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Academic partnerships

We work in partnership with academics to co-produce and deliver projects, in particular to develop peer research approaches and incorporate lived experience perspectives.

Current work includes:

  • Supporting a team of peer researchers to work alongside academics from King’s College London and the University of Surrey on a NIHR-funded research project investigating cancer care in prison.
  • Working with the University of Lincoln on a NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme funded project to introduce a new approach to assessing the health and social care needs of people under probation supervision to improve understanding and support provided.

We also published a report in 2020 which was part of a review of the implementation of the Prisons & Probation Ombudsman’s (PPO) recommendations into self-inflicted deaths in custody, funded by a University of Nottingham Impact Accelerator Knowledge Exchange Prize.

It builds on the views and experiences of people with lived experience of the criminal justice system to consider what actions could support the mental health of prisoners and reduce the occurrence of suicide in prison.

Academics we have collaborated with reflected that peer researcher involvement has pushed the research design and challenged assumptions about what people with profoundly traumatic life experiences can contribute to the research process.

Working with peers has proved ‘invaluable’ because their inputs helped to ensure that research materials collected the necessary information whilst also being clear, engaging and easy to complete.