Offender Health Research Network

Service User and Public Involvement

At OHRN, we believe that offenders and ex-offenders should have a voice in offender health research.  To make sure this happens, we offer opportunities for offenders, ex-offenders and their family members to advise on the research projects we do.

Watch our video on YouTube – Healthcare Behind Bars

Who can get involved?

If you have spent time in prison or the criminal justice system, or if you know someone who has, then you might be able to get involved. You don’t need experience of working in research.  The most important thing is an interest in improving healthcare and the criminal justice system.

We look for people who are willing to:

  • Learn about research methods
  • Work in groups with a mix of people from different backgrounds
  • Talk about their opinions and views
  • Attend relevant training
  • Commit to attending regular group meetings (usually monthly or quarterly)

Read about the work of the MACE research advisory group

What are the benefits for me?

By working with us, you will get the chance to learn about research methods and learn valuable skills in verbal and written communication, managing meetings and teamwork.

You will be paid for your time and travel expenses.  Lunch and refreshments are usually included at meetings.

We also offer access to training, events and conferences.

How can I get involved?

Please send your contact details to: