This is an excellent example of service users being involved in a study as ‘peer researchers’ and deserves attention beyond the readership of the Plymouth Herald.
Engager II might sound like the name of a spaceship but it’s actually the name of a study which intends to look at the mental health issues faced by prisoners near to and after their release.
In particular: ‘the research project…..seeks to develop and evaluate a system of care to address those problems. It aims to create an integrated approach that not only involves therapy but also addresses housing, training and employment, thereby helping to ensure that meaningful care continues after release.’ The full news release can be found here.
The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and being driven by PenCLAHRC partners, Plymouth and Exeter Universities as well as Manchester University. I am not at all surprised to see PenCLAHRC behind another bit of pioneering work, particularly in terms of public involvement.