Entries by Amy Johnson

Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service nominated for the HSJ Awards!

Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service has been shortlisted for the Health Service Journal Awards, which will take place in London on 6th November. Reaching the final stages of the awards is a fantastic achievement for our nurse-led ALS Service, which supports patients in Pinderfields Hospital to learn about safer drinking and reduce their risk of alcohol-related […]

Finalists in the Nursing Times Workforce Awards

On 25th September, two senior leaders from Spectrum were finalists at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards!  Heads of Healthcare Stella and Kelly (pictured) attended the glittering Nursing Times ceremony at the Brewery in London, where they were shortlisted for their fantastic work leading prison healthcare services. Although Spectrum didn’t win on this occasion, it’s a […]

Raising awareness on Multiple Disadvantage Day

On 3rd July, Spectrum’s WY-FI Navigators will join 11 other organisations to mark the first ever Multiple Disadvantage Day – a day to recognise the challenges which face people with complex needs and raise awareness of support. ‘Multiple Disadvantage’ is the term used when a person experiences a combination of homelessness, addiction, re-offending or mental […]

County Durham service offers new Naloxone training for custody officers

Members of the Durham Drug and Alcohol Service have been involved in delivering pioneering Naloxone training to custody officers from the Durham Constabulary. Naloxone is a powerful opioid reversal drug which can reverse the effects of an overdose within seconds – and can even save lives. Although it is typically administered by paramedics and other […]

“Beyond Symptom” conference explores the treatment of addiction

Spectrum’s Chief Executive, Linda Harris, will join colleagues from York Drug & Alcohol Service on 7th June at the UKCP’s conference “Beyond Symptom” – an exploration of addiction, dependency and connection. As part of a full-day event exploring addiction and dependency, Linda will speak on the topic of recovery-orientated care – ensuring that service users […]

Outstanding: Care Quality Commission praises North Yorkshire Horizons

Clinical care in North Yorkshire Horizons, the specialist drug and alcohol service for the county, has been rated “Outstanding”, with outcomes that were above the national average, in a report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In November 2018, a two-day inspection by the CQC found that clinical support provided by the substance misuse […]

Partnership ‘toddler group’ brings community together

Spectrum People has successfully launched a Toddler Group as the latest of our intergenerational projects, working in partnership with Yorkshire Housing and Think Cre8tive CIC. Based at Sherwood Court Extra Care Centre in Kettlethorpe, the toddler group takes place every Tuesday (9:15am-11:15am) and brings together local families and older residents to take part in fun […]

HMP Holme House becomes a Drugs Recovery prison in £9m pilot project

Justice Secretary David Gauke recently announced the £9million pilot project at HMP Holme House, aiming to tackle drugs in prison and help offenders to stay clean for good. The ground-breaking ‘Drug Recovery Prison’(DRP) pilot at HMP Holme House, which involves partnership working between the prison, Spectrum and several other healthcare partners, adopts a wide-ranging approach and […]

New Liaison and Diversion service supports those with mental health and learning disabilities

Three health and social care agencies have joined forces to provide liaison and diversion services across the region, which supports those going through the criminal justice system who require mental health or learning disability support. Existing providers mental health and learning disability Trust, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), alongside new partners, […]