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Piloting a new role in mental health: prison based health trainers

By Coral Sirdifield

Abstract

Prisoners in the UK are in a poor state of health\ud compared to the wider population, often\ud experiencing numerous physical and/or mental\ud health problems. Many prisoners have had little\ud contact with health services, and research suggests\ud that the standard of health care provided in prisons\ud is not equivalent to that provided in the community.\ud This article introduces Care Services Improvement\ud Partnership Health Trainers – an initiative aiming to\ud provide prisoners themselves with the skills to\ud address health inequalities among their peers.\ud Initially, it discusses the origins of these Health\ud Trainers. It then examines prisoners’ views on how\ud training as a Health Trainer has influenced their\ud attitudes and behaviour, and outlines possible\ud implications of providing this kind of training to\ud prisoners in terms of them using their knowledge\ud to influence other prisoners’ mental health

Topics: B760 Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Pavilion
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:748

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