Mapping the introduction of a mental health awareness in custodial settings self-directed workbook across eight care services improvement partnership patches

Brooker, Charlie and Sirdifield, Coral (2006) Mapping the introduction of a mental health awareness in custodial settings self-directed workbook across eight care services improvement partnership patches. The Journal of Mental Health Workforce Development (Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice 1755-6228), 1 (4). pp. 29-35. ISSN 1750-0699

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Abstract

Approximately 90% of prisoners experience mental
health problems, substance misuse problems or
both. However, prison reception screening tools are
not always effective in enabling staff to identify
mentally disordered prisoners. Therefore, to ensure
that these individuals get access to appropriate
care, custodial staff should be trained in recognising
the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders,
and in effectively working with these individuals.
This paper charts the pilot implementation of a
mental health awareness workbook designed for
use in custodial settings across England. It examines
the variety of approaches adopted to implement
the workbook, staff views on the usefulness
of the workbook, and barriers to implementation
encountered in each area. Recommendations made
for best practice in delivering the workbook in
other areas suggest a need for changes to its
format, but also that time should be ring-fenced
for staff to participate in this training, in groups led
by experts such as in-reach team members.

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Additional Information:Approximately 90% of prisoners experience mental health problems, substance misuse problems or both. However, prison reception screening tools are not always effective in enabling staff to identify mentally disordered prisoners. Therefore, to ensure that these individuals get access to appropriate care, custodial staff should be trained in recognising the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, and in effectively working with these individuals. This paper charts the pilot implementation of a mental health awareness workbook designed for use in custodial settings across England. It examines the variety of approaches adopted to implement the workbook, staff views on the usefulness of the workbook, and barriers to implementation encountered in each area. Recommendations made for best practice in delivering the workbook in other areas suggest a need for changes to its format, but also that time should be ring-fenced for staff to participate in this training, in groups led by experts such as in-reach team members.
Keywords:Criminal justice, Education, Training, Mental health, Prisons
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:749
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:03 May 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:23

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