PORSCH is a Network free of charge to those committed to the promotion of research and service development for the improvement of the health of offenders, the enhancement of the communities in which they live and the reduction of offending behaviours.  Network activities are planned and delivered by the Management Group and its Officers, overseen by the Advisory Board, and resourced by the Supporters. The Constitution is set out at the foot of this page.

If you would like to see the Annual Report for 2017-18, please ask via the contact page.

Supporters

Funding and facilities for network activities are provided by the following PORSCH Supporters:

  • Durham University Collingwood College

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

  • North East and Yorkshire Public Sector Prisons

  • Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Specialist Services

  • Northumbria University Criminology

  • Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

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

  • York University CrimNet

Supporters are represented on both the Advisory Board and the Management Group. The Network is grateful for this support without which PORSCH's important work would not be sustained.

Advisory Board

The PORSCH Advisory Board supports the development of the network and ensures that the Chair and Management Group discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the PORSCH dedication and aims. Membership of the Advisory Board is by invitation of the Management Group with the support of the Advisory Board Chair.  It meets at least once a year. Its current members are:

  • Tim Allen (Chair), Prison Group Director Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire (former Governor HMP Durham)

  • Dr Nav Ahluwalia, Executive Medical Director, Director of Research, and Consultant Psychiatrist in Substance Misuse, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

  • Revd. Katherine Brooke, Chaplain, HMP Holme House

  • Charlotte Bilby, Reader in Criminology, Centre for Criminal Justice, Northumbria University

  • DI Andy Crowe, Inspector, Durham Constabulary

  • Dr Brian Docherty, GP HMP Durham, Spectrum Community Health CIC

  • Chris Dyer, Governor HMP Holme House Reform Prison

  • Dave King, Head of Offender Health Commissioning, NHS England (Cumbria and North East)

  • Jill Maehle, Barrister Consultant in Mental Health, Mental Capacity, Community Care & Human Rights Law

  • Prof Cynthia McDougall, Professor of Forensic Psychology University of York

  • Rachel Morphew, Lead Psychologist NOMS Public Sector Prisons North East and Yorkshire

  • Dr Rajesh Nadkarni, Executive Medical Director and Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Trust (alternate Prof Eilish Gilvarry, Consultant Psychiatrist in Addiction Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, and Hon. Professor in Addiction Psychiatry Newcastle University)

  • Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research, Teesside University

  • Dr Sarah Pearce, Independent Monitoring Board member HMP Durham and former Consultant Physician, Co. Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

  • Alan Tallentire, Prison Group Director, Tees and Wear

  • Lisa Taylor, Director of Operations, Forensic Services, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

  • Dr Pratish Thakkar, Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry, Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

  • Professor Graham Towl, Professor of Psychology, Durham University and Member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody

  • The Network Chair, Research Coordinator and Workshop Support Officer also attend

Management Group

The Management Group plans and supervises Network’s activities and resources and reports to the Advisory Board. It meets at least four times a year (with additional officers meetings). Membership includes representatives of Supporters and is open to any member of the PORSCH Network. If you would like to join the Group, please contact the Network Chair via the contracts page. The current members are:

  • Prof Andrew Gray (Network Chair), Emeritus Professor, School of Medicine Pharmacy and Health Durham University, and Academic Services for Public Management

  • Dr Wendy Dyer (Research Co-ordinator), Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Northumbria University

  • Loree Moran Wilson (Workshop Support Officer), Make Your Way CIC

  • Gail Bland, Senior Programme Manager, User Voice North East

  • Linda Bush, Local Partnerships Advisor, Youth Justice Board North East Team

  • Hannah Bows, Assistant Professor in Criminal Law, Durham University and Chair of AgeUK Teesside

  • Dr Jon Carey, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust

  • Dr Jane Clarbour, Senior Lecturer Psychology, York University CrimNet

  • Jen Ferguson, Graduate Tutor and Research Associate PRISM-A, Teesside University

  • Melissa Girling, School of Health and Society, Newcastle University

  • Heidi Fisher, Forensic Psychologist, HMP Frankland

  • Abi Hamoodi, Health and Justice Specialist, Public Health England

  • Richard Hand, Service Manager for Offender Care, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS

  • Leona Hunter, Senior Psychologist, NE and Yorkshire Prisons

  • Darren Johnson, Lecturer in Psychology, Newcastle University

  • Dr Hannah King, Lecturer School of Applied Social Science, Durham University

  • Stephen MacDonald, Criminology, Sunderland University

  • Natalie Maidment, Local Development Officer North East, CLiNKS

  • Dr Annette McKeown, Psychologist, Northumberland Tyne and Weaar NHS Foundation Trust

  • Rachel Palethorpe, Services Manager North East Prisons, CGL

  • Joe Peterson, Older Prisoner Co-ordinator, AgeUK North Tyneside

  • Heather Rice, Assistant Director, Grounded Research, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS FT

  • Louise Ridley, Senior lecturer in Criminology, Northumbria University

  • Ian Thorpe, Nurse Consultant in Forensic & Speciaist Services, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS FT

  • Charlotte Winter, NHS England Health and Justice, Cumbria and North East

Officers

Network Chair: represents the Network and its interests in academic, policy and practice communities, chairs the meetings of the Management Group, and exercises the executive functions of sustaining the network and organising events under a contract for service supervised by the Chair of the Advisory Board. The Chair is elected by the Management Group.

