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How working with psychologists has influenced probation practice: Attempting to capture some of the impact and the learning from the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway project

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emma Joyes


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The Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway initiative has been in operation now for over a year and a number of different projects are working across the country to support its implementation. These projects involve health and probation working in partnership to enhance the case management of offenders who present in a way that is consistent with a personality disorder diagnosis. In other words, agencies are working together as never before to share expertise, to collaborate and co-produce risk assessments and sentence plans and to support offenders more effectively, particularly at times of transition. So what is the impact? This paper uses real life case examples to report some of the innovative practice developments that have come about during the first year of one such project (in Yorkshire/Humberside). It also uses qualitative data from focus groups with offender managers to explore the impact of working differently. The paper will highlight some of the helpful and challenging aspects for offender managers of working in partnership with a different organisation and organisational culture and will look at how the formulation-led, psychologically informed influence from health has affected both their personal and professional life. The paper will go onto discuss what we consider to be some of the challenges for the project in the coming months and years, and how the project intends to adapt to meet them.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ramsden J, Joyes E, Gordon N, Lowton M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Probation Journal

Year: 2016

Volume: 63

Issue: 1

Pages: 54-71

Print publication date: 01/03/2016

Online publication date: 19/01/2016

Acceptance date: 19/01/2016

ISSN (print): 0264-5505

ISSN (electronic): 1741-3079

Publisher: SAGE Publications


DOI: 10.1177/0264550515620694


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