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 […]

Mens Health Week: A focus on numbers

From 10-16 June Spectrum is marking Men’s Health Week, with a focus on ‘health by numbers’. We are highlighting some key facts and figures relating to men’s sexual health: STIs In 2015, 94% of all syphilis diagnoses were men Since 2008,syphilis diagnoses have risen by 148% (from 2,874 to 7,137), mostly among gay, bisexual or […]

Success for Upskirting campaign as new law passes

A new law on ‘Upskirting’ has been introduced today that can see perpetrators face two years in prison and be added to the sex offenders register. Upskirting is a term used when someone takes a photograph under another person’s clothing without their knowledge or permission – with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks. […]

Wakefield sexual health project shortlisted for two awards

A project by Spectrum which is dedicated to the sexual health and wellbeing of commercial sex workers has been shortlisted for a HSJ Patient Safety Award and a RCNi Nurse Award. Led by Elaine Gallagher, Spectrum’s Outreach Coordinator, the project builds trusting relationships with sex workers to deliver services such as STI testing, health promotion, […]

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 […]

Spectrum celebrates visible recovery at the Annual Recovery Games

Spectrum Recovery Service staff and service users from across the North West joined the annual Recovery Games (organised by Aspire), this year held in Doncaster in August, sporting Spectrum’s new service branding. The Spectrum team competed in a range of challenges throughout the day, including a kayak relay, archery competition, Colour Run and climbing wall activity. This was […]

Spectrum hosts national NMP Forum

Spectrum hosted the National Substance Misuse Non-Medical Prescribing Forum in Wakefield in July. Nurses from Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service (based in Wakefield) led the regional meeting for Non-Medical Prescribers (NMPs), which focused on learning and development and sharing good practice. NMP’s from across the North of England learnt more about Alcohol Liaison Services and their […]

Safer Prescribing Conference

Over 80 guests attended Spectrum’s Safer Prescribing Event at the end of June, organised in partnership with NHS England. This event was aimed at prescribers and stakeholders working in secure environments across the North of England, covering several areas of best practice and focusing on harm prevention. Topics included Mental Health prescribing for patients with […]

International Overdose Awareness Day

31st August marked International Overdose Awareness Day. Accidental overdose is a growing problem. In 2017, 3,756 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 […]

Spectrum hosts third Recovery College

On Thursday 30th August, Spectrum was pleased to host the third Recovery College event in Wakefield. Held in Wakefield Town Hall, “A Celebration of Recovery” was a learning and networking event aiming to showcase the best of recovery services across Yorkshire and the North East. Spectrum welcomed over 50 guests to Wakefield Town Hall, as […]