Spectrum scoop Best Clinical Team award at the 4th Health & Justice Summit

Spectrum’s healthcare team at HMP Full Sutton were crowned Best Clinical Team in Secure Environments at the 4th Health & Justice Summit in Cardiff on 10 November.

The two-day Summit, organised by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), awarded the Full Sutton healthcare team for promoting excellence in physical health through a new programme aimed at patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme focuses on improving quality of life and managing symptoms for patients with COPD, which causes breathlessness, fatigue and chronic coughing. Spectrum staff worked with prison gym instructors to design programmes improving patients’ strength and exercise tolerance, as well as helping them to slow the progression of the disease by making changes such as giving up smoking.

The Programme was targeted for men experiencing moderate to severe COPD, which can make it difficult to carry out daily activities and lead to fatigue. The team were also commended for strong partnership working, which enabled the programme to be implemented successfully in spite of the restrictions caused by the prison environment.

The award was collected on Spectrum’s behalf by Dr. Nat Wright, who will be holding a workshop on GP responses to radicalisation and extremism on the final day of the Summit.

Spectrum’s Chief Executive Dr. Linda Harris, will hold a session of integrated models of care, and colleague Helen Parker will deliver a session on End of Life care in prison.