Raising awareness on Multiple Disadvantage Day

On 3rd July, Spectrum’s WY-FI Navigators will join 11 other organisations to mark the first ever Multiple Disadvantage Day – a day to recognise the challenges which face people with complex needs and raise awareness of support. ‘Multiple Disadvantage’ is the term used when a person experiences a combination of homelessness, addiction, re-offending or mental […]

County Durham service offers new Naloxone training for custody officers

Members of the Durham Drug and Alcohol Service have been involved in delivering pioneering Naloxone training to custody officers from the Durham Constabulary. Naloxone is a powerful opioid reversal drug which can reverse the effects of an overdose within seconds – and can even save lives. Although it is typically administered by paramedics and other […]

Have Your Say On Condom Access In Barnsley

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council wants to hear from 16-25 year olds in the area to better understand how they get, or wish to get condoms. The survey is aimed at young people who are in, or have been in a sexual relationship and live, work or study in Barnsley borough. The survey takes around 5 […]

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 […]

“Beyond Symptom” conference explores the treatment of addiction

Spectrum’s Chief Executive, Linda Harris, will join colleagues from York Drug & Alcohol Service on 7th June at the UKCP’s conference “Beyond Symptom” – an exploration of addiction, dependency and connection. As part of a full-day event exploring addiction and dependency, Linda will speak on the topic of recovery-orientated care – ensuring that service users […]

Health Care For All – International Nurses Day 2019

Spectrum Community Health is celebrating International Nurses Day 2019, this Sunday 12 May. This important day celebrated across the globe, highlights the dedication, excellence and commitment of hard-working nurses to provide health care for all, and to both save and improve lives. Our award-winning nurses at Spectrum provide support to the community, caring for patients […]

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, […]

Young People in Barnsley to have more access to emergency contraception

Young people under 25 can pick up free Emergency Hormonal Contraception – commonly known as ‘the morning after pill’ – at a growing number of pharmacies in Barnsley thanks to a new sexual health scheme. The Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) Scheme is a new partnership between Spectrum Community Health, Barnsley Council and local pharmacies to […]

Young People in Wakefield to have more access to emergency contraception

Young people under 25 can pick up free Emergency Hormonal Contraception – commonly known as ‘the morning after pill’ – at a growing number of pharmacies in Wakefield thanks to a new sexual health scheme. The Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) Scheme is a new partnership between Spectrum Community Health, Wakefield Council and local pharmacies to […]