Centre for Health and Justice


The Centre for Health and Justice, led by Professor Eddie Kane, is a major national development in the understanding of and provision for mentally disordered offenders.

While there is evidence that some past initiatives have improved services and care, this evidence is drawn from disparate strands of research rather than a coherent, planned, and multi-disciplinary programme. The dimensions of ethics, law, education, criminology, social policy, environmental design and security, organisational design, and economics feature little in material published to date. These dimensions, as well as clinically focused and practically designed research, should provide the fundamental evidence base on which the new generation of health and justice services are built.


The Centre seeks to discover the best ways to deliver healthcare in the justice environment and secure health settings. It brings together research, policy, and practice in the fields of mental and general health care and criminal justice, through an innovative multi-disciplinary approach.

It will carry out clinically focused and practically designed research to provide the evidence base to build a new generation of services. The centre will support education and training programmes (such as the Knowledge and Understanding Framework for people with personality disorders) that appeal to a multi-disciplinary audience, bringing agencies together from across health and criminal justice.

Current projects


News and events

[News story one]

Encouraging better policing

Professor Eddie Kane and Dr Melanie Jordan, working as part of the Better Policing Collaboration (a network of universities, commercial and third sector partners, led by the Centre for Health and Justice at the Institute of Mental Health) are developing an evidence based policing programme, and a regional centre of expertise, for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies and Police and Crime Commissioners.

The three year programme includes development of a range of education opportunities to Masters level, experimental research, systematic reviews, community surveys and the development of an evidence based strategy.

The programme of delivered activities is intended to promote organisational change so that evidence based policing permeates the daily work of forces. The programme aims to secure leadership succession through development of an increasing number of evidence based policing oriented staff at all levels.

More information on the University of Nottingham website.


[News story two]

Introductory briefing

The Centre has produced an introductory briefing setting out its forward agenda.

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Department of Health: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health

Ministry of Justice: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

National Offender Management Service: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-offender-management-service/about

University of Nottingham Criminal Justice Research Centre: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/criminal-justice-research-centre/index.aspx