Outstanding: Care Quality Commission praises North Yorkshire Horizons

Clinical care in North Yorkshire Horizons, the specialist drug and alcohol service for the county, has been rated “Outstanding”, with outcomes that were above the national average, in a report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In November 2018, a two-day inspection by the CQC found that clinical support provided by the substance misuse […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wakefield charity GASPED receives a lifeline from Spectrum

Spectrum Community Health CIC has extended a lifeline to GASPED, a highly regarded Wakefield-based charity which supports the families of people affected by drug and/or alcohol misuse. GASPED had been facing closure following a significant reduction in the funding it receives. Under the new partnership arrangement, GASPED will see funding secured for a further 18 months from […]

Spectrum Learn & Develop launches

Spectrum Learn & Develop launches Substance Misuse training to extend under transfer from RCGP to Spectrum Learn & Develop Healthcare professionals nationally are set to benefit from an exciting new venture by the RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners), who will transfer the management and coordination of its popular Substance Misuse and Associated Health (SMAH) […]

‘New’ sexually transmitted infection (STI) Mycoplasma Genitalium – should you be worried?

Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG) is a bacterium that might be linked to genital urinary diseases in men and women. Recently experts have identified MG to be sexually transmitted making this the latest STI for us all to think about. At the moment, it is quite likely that any symptoms are actually due to STIs such as […]

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 […]