Entries by Amy Johnson

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, […]

Top tips for staying safe over Christmas

Spectrum is urging partygoers to stay safe ahead of “Mad Friday”, the busiest party night of the year. Traditionally the last Friday before Christmas, “Mad Friday” marks the beginning of the festive party season but can often be marred by heavy drinking. It can be tempting to indulge when you’re out with friends and family […]

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 […]

Spectrum in the “top 1000” companies to inspire Britain

Spectrum has been named as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses. To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming […]

Official launch for South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service

The South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service, which is led by Humankind in partnership with Spectrum, has been formally launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony in South Shields. Humankind Area Manager, Amy Cummings, said: “We were joined by numerous local partners and stakeholders who came to share, coffee, cake and ideas on how we can further develop […]

Time to talk? New wellbeing group in North Yorkshire

Our North Yorkshire Horizons service has launched a Men’s Support Group in Scarborough. The peer support group aims to provide a safe and confidential place to talk, raise self-confidence and share ideas and coping strategies. Recovery Coordinator John Lawless set up the group to improve openness around mental health for men. He says: “Having had […]

Four years of North Yorkshire Horizons

North Yorkshire Horizons clients, volunteers and staff have been celebrating the service’s fourth anniversary with a series of events. North Yorkshire’s free, confidential services have engaged with over 3000 service users since 2014 and have been shortlisted multiple times for national healthcare awards – including winning at the Nursing Times Awards in 2016. The Horizons […]

Alcohol Awareness Week: time to change your drinking?

19th-25th November is national Alcohol Awareness Week This year’s campaign focuses on alcohol and change, helping more people to seek support if they’re struggling with problem drinking and make small, manageable lifestyle changes to boost their long-term health. Across services, Spectrum is sharing key messages around: Recognising problem drinking Increasing access to support services Taking […]

Drinking among young people is in ‘sharp decline’

The University of Sheffield has published a new report exploring the ‘sharp decline’ in rates of youth drinking. Based on previously available public data, “Youth Drinking in Decline” brings together information from two recent surveys to present a picture of the downturn in alcohol use among young people. The report found a “significant decline” in […]

Spectrum wins at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards

Spectrum was proud to win the “Best Wellbeing and Staff Engagement initiative” Award at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards on 4th October. This award for our Workforce Wellness Programme is a fantastic endorsement of the commitment Spectrum has to Staff Health & Wellbeing, which is one of our business priorities. The Workforce Wellness Programme offers in-depth […]