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Claire completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2002 and began her career in the probation service where she facilitated offending behaviour programmes addressing domestic violence, substance misuse, drink driving and general offending for several years. Shortly after completing an MSc in Forensic Psychology she moved to work on a national study (COCOA) examining continuity of access to mental and physical health care for people as they moved through the criminal justice system, before spending three years working as a prison primary care mental health practitioner. This experience has shaped Claire’s passion for engaging hard to reach populations in mental health care and informing policy makers of innovative practices developed at the ground level.

In 2013 Claire joined the Research and Development Department of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to work on Professor Gillian Bendelow’s S136 in Sussex study. This project revealed that overall detention numbers were being inflated by a small number of people being detained repeatedly. Alongside Professor Bendelow, Claire secured pilot funding from Sussex Partnership Trust Charitable Funds and subsequently a doctoral studentship grant from Wellcome Trust to examine this issue in greater depth. Claire completed her PhD in 2019 and has now secured an ESRC funded fellowship, in which she will be consolidating and advancing her research.

External positions

Research Theme Co-Lead: Personality Emergency Care and Complex Needs, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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