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

Sirdifield, Coral (2006) Piloting a new role in mental health: prison based health trainers. The Journal of Mental Health Workforce Development (Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice 1755-6228), 1 (4). pp. 15-22. ISSN 1750-0699

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

Keywords:Prisons, Mental health, Peer education, Health trainer
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:748
Deposited On:03 May 2007

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