The current Network Chair is Professor Andrew Gray. He provides research, development and teaching services through 'Academic Services for Public Management', and is Emeritus Professor in Public Management at the School of Medicine Pharmacy and Health at Durham University, Honorary Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Nottingham University, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Knowledge Innovation Technology and Enterprise at Newcastle University, and Fellow of the Joint University Council for Applied Social Sciences. He is also a Mentor for the Longford Trust that supports offenders to pursue higher education.

Research Co-ordinator: responsible for facilitating and liaising with research and development projects with which PORSCH is associated.

The current Research Coordinator is Dr Wendy Dyer, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and member of the Centre for Crime and Justice at Northumbria University. Dr Dyer gained her PhD for research into diversion and liaison, contributed evidence to the Bradley Review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system, and continues to conducted research into health and social care services for offenders.

Workshop Support Officer: provides administrative assistance at workshops (registration functions, venue liaison) under a per workshop service contract.

The current Workshop Support Officer is Loree Moran-Wilson who runs Make Your Way CIC, a social enterprise based in Sunderland that supports the rehabilitation of ex-offenders in the community.

Constitution

1. Dedication and aims

PORSCH is dedicated to enhancing the contribution of research and development to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of offenders and the communities in which they live and work. Consistent with this dedication, PORSCH shall:

o    sustain a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, regional network of academics and practitioners focused on offender health and social care innovation, evaluation and knowledge dissemination including by e-mail and web based information exchanges and events to discuss research and service development; 

o    facilitate offender health research and development projects;

o    support regional research and development strategies and improved outcomes for offender health and well-being by working with health and social care and criminal justice agencies in the region;

o    engage with the national policy community to inform polices for offender health and social care.

2. Membership

Membership of the network shall be free of charge to those with a commitment to research and development in the commissioning and provision of health and social care services for offenders. Members shall join by submitting their e-mail addresses to the Network Chair for inclusion on the distribution list.

3. The Management Group shall manage PORSCH network activities, meet at least four times a year and submit an annual report to the Advisory Board (see 4). Management Group members shall have research and development interests in commissioning, service providing and research organisations. PORSCH members may self nominate or be nominated to serve on the Management Group and shall be invited to serve for three year terms by a meeting of the Group. PORSCH Supporters (see 6) shall be invited to nominate one of their members to serve on the Group.

4. The Advisory Board shall support the development of the network and ensure that the Network Chair and Management Group discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the PORSCH dedication and aims. The Board shall meet at least once a year to receive the annual report and audited accounts from the Management Group. Board members shall have strategic policy, research and development interests in their organisations. Membership of the Advisory Board shall be by recommendation of the Management Group with the support of the Advisory Board Chair. PORSCH Supporters (see 6) shall be invited to nominate one of their senior members to serve on the Board.

5. PORSCH Officers:

5.1 Advisory Board Chair shall chair the Advisory Board and shall be elected by the Advisory Board members for three-year terms.

5.2 Network Chair shall represent the network and its interests in academic, policy and practice communities, chair the meetings of the Management Group and on behalf of that Group liaise with and report to the chair of the Advisory Board (see below). The Network Chair may also on the recommendation of the Management Group assume the executive functions of the Network Coordinator (see 5.3). The Chair shall be elected by the Management Group members for three year terms.

5.3 Network Coordinator shall exercise the executive functions of sustaining the network, organising Management Group and Advisory Board meetings and PORSCH events under a contract for service drawn up by the Management Group and supervised by the Network Chair or, where the Coordinator’s functions are subsumed within the role of the Network Chair, by the Chair of the Advisory Board. The Network Coordinator shall be appointed by the Management Group for three year terms.

5.4 Research Co-ordinator shall be responsible for liaising with R & D projects with which PORSCH is associated, developing new project ideas and assisting with the search for research funding. The Research Coordinator shall be appointed by the Management Group for three-year terms and supervised by the Network Chair.

5.5 Workshop Support Officer shall provide administrative assistance at workshops (registration functions, venue liaison) on a per workshop service contract supervised by the Network Chair. The Workshop Support Officer shall be appointed by the Management Group for three-year terms.

6. PORSCH Supporters

PORSCH Supporters shall be partner organisations that share PORSCH’s dedication and aims and commit financial or facility resources to the work of the Network. Supporters shall be invited to be represented on the Advisory Board and Management Group and acknowledged in PORSCH publications. Upon ceasing to support PORSCH or if judged by the Advisory Board to have acted against the stated dedication of PORSCH, Supporters will be withdrawn from the Advisory Board and Management Group.