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Prisoner mental health collaboration receives extension and funding boost

Posted on June 23rd 2017
in Project update

: Professor Richard Byng and Dr Tim Kirkpatrick, centre, with the Engager team

A national collaboration supported by PenCLAHRC, investigating ways to support prisoners with mental health problems both before and after release, has received additional funding of almost £290,000 to continue its work for another 10 months.

Engager is a collaboration between Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), the University of Manchester, University College London and the University of Exeter. It has already received funding in the region of £2.2 million from the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR), which has also supported this latest funding.

The project aims to develop and evaluate a way of organising care and support for prisoners...

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Study indicates first steps towards preventing suicide attempts by offenders

Posted on August 10th 2015
in Project update

Man with hood up sits on wall

Suicide among prison offenders is common and the risk of suicide for male offenders leaving prison is eight times the national average, with over a quarter of fatal suicide attempts happening within the first four weeks of release. While the risk of suicide by offenders in prison has been identified as a priority for action, understanding and preventing suicides among offenders after their release has received far less attention.  

However, a new study conducted by Plymouth Medical School and supported by the NIHR and PenCLAHRC, has addressed this issue, identifying the need for a support system to help prevent suicide...

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The Fit for Work Scheme - What it Means for Patients and GPs

Posted on June 29th 2015
in PenCLAHRC people

GP consultation with Patient

A new editorial in the British Journal of General Practice, led by PenCLAHRC Deputy Director Professor Richard Byng, analyses the GP role in the sickness certification process and the new Fit for Work Scheme and suggests that GPs are key to supporting individuals to maintain the hope and belief that they can work, “rather than adding to the numbers of individuals off work on long term sickness who may have been able to work.”

The Fit for Work Scheme will be introduced in most regions in England and Wales at the end of June 2015. Its aim is to provide additional...

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