Here we are in July fast approaching the first anniversary of the Qual-P study and we haven’t even introduced ourselves properly! Although the website went live back in January, just as we were gearing up to publish our first blog, the world changed. Prisons were locked down and visits suspended. The prison and probation service issued a statement to say that all non-Covid related research could not continue until further notice.
Back in March, we made the difficult decision to pause all our public-facing work, not just the interviews with health professionals and people with lived experience of prison. This included this blog and our plans to invite people with lived experience of prison to get involved with the research, give us feedback and generally help shape the study.
Now that lockdown has eased, we have some catching-up to do! Hot on the heels of this blog is an introduction to the Qual-P study: all your questions answered.
- What is Qual-P short for?
- What is it about?
- Why do we need a study like Qual-P?
We have some blogs that we wrote earlier in the year (before lockdown) that we will publish over the next few weeks. We’re also hoping you will get involved and there are several ways to do this. Last but not least, we’re very excited to announce that we are recruiting participants for the study: Sue (project researcher) will blog with more details soon. Make sure you don’t miss any blogs or study updates by following us on Twitter @Qual_P or sign-up to follow us via email using the button below:
In the meantime, we look forward to receiving your comments and questions!