Blood-Borne Virus Policy Initiatives (Prisons) - Evaluation

Centre for Criminal Justice Research and Partnerships

The overall aim of the study is to evaluate the Department of Health’s disease prevention and health promotion policies and programme initiatives for tackling blood-borne viruses (BBVs) in prisons in England & Wales.

The evaluation is designed to:

  1. Assess the impact of the disinfectant tablets programme.
  2. Assess the impact of the Hepatitis B Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  3. To assess the impact of BBV programme elements on voluntary uptake of tests among prisoners.
  4. To assess response to and impact of exposure to disease prevention and health promotion materials. In addition, we propose further aims which will add value to the study.
  5. To identify enabling factors and barriers which influence the implementation of the relevant policies and programme initiatives. These may include prison culture and perceived prioritisation of the issues, and organisational elements such as varying systems and structures in different prisons.
  6. To examine interactive effects between varying prevention and screening interventions and health promotion initiatives.
  7. To identify best practice and provide practical recommendations for future service and policy development, as well as identification of further research needs.

Lead Investigator

Susan McAskill, Institute for Social Marketing (ISM) at the University of Stirling and The Open University

Project Staff

Michelle Baybutt, Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit, UCLan

Funding Organisation

Department of Health