About the Project
This studentship will influence police and mental health policy, facilitate more appropriate and efficient collaborative pathways, and reduce morbidity and mortality by:
1. Providing evidence on the disconnect between police and health systems using literature synthesis.
2. Use data pertaining to either health or police, and establishing outcomes for people in MHD who are attended to by police.
3. Identify opportunities for better information sharing, care planning and person-centred upstream collaborative police / health service interventions.
This project sits within an exciting programme of interdisciplinary research at the Scottish Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health (SCLEPH), and is well connected nationally and internationally. SCLEPH has both police and health stakeholders, links with Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR) and its academic base in the School of Health & Social Care. The supervisory team bring expertise in data science, mental health, forensic psychology, decision science, qualitative research and strong links to international and national law enforcement, public health research practice, knowledge exchange networks and police gatekeepers.
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in health or social science related subject with a good fundamental knowledge of contemporary mental health issues, or rights and justice research or policy and practice. English language requirement IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other,equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.
• Experience of fundamental research methods
• Competent in quantitative research methods, data management and analysis software
• Knowledge of contemporary issues related to people who ‘fall between the gaps’ in services
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
• Good time management
Good MRes/ MSc related to research methods or to the topic area
Experience of quantitative data analysis and interpretation, using R or Stata or equivalent
Work-related experience of mental health or policing or A&E departments, community justice etc.
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HMICRFS (Report) ‘Policing and mental health: Picking up the pieces’, 2018.
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