Health Needs Assessments

Therapeutic Solutions (Addictions) has undertaken over 50 health needs assessment (HNA) since 2006 including a wide range of studies in the community and in the criminal justice system. Over 1,000 interviews have been undertaken with stakeholders since 2006 including several hundred with offenders in and outside of prison. We have also developed methodological thinking on how best to interview and discuss treatment issues with prisoners across a range of prison categories. A methodological piece examining prisoner perceptions of service satisfaction was published in 2012.

Criminal Justice Health Needs Assessments

Studies have been undertaken in over 25 prisons since 2006 examining substance misuse and recovery services alongside wider general health HNAs. The methodologies for adults and young offender estate all adhere to the Public Health England template and the Chimat template.

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Studies in Prison

Therapeutic Solutions has led on a number health needs assessments and related studies in custodial settings. This block of work has comprised over 12 studies including an Immigration Removal Centre.

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Mental Health

Therapeutic Solutions (Addictions) Ltd were commissioned to provide an assessment on the extent and nature of current activity and service provision across London’s mental health crisis system, with a specific focus on Section 136 detentions under the 1983 Mental Health Act and the use of Emergency Departments for individuals in crisis.

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Enhancing Service Provision in Prison

We have undertaken a number of recent projects aimed at improving services within custodial environment.

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Recovery Services

We have offered a range of services to support the development of recovery services across the substance misuse sector including a number of reports and academic peer-reviewed papers. We have a paper written in partnership with Birmingham University on influences to 12-Step mutual self-help groups published in the European Addiction Research in September 2014.

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Our Services

We have developed a range of analytical and methodological approaches aimed at understanding the health and substance misuse needs of individuals including extensive interviews with a cross-section of service users in contact with healthcare and other related services. We have also worked to develop methods aimed at understanding the nuances of prisoner satisfaction of clinical services received. Our paper testing use of SERVQUAL as a mechanism for understanding ‘real’ satisfaction rates has been published here.

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Studies and Assessments

We have undertaken over 50 health and substance misuse specific needs assessments since 2006. These have included studies across community settings and across the criminal justice system (including detainee needs in police custody; service users in contact with Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and prisoners in contact with health services in secure settings).

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