This research investigates how legal assistance can be delivered in healthcare settings. It draws on evidence from international literature and a study of different service models across England. The aim is to generate evidence on how these partnerships can operate successfully.
Social welfare legal issues (such as problems with welfare benefits, debt and housing) are harmful to health and are more likely to occur among those with physical and mental health issues. Partnerships between healthcare and legal services (‘Health-Justice Partnerships’) can improve access to legal assistance and tackle the socioeconomic conditions leading to poor health and inequality.
Design and methods
A systematic scoping review of international literature, to synthesise evidence on the impacts and implementation of Health-Justice Partnerships; 2) A comparative case study of Health-Justice Partnerships across England, to explore varied examples of practice and identify factors affecting implementation.
Professionals working in national charitable and policy organisations have been involved in shaping research priorities and questions. Stakeholders will continue to be involved in the translation of results into resources for practice.
Written outputs will include journal articles and easy read summaries, which will be distributed through stakeholders and relevant organisations. The results will be presented at conferences and meetings, and a learning event will be planned to share the findings with key knowledge users.
Beardon, S., Woodhead, C., Cooper, S., Ingram, E., Genn, H. & Raine, R. (2021) International Evidence on the Impact of Health-Justice Partnerships: A Systematic Scoping Review. Public Health Reviews, 42:1603976.
Beardon, S., Woodhead, C., Cooper, S., Raine, R. & Genn, H. (2020) Health-justice partnerships: innovation in service delivery to support mental health. Journal of Public Mental Health. 4: 327-332.