Professor Brooker came into post in January 2006\ud and with funding attached to his chair had appointed\ud a full time research assistant (CS) and a PhD student\ud on a bursary within four months of arriving. The\ud group has grown steadily and a second RA joined\ud the team in 2008 (CF). Latterly administrative support\ud was offered by Katherine Onion and now Sue Bowler\ud has taken on this role with through funding for the\ud Research for Patient benefit Study. A number of\ud other honorary appointments have also been made\ud notably Fiona Gale, Damian Mitchell and Sara Moore.\ud The group has sought to maximise research and\ud consultancy income through diverse relationships\ud with stakeholders in the criminal justice system\ud these include: the Department of Health, the East\ud Midlands Regional CSIP Office, local NHS and\ud probation partners, Policy Exchange, the Church\ud of England1, and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental\ud Health. Our overarching aim has been to undertake\ud work that has the potential to improve the health\ud outcomes for offenders be these adults or children.\ud It is not surprising that mental health has been\ud a major concern but we have been eclectic and\ud have addressed a broader range of health issues\ud particularly those that might be described as primary\ud care/public health in orientation.\ud The field of criminal justice and health is small but a\ud fast-growing one as the fundamental inequalities for\ud offender healthcare begin to be recognised by the\ud mainstream NHS. Our group has made a significant\ud impact in terms of outputs and in terms of the\ud development of research capacity in this field. We\ud would like to think that we have been a small drum\ud that has beaten loudly
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