Spectrum Community Health CIC History

  • 5 Years of Spectrum!

    5 Years of Spectrum! The company has grown hugely, tripled its staff base, extended its reach across the North of England and expanded its portfolio of services.

    New clinic launch at Trinity Walk, Wakefield

    Our Wakefield sexual health team moves into new premises at Trinity Walk Clinic, Wakefield.

  • Finalists at the Royal College of Nursing Awards

    Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service is selected as finalists at the Royal College of Nursing Awards.

  • Dr Linda Harris speaks at International Substance Misuse Conference

    Dr. Linda Harris travels to Tajikistan to be a speaker at an International Substance Misuse Conference, organised by the RCGP.

    ISO quality marks retained

    We retain the Spectrum ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality marks that demonstrate our ability to deliver quality services to our service users.

  • Snowball White performance

    Spectrum People launches its hard-hitting ‘Snowball White’ performance by service users.

    Retain contract for HMP & YOI Styal

    We win and retain the contract for healthcare services at HMP & YOI Styal.

  • Finalist at the Nursing Times Awards

    Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service is a finalist at the Nursing Times Awards.

    Team Excellence category at the Macmillan Awards

    Spectrum is part of the award-winning Head & Neck Cancer team, who top the Team Excellence category at the Macmillan Awards.

    First mobile unit Staff Health Day

    We hold our first mobile unit Staff Health Day within a prison – at HMP & YOI Styal.

    Finalist at the national GP Awards

    Spectrum’s GP and Nursing team at HMP & YOI Styal is a finalist at the national GP Awards.

    Award from Yvette Cooper MP

    Spectrum’s work with Community Alcohol Partnerships wins an award from Yvette Cooper MP.

    New service in Wakefield

    We launch our new Wakefield Sexual Health service.

    Spectrum sponsors 3rd RCGP Health & Justice Summit

    Spectrum sponsors the 3rd RCGP Health & Justice Summit in London.

  • Official launch in Navigation Walk

    Spectrum has an official launch event at its new headquarter in Navigation Walk.

    RSE extended in the Barnsley District

    Our RSE team extends its successful Yearbook educational performance to students in the Barnsley District.

  • Appletree Allotment launch

    Spectrum People launches its new Appletree Allotment & Community Garden.

  • New service at HMP & YOI New Hal

    HMP & YOI New Hall launch a new sexual health service.

  • Barnsley Sexual health team moves into Gateway Plaza clinic

    Our new sexual health team in Barnsley moves into the Gateway Plaza clinic in the town centre.

    Silver Award at the RHS Tatton Flower Show

    The team at HMP & YOI Styal wins the Silver Award at the RHS Tatton Flower Show.

    New Head Office at One Navigation Walk.

    We move into our new Head Office premises at One Navigation Walk.

  • glowing CQC report for HMP & YOI New Hall

    Our team at HMP & YOI New Hall receive a glowing CQC and HMIP Inspection Report.

    Great Yorkshire Bike Ride sponsored again

    Spectrum sponsors the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride for the second year running.

    Official launch event for Inspiring Recovery

    An official launch event is held for the new Inspiring Recovery service in Wakefield.

    Agbrigg Allotments Project launch

    Spectrum People launch the Agbrigg Allotments Project for its service users to participate in.

    Spectrum People Café facility launch

    Spectrum People launch their new Café facility at Wakefield Indoor Markets for service users.

    Services launched at HMP Full Sutton

    We launch healthcare services at HMP Full Sutton.

  • Contract win to provide Sexual Health services in Wakefield

    We win and retain the contract to deliver Sexual Health services for the Wakefield District.

    New Clinical Research Directorate

    We set up our new Clinical Research Directorate.

  • Contract win for HMP Liverpool & HMP Kennett

    We win the contract to be a partner healthcare provider for HMP Liverpool & HMP Kennett. (We later decline the contract as we have a commitment to focus on growth with Compromise on Quality or Social Value).

