Reducing the risk of a rising STI

Efforts to tackle a rise in what was a declining sexually transmitted infection (STI) are being led by Spectrum Community Health CIC to dispel misconceptions and reduce risk. Once thought of as an old-school disease, Syphilis is becoming more prevalent across the UK with 7,000 cases reported in 2017 and a 20% rise in cases […]

A new Wakefield service supports survivors of domestic abuse

A new service to help victims of domestic abuse is to be launched to support victims of domestic abuse in the Wakefield District. The Domestic Abuse Navigator Service (DAN) will provide personalised support for those who are affected by repeated incidents of abuse. It will support victims who may be isolated, have low self-esteem and […]

Nursing Times award in sight for Teenage Pregnancy project.

Janet Oxley, Specialist Nurse at Barnsley Integrated Sexual Health, has been shortlisted in the ‘Nursing in the Community’ category for her work on the ‘The Teenage Pregnancy Pathway’ (TPP) TPP is a multi-agency initiative developed by Janet to reduce the number of pregnant teenagers who go on to have subsequent pregnancies. The project combines contraception […]

Spectrum Sexual Health Nurse becomes a ‘Queen’s Nurse’

Siobhan Andrewartha, a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Barnsley Sexual Health Services, picked up a Queen’s Nurse award earlier this week for developing an outstanding project to support asylum-seeking women. The  ‘Women’s Group for Asylum-Seeking Women’ was first started back in April 2017 and successfully helped asylum seeking women in the Barnsley area gain access to […]

We’re supporting Karen’s North Yorkshire Relay!

Staff from North Yorkshire Horizons, the county’s integrated substance misuse service, are taking part in an ambitious 180-mile fundraising challenge to raise money for York Hospital’s Magnolia Centre. The North Yorkshire Relay was organised by the service in support of Karen Jordan, (pictured left), Clinical Team Leader within North Yorkshire Horizons, who was diagnosed with […]

Protect your sexual health over the Christmas period

Spectrum Community Health CIC is urging residents to look after their sexual health over the festive season by being careful at a time when drinking alcohol increases with the festivities. Alcohol can alter a person’s perception in certain situations meaning they might take more risks including not using a condom. When intoxicated it might be […]

Well Women Centre host the Winter Wellbeing Day

On Tuesday 5th December, the Well Women Centre is hosting a very special Winter Wellbeing Day in Wakefield. The day offers a chance to learn more about staying physically and mentally healthy during the winter, a chance to make your own bath salts and most importantly, the opportunity to talk to others in a safe […]

Prison nurses make the shortlist for the Guardian Public Service Awards

We’re wishing the best of luck to Spectrum’s prison nursing team tonight, who are finalists for the Guardian Public Service Awards in central London. The Guardian Public Service Awards have been held annually since 2003, celebrating public servants across a range of sectors including care, housing, finance, recruitment and HR. With an expected audience of […]

Spectrum attends the 5th Health & Justice Summit

Spectrum will join clinical experts across the UK in shining a light on prison healthcare at the 5th Health and Justice Summit from 27th-28th November. The Health and Justice Summit is one of the largest networking events in the healthcare industry, bringing together clinicians from across the UK to discuss key areas of research, best […]

WY-FI Project Navigator is commended for supporting vulnerable people

A Navigator from Spectrum’s Wakefield WY-FI service has received a Commendation from West Yorkshire Police for the team’s work to build safer communities, including through supporting better access to services for vulnerable people. Jamie Hayward (pictured), a Navigator for West Yorkshire: Finding Independence (WY:FI) joined colleagues at the District Commander’s Awards on 22nd November, led […]