organisational consequences of the role, d) the impact of the role on clinical outcomes for prisoners/offenders on probation, and e) the relationship between 'early adopter' sites for Health Trainers in the community, and the prison/probation equivalent.
Guide to Implementing the New Futures Health Trainer Role
Across the Criminal Justice System
A guide to implementing this new role in both probation and prison settings, including advice regarding recruitment and selection, training and accreditation. Funded by the Department of Health.
International Journal of Nursing Studies
Professor Brooker has recently been the guest editor for a special mental health edition of the International Journal of Nursing Studies where his editorial analyses the recent national review of mental health nursing and it's likely contribution to improvements in the quality of mental health care in England and Wales. In this edition, he is also the joint author of a paper that reports a systematic review of the outcome of mental health nurse intervention.
Journal of Mental Health Workforce Development
Professor Brooker has also recently guest edited a criminal justice edition of the Journal of Mental Health Workforce Development
Evaluation of the Mental Health Awareness Workbook - This evaluation report was commissioned by Prison Health at the Department of Health. It describes the variable progress being made by the eight Care Services Improvement (CSIP) patches in the implementation of awareness training for prison officers using a 'self-directed' workbook approach and concludes with a series of recommendations. Evaluation_of_the_mha_workbook_Jan_9th_2007.pdf
Offender Mental Health Care Pathway - In 2005 Professor Brooker worked with Yvonne Stoddard (the CSIP lead for prison mental health in the North east and Yorkshire Region) to produce the Department of Health pathways guide to mental health and the criminal justice system. This acts as a best practice guide for individuals delivering and/or commissioning mental health services within the criminal justice system. It is currently available at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/10/22/32/04102232.pdf
An Evaluation of the Prison In-Reach Collaborative – The Prison Mental Health In-Reach Collaborative was formed in 2002 as a way for staff to work together to share best practice and improve service delivery in prison mental health. This report was produced in 2005 and evaluates how successful the implementation of this approach was in several sites across the UK. It is available on the Forensic Mental Health R&D Website – see http://www.nfmhp.org.uk. A paper has been submitted for publication to the International Journal of Prisoner Health on the case study element of this study.