PORSCH is a network of researchers and service practitioners based in the North East of England and Yorkshire. It is dedicated to enhancing the contribution of research and development to the improvement of the health of offenders, the well-being of the communities in which they live and the reduction of offending behaviours.

The Network is free of charge to members. It runs workshops and conferences, facilitates research and development projects, and provides an information exchange. If you would like to join us, use the Contact page.

After successful informal collaborations that organised conferences on prison health in 2001, 2002 and 2003, the Network was formally established in 2005 with support from the Department of Health.  

Currently, funding and facilities are provided by the following Supporters who provide the core membership of the PORSCH Advisory Board and Management Group:

  • Durham University Collingwood College

  • NHS England Health & Justice (Cumbria & North East)

  • North East and Yorkshire Public Sector Prisons

  • Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust Specialist Services

  • Northumbria University Centre for Crime and Justice

  • Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Grounded Research Team

  • Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Offender and Forensic Community Services

  • University of York CrimNet

The other pages on the website provide information about the Network's activities. If you would like more detail or a copy of the latest Annual Report please use the form provided on the Contact page.

 LATEST NEWS from most recent Management Group (January 8th 2019)

 Research and development Projects:

Evaluation of Mental Health Integrated Support Unit, HMP Durham: Phase 1 has been completed and Phase 2 of the project, which will evaluate the work of the Unit, will start in March

Prevention of self-inflicted death in prison: project by Prof Graham Towl Durham University (supported by Prof Andrew Gray of PORSCH) on preventing self-inflicted death in HMP Durham  has included a report for the prison after a walk through of the reception pathway from van to settlement on I wing.

Dr Jon Carey reported that the SAPROV ID version specification and initial training had been completed and was now being followed up.

PORSCH events: see Events page for more detail:

Prolific Self Harm Briefing for Prison Safety Team Ministry of Justice (November 2018)

Trauma and resilience in Children and Young People’s Mental Health (with Northern England Clinical Networks and NHS England Health and Justice North East and Cumbria) (November 2018)

Forensic Aspects of Sleep: research and developments (with TEWV and CrimNet University of York) January 2019)

The Changing Role of Chaplaincy in the Changing Criminal Justice System; 28th February

Understanding Addiction: seminar or workshop (with NTW Addiction team): March

Art, Mental Illness and Offenders; an exhibition and seminar event with TEWV for autumn 2019

Other activities:

PORSCH is supporting Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust in hosting visit of Prof Chris Whitty (NIHR) to RDaSH on 8th February

 Next meeting: Annual meeting in May 2019 with the Advisory Board