The Development of a Prison Mental Health Unit in England: Understanding Realist Context(s).

Dyer, Wendy, Cassidy, Kathryn, Ridley, Louise, Biddle, Paul, McClelland, Norman and Brandon, Toby (2021) The Development of a Prison Mental Health Unit in England: Understanding Realist Context(s). International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 20 (2). pp. 101-117. ISSN 1499-9013

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14999013.2020.1830890

Abstract

A pragmatic solution for the provision of care for prisoners with serious mental illness, who are often subject to delays in hospital transfer, is the creation of specialist prison units. This paper analyses the development of a prison unit in England for prisoners with ‘serious mental illness’. The unit was developed within over-lapping health and justice contexts, including expectations, pressures and priorities, which impacted on the outcomes expected and achieved. The methodology included attendance at Steering group meetings, analysis of a minimum dataset, and interviews with key stakeholders. A number of key sites of contestation are analyzed including: admission criteria; aims; activities; staffing; the physical environment; and discharge.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prisoner, mental illness, specialist prison unit, health and criminal justice context, Realism
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2020 10:43
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 14:39
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44532

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