Four years of North Yorkshire Horizons

North Yorkshire Horizons clients, volunteers and staff have been celebrating the service’s fourth anniversary with a series of events. North Yorkshire’s free, confidential services have engaged with over 3000 service users since 2014 and have been shortlisted multiple times for national healthcare awards – including winning at the Nursing Times Awards in 2016. The Horizons […]

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 […]

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 […]