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INVITATION TO TENDER - BUILDING THE EVIDENCE BASE ON SECURE FORENSIC INPATIENT SERVICES IN ENGLAND (INCLUDING HIGH, MEDIUM AND LOW SECURE FORENSIC INPATIENT SERVICES)

Department of Health

In December 2007, Lord Keith Bradley lead an independent review to examine the extent to which offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities could be, in appropriate cases, diverted from prison to other services and the barriers to such diversion schemes.

The inquiry considered diversion from prevention and early intervention, through all the stages of the criminal justice system and the links between criminal justice settings, forensic inpatient services and general mental health services.

We are inviting applications to systematically assess the context and mechanisms through which high, medium and low secure forensic inpatient services produce outcomes. It is envisaged this review will improve current evidence about why services work, what might work (and how) in specific circumstances, the impact on resources, deliverability and health equity.

This review will need to take an inclusive approach to defining relevant studies in order to include and describe as much relevant research as possible with a view to synthesizing complex evidence across a range of disciplines and methodological approaches.

To access the research brief and application form, please visit the National Institute for Health Research Central Commissioning Facility website at http://www.nihr-ccf.org.uk and follow the instructions under the “PRP” section of Calls and Competitions.

This is a single-stage tender process and applicants will need to submit their final proposal by 5:00 pm on 29th October 2009.

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