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Integration and offender mental health

Till, Alex, Exworthy, Tim and Forrester, Andrew 2014. Integration and offender mental health. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 26 (1) , pp. 11-21. 10.1080/14789949.2014.960440

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Integrated care can introduce seamless coordinated pathways that are focused around the individual needs of patients, helping to prevent missed opportunities for intervention. Within offender healthcare, sequential funnelling through designated areas where screening can take place, along with co-location of services, lends itself to integrated working, at least in theory. However, within the offender healthcare pathway, service fragmentation and autonomous, disconnected (often referred to as siloed) working, has historically been the norm. If commissioned and designed to ensure and incentivise connections between services, whilst developing high quality service-focused research activities, pathways could enable clinical and social interventions, and outcomes, on a public health scale for these highly morbid populations. As such, offender healthcare offers a real opportunity to model integration for wider introduction across other health and social care areas. Discussed within is the call for integration, its concept, and its role within offender healthcare.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1478-9949
Date of Acceptance: 18 August 2014
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2021 21:41

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