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NHS ENGLAND COMMISSIONS BREAKING FREE GROUP’S JUSTICE INTERVENTIONS FOR PRISONS

May 2018

Breaking Free Group’s evidence-based digital interventions for addressing substance misuse and smoking have been commissioned by NHS England for implementation in prisons.   

Breaking Free from Substance Use (Justice), our prison-specific digital intervention for recovery from alcohol and drug dependence, is being implemented in the North-East prison cluster: HMP Deerbolt, HMP Durham, HMP Holme House, HMP Frankland, HMP Kirklevington, HMP Lower Newton and HMP Northumberland. 

Alongside this, Breaking Free from Smoking (Justice), the digital smoking cessation programme we developed for prisons going smoke-free, is being implemented in the North-East cluster and in prisons across England: HMP Birmingham, HMP Channings Wood, HMP Coldingley, HMP Haverigg, HMP Humber, HMP New Hall, HMP Nottingham, HMP Maidstone and HMP Thameside.

Glyn Davies, Service Development Director at Breaking Free Group, commented: “We’re very excited to be working with NHS England to implement the world’s first digital smoking cessation programme for prisons alongside our proven substance misuse programme. NHS England has recognised the potential for digital behaviour change interventions to meet the significant health challenges of the prisoner population and facilitate healthier lifestyle choices. 

"Prisons are now recognising they cannot rely solely on giving out e-cigarettes or NRT to smokers. It's essential to provide clinically-robust behavioural support too. Equally, they need to help more prisoners address their alcohol and drug dependence given its impact on safety in prisons and reoffending in the community. This innovative digital approach offers a real opportunity to reduce the huge burden of health-associated costs whilst also making prisons safer.”

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BREAKING FREE GROUP PRESENTS AT LEADING INTERNATIONAL CORRECTIONS CONFERENCE

May 2018

Breaking Free Group was invited by the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) to present at their 2nd Correctional Research Symposium, held in Prague. 

Dr Sarah Elison-Davies, Research Director at Breaking Free Group, presented clinical outcomes from the evaluation of our Breaking Free from Substance Use (Justice) programme in UK prisons. Her presentation also explained the approach taken to evaluating these outcomes, which was informed by the UK Medical Research Council’s framework for developing and evaluating complex interventions.

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BREAKING FREE GROUP APPOINTED A VENDOR OF RECORD BY ONTARIO TELEMEDICINE NETWORK

March 2018

Breaking Free Group has been appointed a Vendor of Record by Ontario Telemedicine Network for the provision of digital solutions for addictions for an initial period of five years.

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, OTN is a not-for-profit organisation whose role is to bring virtual care innovation into the healthcare system of Ontario. It has become a global leader in telemedicine and connected care.

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BREAKING FREE GROUP ENHANCES ITS CUSTOMER SERVICE PROVISION

January 2018

Breaking Free Group has strengthened the support we provide to our customers by appointing Ismail Jan as our new Customer Service Executive. 

Based in our Birmingham office, Ismail’s role is not only to respond to the needs of the agencies that utilise our digital health solutions, but also to engage services proactively to help them maximise the reach and impact of the interventions for their service users and staff.

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