Offender health team's latest recruits

Meet our latest recruits - PAT dogs Cooper and Spud


The Trust’s offender health mental health teams are pleased to announce the arrival of two new team members – PAT dogs Cooper and Spud. 

The PAT (Pets As Therapy) dogs will help Trust staff working in prisons across the region support offenders who have mental ill health; petting animals is believed to cause the release of endorphins (feel-good neurotransmitters) which can have an extremely positive impact in patients dealing with depressive disorders.

Interactions with animals are considered to offer benefits to people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and challenging psychiatric disorders. 

Cooper and Spud will start work at HMP Holme House in Stockton-on-Tees and have joined the team as part of the Trust’s partnership with the Rethink Mental Illness service which provides a resettlement service in seven prisons in the north east.