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PenCLAHRC Deputy Director, Professor Richard Byng, was the subject of this week's Sunday Essay in the Western Morning News.
In the piece, featured in the Sunday 27th July edition of the paper, Professor Byng discusses his research into the mental health of offenders and former offenders, in particular the Care for Offenders (COCOA) project, which reviewed the healthcare received by offenders across the prison system. He also discussed his recent work on the Engager project, seeks to develop an integrated approach to organising care for those preparing to leave prison. This innovative project includes ex-offenders as peer researchers in the research...Read more
In what is believed to be the first example of its kind, men who have served prison sentences are playing a key role as ‘peer researchers’ in a research project investigating the issues faced by prisoners with mental health problems near to and after release.
The Engager project is an ongoing collaboration between Plymouth University and the University of Exeter, plus the University of Manchester and University College London, and has been funded by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grants for Applied Research grant and supported by NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)...Read more