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 […]

Increased access to Sexual health services for Wigan and Leigh patients

To address increasing demand for sexual health services, from Monday 4th March Spectrum Community Health has increased appointments at the Galleries Shopping Centre clinic and introduced an additional walk-in service at Leigh Health Centre. The Galleries clinic now has a greater capacity to manage demand for procedures such implants, coil fittings and some STI treatments […]

New Couples encouraged to “Test Together” to avoid STIs

New Couples encouraged to “Test Together” to avoid STIs Spectrum Sexual Health services are encouraging new couples to ‘Test Together’ for a sexual health check and avoid symptoms of undiagnosed STIs. STI testing at the start of a new relationship could prevent couples from discovering STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea further down the line […]

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 […]

Partnership ‘toddler group’ brings community together

Spectrum People has successfully launched a Toddler Group as the latest of our intergenerational projects, working in partnership with Yorkshire Housing and Think Cre8tive CIC. Based at Sherwood Court Extra Care Centre in Kettlethorpe, the toddler group takes place every Tuesday (9:15am-11:15am) and brings together local families and older residents to take part in fun […]

HMP Holme House becomes a Drugs Recovery prison in £9m pilot project

Justice Secretary David Gauke recently announced the £9million pilot project at HMP Holme House, aiming to tackle drugs in prison and help offenders to stay clean for good. The ground-breaking ‘Drug Recovery Prison’(DRP) pilot at HMP Holme House, which involves partnership working between the prison, Spectrum and several other healthcare partners, adopts a wide-ranging approach and […]

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, […]