Process Evaluation of the Roll-Out of Take Home Naloxone

Therapeutic Solutions have also been commissioned to undertake a process evaluation as part of the prison-to-community Gateways project to understand how take home naloxone (also known as prenoxad injection) is delivered in practice within custodial settings. We are surveying surveyed and interviewing interviewed prisoners to understand their perceptions of take-home naloxone, and especially at the point of release. We are also interviewing interviewed stakeholders for their perceptions. The study will surveyed prisoners who received training in the use of naloxone and we will undertake a were followed-up three months after receiving the training. The aim of these studies was to enhance the delivery of take-home naloxone regionally and also inform best practice nationally. Two peer-reviewed academic papers were published and can be viewed here:

Development of a chronic non-cancer pain clinic in South Gloucester prisons: an exploratory study

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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