I heard on Monday that a veteran I had been seeing in my previous job had passed away. He was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease (HD), an autosomal, dominantly inherited and progressive neurodegenerative disorder usually presenting in adulthood with 25% of all cases late onset and 5-10% juvenile onset. HD has no gender preponderance, has a worldwide prevalence of 5-10 per 100,00 with 8 cases per 1000,00 in the united Kingdom although its’ true prevalence is unknown especially in the elderly.
Together with our Project Nova (Walking with the wounded) colleagues we successfully liaised with the Burton Addiction Centre for a veteran to undergo formal assessment prior to his ongoing clinical management. It is hoped this will be the beginning of another collaborative partnership.
Our NHS/CaC Nottingham Offender Health initiative has been further extended following the excellent work by Dr Jane Jones our clinical lead. We look forward to formulating research questions early in the New Year prior to embarking upon an NHS/CaC research project.
We are receiving an increasing number of requests from both prisons and external agencies across all regions to present our work which obviously is complementary and widens our base of operations.
The regions are working towards ensuring all our mentors are deployed with HQ with our Steve our prison lead providing support as necessary in order to overcome any obstacles.
As we enter the festive season our workload is likely to increase given for veterans in prison this can often be a difficult time. Jim will be visiting HMP Winchester just prior to Xmas which is now becoming an established annual event that both staff and veterans very much look forward to.
Sam and Rob attended the SToMPT Annual Awards Evening on Wednesday 06 December and it was good to witness the good work of our colleagues being duly recognised.
Live long and prosper