    Services launched in North East Prison Cluster

    Our healthcare services for the North East Prison Cluster are launched.

    Sexual health services launched in Barnsley

    We launch our Integrated Sexual Health Services for the Barnsley District.

    Inspiring Recovery launched

    ‘Inspiring Recovery’, the newly re-modelled integrated substance misuse service for the Wakefield District is launched.

  • RSE wins Pamela Sheridan Award at the National Sexual Health Awards

    Our Relationship and Sexual Education programme at HMP & YOI Styal, which helps empower vulnerable women on sexual health issues, wins the Pamela Sheridan Award at the National Sexual Health Awards.

  • Bike Project Scheme launched in Castleford

    Following successful funding, Spectrum People officially launch the Bike Project Scheme to its service users in Castleford.

  • Healthcare services at HMP Full Sutton

    We win the contract to provide healthcare services at HMP Full Sutton.

    Contract win to provide Sexual Health services in Barnsley

    We win the contract to provide Sexual Health services across the Barnsley District.

    Contract win to provide GP and Pharmacy services

    We win the contract for providing GP and Pharmacy services and escort responsibility across 7 prisons in the North East Prison Cluster.

    Spectrum retains ISO marks

    We retain the Spectrum ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality marks that demonstrate our ability to deliver quality services to our service users.

    MP visits Spectrum

    Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP visits Spectrum to learn about the excellent work, innovation and wide range of healthcare services we provide.

    Spectrum joins Transform Research Alliance

    Spectrum becomes one of the founding members of the Transform Research Alliance with City Hull Partnerships CIC. Members include YourHealthcare CIC, Provide CIC, SEQOL CIC, 6 Degrees CIC, Community Dental Services CIC, Locala CIC, Nottingham City Care CIC, Navigo CIC, Medway CIC, Ace CIC and Chums CIC.

  • Support to Pinderfields Hospital for Mad Friday

    Spectrum provides support to Pinderfields General Hospital Emergency Department over Mad Friday, through the Spectrum Connects mobile health and wellbeing unit.

    Head and Neck Cancer support

    We begin to provide enhanced nursing services at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, delivering Head and Neck Cancer support.

  • Finalist as ‘Chief Executive of the Year’

    Dr. Linda Harris is a finalist as ‘Chief Executive of the Year’ at the HSJ Awards.

    Finalists at the HSJ Awards

    Our Relationship and Sexual Education team at HMP & YOI Styal are finalists at the HSJ Awards for the highly commended ‘Primary Care and Community Redesign category’.

    Contract win for Substance Misuse Services

    We retain our Substance Misuse Services contract in the Wakefield District, working alongside our partner Turning Point.

  • Social Impact Award

    We win the Social Impact Award at the Yorkshire and Humber Social Enterprise Awards.

    Awarded the ‘Death in Custody service’

    We are awarded the ‘Death in Custody service’ to cover the whole of the North of England.

    WYFI services launched

    We launch our West Yorkshire Finding Independence services for the Wakefield District.

    Finalist at the Nursing Times Awards

    Karen Jordan is a finalist at the Nursing Times Awards for Nurse of the Year.  The RSE team at HMP & YOI Styal are finalists at the Nursing Times Awards for ‘Nursing In the Community category’

    New partnership with North Yorkshire Horizons

    We begin our new partnership with North Yorkshire Horizons service (alongside with DISC, Lifeline Project, the Cambridge Centre and Changing Lives).

    Mental Health Movement for the Wakefield District.

    On World Mental Health Day, Spectrum launches the Mental Health Movement for the Wakefield District.

  • Healthcare services at Pennine House Immigration Removal Centre

    We take over the healthcare services at Pennine House Immigration Removal Centre near Manchester Airport.

    Finalist at the Wakefield District Business Awards

    Our Wellbeing Team Leader, Karen Jordan, is a finalist for Employee of the Year at the Wakefield District Business Awards.

  • PCC grant for Bike Recycling project

    We receive a grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner for our Bike Recycling project for Spectrum People services.

