Spectrum receives Bronze Award for Lived Experience Charter pilot

Spectrum CIC has received a Bronze Award for our commitment to the Lived Experience Charter, improving opportunities for people with lived experience of criminal justice.

Spectrum is one of six organisations to take part in NHS England’s Charter pilot project, which asked organisations to review their policies, practices and environment to better support the inclusive recruitment of people with lived experience of criminal justice.

Achieving this recognition through the Lived Experience Charter enables us to:

  • Demonstrate our commitment to employing people with lived experience of the criminal justice system
  • Provide opportunities for people with lived experience
  • Increase job roles for people with lived experience
  • Demonstrate that we have implemented the Lived Experience Charter Values, Standards and Practices

Our work as part of this Charter has focused on HMP Lancaster Farms, one of our North West prison services. Spectrum was keen to be involved with the NHS pilot, whilst remaining realistic about the challenges and barriers to employment that people with lived experience of criminal justice still face.

Dr Linda Harris, Spectrum’s Chief Executive, says, “On behalf of Spectrum, I am delighted and proud to accept the Lived Experience Charter Bronze Award for our work with People with Lived Experience of Criminal Justice at HMP Lancaster Farms.

“Our patients and staff are the heartbeat of our organisation and we are committed to ensuring we co-produce our improvements in care and recruitment. We are listening intently to the needs of our population as we go about this charter mark, providing us with a brilliant framework to aspire for even higher standards and ultimately embrace the charter mark across all Spectrum sites.”