Spectrum People join the crowds for Wakefield Armed Forces Day

Charity volunteers from Spectrum People joined community partners and families across the district to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Wakefield on 18 June. Led by Spectrum People Co-ordinator, Fran Taylor, the team of volunteers organised a book raffle to raise funds for the charity’s community initiatives across Wakefield (including the Café and Chat project, which […]

Spectrum makes the shortlist for the Patient Safety Awards

It’s awards season for Spectrum – and we’re kicking off spring in style with three shortlisted entries for the Patient Safety Awards. Spectrum’s Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) team has been chosen as a finalist in the Learning Disabilities category for their innovative sex education programme, which supports students to develop a better understanding of […]

Photo of Karen Jordan, Clinical team Leader of the Year finalist, Nursing Times Awards

Spectrum nurse shortlisted for national healthcare awards

A senior Spectrum nurse has been shortlisted as Nurse Leader of the Year at the Nursing Times Awards 2016. Karen Jordan leads a small team of Wellbeing nurses as part of North Yorkshire Horizons, the substance misuse service for North Yorkshire. She has 37 years of nursing experience and has pioneered a new approach to […]

Spectrum welcomes call to make sex education statutory in schools

Spectrum Community Health has welcomed the call by the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee to make relationship and sex education statutory in primary and secondary schools. The call comes after the committee published a report in September on ‘Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools’. The report outlines some deeply concerning evidences such […]

Spectrum charity launches the new ReCycle project

The Spectrum People Bike Project was reborn as ReCycle on 23 September, relaunching under a new name to mark fantastic success since the project began. Spectrum’s Chief Executive, Linda Harris, joined charity Trustee Steven Michael and a host of staff, service users and volunteers to officially launch the new project at Reflections housing association, Castleford. […]

STI awareness must improve

As part of Sexual Health Week, Spectrum is driving awareness surrounding two lesser-known STIs, gonorrhoea and syphilis, especially because they can be hard to identify. Roughly 1 in 10 men and half of women infected with gonorrhoea won’t experience any obvious symptoms, whilst symptoms of syphilis can be very mild and change over time. Belinda […]

Dodgy kits give dodgy results

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an executive agency of the Department of Health, are reminding people to use only industry standard testing kits and condoms. As part of FPA’s Sexual Health Week, MHRA are asking people to avoid using counterfeit condoms and dodgy self-testing kits for HIV and STIs.  The agency is recommending […]

Sexual Health Week 2016

Spectrum’s sexual health teams have been on the move throughout September, promoting Sexual Health Awareness Week at sixth-form colleges across Wakefield and Barnsley. This year’s Sexual Health Week campaign was organised by the sex education charity Family Planning Association (FPA), emphasising a “back to basics” approach to STI awareness and encouraging providers to drive education […]

CQC inspection

The Inspiring Recovery service was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in two separate visits throughout September. Care Quality inspectors visited the Central clinic at Grosvenor House on 12 and 13 September, speaking to staff, partners and service users to assess the quality of care we provide. The CQC is the official health and social […]

Connecting Care Roadshows

Spectrum CIC will join a range of organisations in the Connecting Care partnership to launch a new series of roadshows early next year. The multi-partner project will see teams visit all 14 of the Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) Independent Living hubs to speak to older residents about topics relating to health and wellbeing, including […]