    Stroke Awareness event in Wakefield City Centre

    Stroke Awareness, a major awareness raising event, led by Spectrum, is held in Wakefield City Centre, with end-to-end services represented at our mobile unit. Partners include SWYFT, Mid Yorks and the Stroke Association

    Team wins at the RHS Tatton Flower Show

    The team at HMP & YOI Styal wins Silver-Gilt at the RHS Tatton Flower Show.

  • Great Yorkshire Bike Ride sponsorship

    Spectrum sponsors the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride.

    Contract win at HMP Wakefield

    We win the contract to deliver to provide Non-Clinical Substance Misuse Services at HMP Wakefield.

  • Contract win at HMP & YOI Askham Grange

    We take over healthcare services at HMP & YOI Askham Grange.

    Integrated Business Plan

    We launch our first Integrated Business Plan for 2014-2017 with our primary focus to grow without compromise on Quality or Social Value.

  • Spectrum Council announced

    Our new Spectrum Staff Council is announced following staff voting.

    RCGP Prison Quality Practice Award

    We achieve the full accreditation for the RCGP Prison Quality Practice Award at HMP & YOI New Hall.

    Win at BJN awards

    Our Cardio Vascular Disease Project at HMP Wakefield beats 45 other entries to win the Innovation Category at the BJN Awards.

  • Spectrum leads WYFI

    The Big Lottery Fund awards £9.8m to the West Yorkshire Finding Independence programme (WY-FI) to help us support vulnerable people with complex issues. Spectrum leads the Wakefield arm of the project.

    New head-office

    Due to Spectrum’s growth, we move premises to our new Head Office at White Rose House in Wakefield

    Mobile unit launched

    Our Relationship & Sexual Education Team holds our first ever Spectrum Connects Mobile Health Day at Cathedral Academy, showcasing our new innovative way of engaging with students.

  • ISO quality marks

    We achieve the Spectrum ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality marks that demonstrate our ability to deliver quality services to our service users.

    Restructured Sexual Health services

    We restructure and improve our Contraception and Sexual Health services within Wakefield.

  • Second at the Best Practice Conference

    November. Our HealthCare Team at HMP Wakefield win second place at the Best Practice Conference for its work on Cardiovascular Disease.

  • Prison Quality Practice Award

    October. The healthcare team at HMP & YOI New Hall is awarded the very first Prison Quality Practice Award by the RCGP.

  • New shareholder model

    September. Our Shareholders vote in favour of the move to a new shareholder model and the setup of a new Internal Employee Spectrum Council to help facilitate changes and improvements.

  • RCGP Inspectors visit

    August. RCGP Inspectors visit the healthcare team at HMP & YOI New Hall to assess for the new Prison Quality Practice Award – a new national standard, which is being piloted by Spectrum.

  • Second ‘Spectrums got Talent’

    July. We hold our second employee staff awards evening ‘Spectrums Got Talent’ event celebrating our employee’s hard work, commitment, partnership working and innovation.

    Spectrum People become charity

    July. Spectrum People are awarded official Charity status.

  • First Health Day event

    June. First Health Day event held at HMP & YOI Styal.

    Alcohol Liaison Service contract

    June. We win the contract to pilot a new Alcohol Liaison Service at Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield.

  • Healthcare services launch

    April. Spectrum healthcare services at HMP & YOI Styal are launched.

  • 100 weeks since Spectrum launched

    March. We hold our first Staff Conference, at 100 weeks since Spectrum launched and begin to define our Corporate Values.

  • Homeless Advocacy Project case study

    February. Our Homeless Advocacy Project is invited to the House of Commons as a model case study.

    Spectrum are Investors in People

    February. Spectrum is awarded Investors In People status.

    Building Health Partnerships project

    February. We become a member of the Building Health Partnerships project bringing together local CCG’s and third sector organisations in the local area.

  • Spectrum win big contract

    January. We win the contract to provide healthcare services at HMP & YOI Styal.

