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 […]

The risk of potential exposure to Hepatitis C through sex

In January 2018, NHS England announced it would aim to eliminate hepatitis C by 2025, 5 years ahead of the WHO target. Numbers of patients receiving new oral treatments for the virus are already increasing year on year which has reduced the number of deaths by 10% and halved the number of patients needing a […]

Government debate discusses progress in eliminating hepatitis C

A government debate on the elimination of Hepatitis C will take place in Parliament today. The debate will discuss the UK’s progress towards global targets set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to eliminate hepatitis C as a major public health threat by 2030. NHS England is on track meet the target by 2025; five […]

Spectrum is shortlisted for the Patient Safety Awards 2018

We’re delighted to announce that Spectrum has been shortlisted for the Patient Safety Awards 2018! Spectrum’s “Building Recovery in the Community” team were selected as finalists for their fantastic work to support the rehabilitation and re-integration of service users  returning to the community after leaving prison. Based in four secure settings across the North West […]

18 March: Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day

Sunday 18th March is Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day. This day aims to highlight key issues surrounding CSE, encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to situations which put children at risk.   What is child sexual exploitation? Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual […]

New alert raises awareness of “Purple Drank” trend

The addiction support charity Addaction has issued an alert regarding a dangerous drinking trend which has been reported among some young people, known as “Purple Drank”. “Purple Drank” (sometimes known as ‘Lean’, ‘dirty Sprite’ or ‘Sizzurp’) is a potent mixture of legal over-the-counter medications (usually cough syrups) which some young people are combining with soft […]

Spectrum leads sexual health services in Wigan Borough

Today, Spectrum Community Health CIC begins as the new sexual health provider for Wigan Borough. Working in partnership with Wigan Council, Spectrum’s new service will deliver comprehensive sexual health support in several areas across the borough, providing: Advice on contraception and safe sex STI testing, treatment and support Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Chlamydia screening […]

Airedale students lead the way in a new project tackling under-age drinking

Students from Airedale Academy have taken part in a new community initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of “proxy sales”, in which adults buy alcohol for under-18s. On Friday 23rd February, students from Airedale were joined by teachers, local police and community traders as they donned high-visibility jackets and approached adults in the Magnet […]