Entries by Amy Johnson

Transform Research Alliance: ‘Rapid Review’ explores domestic abuse

Spectrum’s Transform Research Alliance publishes Rapid Reviews which explore research on diverse topics. This month, we’re taking a look at Domestic Abuse. September’s Rapid Review began by analysing the results of 33 published journal articles and reviews  on intimate partner violence (IPV) against women. Risk and protective factors The research identified positive risk factors for […]

Transform Research Alliance: ‘Rapid Review’ explores E-health Interventions

Spectrum is a key member of Transform Research Alliance, a charitable organisation which conducts evidence-based research. Recently, they conducted a Rapid Review on E-Health interventions for Mental Health. Examining the evidence “E-Health” interventions use digital tools and technologies to provide mental health support for patients, alongside or in place of other mental health programmes. Using […]

Sexual Health Week: spotlight on RSE

To celebrate Sexual Health Week, Spectrum is spotlighting Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and exploring ways that we can support teachers, parents and young people in recognising the value of RSE. We believe passionately that everyone has the right to learn about relationships and sex education in a safe and supportive environment, where they feel able […]

Raising awareness of CSE: our early intervention Programme

Spectrum’s Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) team are finalists in the 2020 Patient Safety Awards, which will take place in November. The team were shortlisted in the “Education and Training” category for their new CSE Respect Programme, which offers 1:1 and group support for vulnerable young people who have risk factors for child sexual exploitation […]

Spectrum leads Wakefield WY-FI

​​​​​​​After receiving 12 months of funding through Wakefield Council, Spectrum is now leading Wakefield WY-FI. ​​​ What is WY-FI? West Yorkshire: Finding Independence (WYFI) launched in 2014, aiming to support vulnerable people who faced barriers in accessing services. Originally funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the project linked agencies across the county to help […]

International Overdose Awareness Day

31st August marked International Overdose Awareness Day. Accidental overdose is a growing problem. In 2019, over 4000 people in England and Wales lost their lives to drug overdose – the highest figure since comparative records began in 1993. The Office for National Statistics estimates that of that number, almost 80% of deaths due to drug misuse are […]

New report monitors the largest antibody testing programme for COVID-19

A new report tracking the progress of the world’s largest home antibody testing programme has been published by the Department of Health. Over 100,000 volunteers have taken part in antibody testing programme for coronavirus, which tracks the spread of COVID-19 across England following the first peak of the pandemic. All of the volunteers tested themselves […]

Contactless scheme supports rough sleepers in Harrogate

A contactless payment scheme launched by Harrogate Street Aid has raised over £5,300 for rough sleepers, awarding a grant of £500 to one of our service users in North Yorkshire Horizons. Based in Harrogate town centre, a contactless terminal allows the public to make direct donations which are combined into a larger sum and distributed […]

Spectrum services mark World Hepatitis Day

On Tuesday 28th July, Spectrum marked World Hepatitis Day with a host of events across our secure and community services. Secure Services In HMP Durham, we worked alongside Humankind and the Hepatitis C Trust and managed to test 170 men throughout the day. Spectrum staff visited all wings encouraging men to take part in the […]

Service changes as a result of Coronavirus

As pressure mounts on healthcare providers to tackle the Coronavirus, Spectrum remains committed to ensuring the safety of our patients, service users and staff, and the communities in which we work, whilst keeping our essential services running. Sexual Health Services Across our sexual health services, Spectrum has temporarily suspended Walk-In Clinics and introduced telephone consultations […]