  • Fist staff survey

    December. We undertake our first Staff Survey.

    ‘Positive about Disabled People’ award

    December. We are awarded the ‘Positive about Disabled People’ Quality Mark.

  • Creativity and Innovation Award

    November. Our Cardio Vascular Disease Nurse, Michelle Bennett, wins the British Heart Foundation’s Creativity and Innovation Award.

    ‘Creative Minds meets Spectrum People’

    November. Our ‘Creative Minds meets Spectrum People’ event showcases the great work being done to help vulnerable people in the local area.

  • Yearbook play

    October. Our Relationship and Sexual Education Team launches its Yearbook play, educating over 1400 Secondary School pupils about relationships and sexual health in the local area.

    Homeless Advocacy Project

    October. Our Wellbeing Team is a finalist in the Mediplex Innovation Awards and launches its Homeless Advocacy Project in the local area.

  • Launch of Caring Garden scheme

    September. Spectrum People launch its Caring Garden Scheme, an allotment plot available to its service users.

  • ‘Spectrums got Talent’

    July. We hold our first employee staff awards evening ‘Spectrums Got Talent’ event celebrating our employee’s hard work, commitment, partnership working and innovation.

  • First Annual General Meeting

    June. We hold our first Annual General Meeting with our newly appointed Board Members.

  • New mobile health and wellbeing unit

    April. Spectrum purchases a new mobile health and wellbeing unit ‘Spectrum Connects’ and holds its first Annual Health Day at HMP & YOI New Hall.

  • Spectrum officially launches

    November. Spectrum has its official launch event at the Hepworth Gallery.

  • Spectrum become pilot for Government scheme

    We become a pilot for the Government’s Payment by Results scheme.

  • Spectrum Community Health CIC is born

    April. Spectrum Community Health CIC is born, offering a range of health and wellbeing services within community and secure environment settings in the Wakefield District.

  • Wellbeing team are finalists

    January. The Wellbeing team is one of the finalists at the RCN Frontline First Awards, Innovation in Nursing category.

  • Recruitment for Non-Executive Directors begins

    September. Recruitment begins for two Non-Executive Directors, who will take up positions on the new Spectrum Community Health Board.

  • WISMS take further steps to become a Social Enterprise

    March. More steps on the road to become a Social Enterprise. A Business Plan and Strategy of Services are developed.

  • WISMS take first step to become a Social Enterprise

    November. WISMS is one of a small group of projects to get the go-ahead to take the first step to become a social enterprise, under the ‘Right to Request’, a Department of Health initiative.

  • WISMS becomes national

    April. Wakefield Integrated Substance Misuse Services (WISMS) becomes a national Integrated Care Organisation Pilot for the Department of Health. The team beat off competition from 100 applicants to be one of just 16 chosen across the country. The aim of the two year pilot was to explore different ways in..Read more

  • Service user led-Merlin project launch

    The service user-led Merlin project is launched to focus on substance misuse rehabilitation and social re-integration. It involves bringing service users together to reconstruct a local Iron Age roundhouse style building. Service users who have been involved in the project to date have gained valuable life and practical skills. It..Read more

  • ‘Right to Request’ is introduced

    November. The Government’s ‘Right to Request’ is introduced. This allows services in the NHS to become social enterprises. This is the scheme that eventually allows Spectrum to be launched.

  • Wakefiled Alcohol Treatment Requirement launches

    August. The Community Safety Partnership launches the Wakefield Alcohol Treatment Requirement, a partnership between the Wakefield Alcohol Team and West Yorkshire Probation. A two year pilot, it aims to help motivate individuals to change alcohol related criminal behaviour through a combination of legal supervision and alcohol treatment.

  • WISMS is established

    Wakefield Integrated Substance Misuse Services (WISMS) is established by Wakefield NHS Primary Care Trust. Dr. Linda Harris is its Clinical Director. Services were operated by 13 staff offering much needed treatment and advice services for people with drugs and alcohol-related problems in the local area.