Drinking among young people is in ‘sharp decline’

The University of Sheffield has published a new report exploring the ‘sharp decline’ in rates of youth drinking. Based on previously available public data, “Youth Drinking in Decline” brings together information from two recent surveys to present a picture of the downturn in alcohol use among young people. The report found a “significant decline” in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Partnership launch for York Drug and Alcohol Service

York Drug and Alcohol Service held a launch event on Wednesday 26th July to mark the start of how local agencies can shape services that further helps people struggling with substance misuse. Commissioned by City of York Council, the service is now being delivered under a new partnership between Changing Lives and Spectrum Community Health […]

Government launches new Drugs Strategy and Clinical Guidelines

The government has today launched it’s new Drug Strategy, to reduce illicit drug use and increase the rate of individuals recovering from drug dependence. Each year in the UK, drugs cost society £10.7 billion in policing, healthcare and crime, with drug-fuelled theft alone costing £6 billion a year. Research shows that for every £1 spent […]

Spectrum join Changing Lives as new providers for York Drug & Alcohol service

Spectrum Community Health will join national charity Changing Lives as the new providers of drug and alcohol services in York from 1 June. Spectrum and Changing Lives are already working in partnership on substance misuse services in North Yorkshire and will now take over drug and alcohol services in York, commissioned by the City of […]

Alcohol Liaison Service welcomes Yvette Cooper MP

Yvette Cooper MP paid a visit to Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service on Friday 24 March to learn more about our work supporting hospital patients in Wakefield. Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service (ALS), based in Pinderfields Hospital, provides tailored support for patients who arrive in Pinderfields with alcohol-related illness and injury. Established in 2013, the service has […]

Castleford scheme tackles under-age drinking

Community partners in Castleford are tackling underage drinking through a new scheme which ‘scores’ off-licences against a set of harm prevention standards. Led by Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) and Spectrum Community Health CIC, retailers are being encouraged to promote the legal drinking age and raise awareness of harms caused to families and communities by underage […]