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(Page updated: 15 January 2019)

  • Room A102, Portland Square building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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How is research helping to improve health policy and practice for justice-involved people? 
We will share the key results of our Health Justice research projects and show the longer term difference that this work has made at local, regional and national levels, directly benefitting justice-involved people. 

These projects are unique in terms of bringing health and criminal justice research together across the Criminal Justice pathway, supporting evidence-based practice at this level, engaging those who are seldom heard, and providing innovations in practice.

Many services who work with people in contact with the Criminal Justice System (including prisons, the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies, the courts, the police, Drugs and Alcohol services, homelessness services and third sector organisations) have supported us in developing and delivering these projects. 

This interactive event will celebrate the successes and explore the opportunities for further innovation, facilitating joint learning and collaboration opportunities.

Each section will include a Q&A between audience and researcher for a fully enriched programme.       


13:00: Arrival and registration

13:05: Welcome and introduction
Professor Richard Byng, PenCLAHRC Deputy Director

13:15: Police mental health evaluation 
Dr Lynne Callaghan, Senior Research Fellow in Community and Primary Care Research Group, in conversation with Mark Bolt, Devon & Cornwall Police

13:40: Behaviour change in a challenging world
Bitesize talk delivered by Dr Tom Thompson, Senior Research Fellow in Community and Primary Care Research Group

14:00: Contributing as a volunteer to projects across services, including the STRENGTHEN research project
Dr Lynne Callaghan, Senior Research Fellow in Community and Primary Care Research Group, in conversation with Dr Lyndsay Withers, Volunteer

14:25: Refreshments and networking

14:45: The COCOA to Engager story, working with local services for over 10 years
Bitesize talk delivered by Dr Cath Quinn, Senior Research Fellow in Community and Primary Care Research Group

15:05: The STRENGTHEN project
Dr Tom Thompson, Senior Research Fellow, in conversation with Gary Wallace, Senior Specialist Drugs & Alcohol Team Manager, Plymouth City Council

15:30: Discussion
Led by Mark Bignell, CEO of Hamoaze House, on how research can inform local practice

16:00: Concluding address

Who is this event for? 
This event will be be of interest to those working in contact with justice-involved people, from local services such as the police, prisons, National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation companies, courts, drug and alcohol services, homeless services and other third sector organisations, as well as researchers in areas such as criminology, psychology, sociology, and other related areas.

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Community and Primary Care research group

Our research is conducted through the involvement of practitioners, and the public, who are instrumental in helping to develop focused research questions and in designing projects.

We use a range of research methods, qualitative and quantitative, to solve pressing and often complex research problems. Our research is often directed towards those individuals who are the most excluded or disempowered, have mental health problems and have difficulty accessing services.

Community and Primary Care research is led and coordinated by Professor Richard Byng.


Engager is a novel intervention for supporting prisoners with common mental health problems to achieve their goals.

University and peer researchers have developed a system of care that aims to help people in prison, leading up to and the following release. We want to know how well this package of care is working and whether it can be improved.

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