Impact

Our research aims to inform clinical and educational practice and public policy. We work closely with multiple stakeholders (e.g., the Department of Health, NHS commissioners, Parliamentary Groups, Ministry of Justice, Department of Education) to ensure that our research findings translate directly to social change, both nationally and internationally. Here you will find some examples of our work.

CCNR Research and Criminal Justice

Prof Williams has presented research findings to a range of organisations involved in the justice system, from All Party Parliamentary Groups, service providers (National Offender Management Service) and Regulators (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons; Office of the Children’s; Commissioner) - resulting in  a range of activities that has helped shaped public policy and justice system practice. Critically, adoption of new measures for identifying of neuro-developmental problems in  young people in custody and new guidelines for commissioning services for these groups produced by the Royal College of Child Health and Paediatrics.

Currently he is working closely with the Criminal Justice and Acquired Brain Injury Group (Chaired by Lord Ramsbotham) and with the British Psychological Society (as Deputy Chair of the Division of neuropsychology, Policy Unit, an Chair of Brain Injury and Justice group) to help inform debate on legislation in the Houses of Parliament on neuro-developmental issues and justice (e.g. on the Child and Family Bill, Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill etc.).

Prof Williams, and colleagues in Paris, Docteur Mathilde Chevignard, le Docteur Eric Durand, et le Professeur Pradat-Diehl, recently produced a revised version of the Repairing Shattered Lives report with a view to improve detection and management of brain injuries in France.

CCNR Research and Dementia

Dr Llewellyn's ongoing work on the natural history of neurocognitive dysfunction has led to a number of new insights that have attracted international media attention (e.g. New York Times, CNN, Time magazine, ITV, BBC). For example, his discoveries relating to the link between low serum vitamin D levels and dementia have contributed to guidelines for european policy makers. His work on the Mediterranean diet and dementia risk was used to emphasize the potential importance of diet in open letters from the scientific community to Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ahead of the G8 Dementia Summit.