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 […]

Top tips for staying safe over Christmas

Spectrum is urging partygoers to stay safe ahead of “Mad Friday”, the busiest party night of the year. Traditionally the last Friday before Christmas, “Mad Friday” marks the beginning of the festive party season but can often be marred by heavy drinking. It can be tempting to indulge when you’re out with friends and family […]

Spectrum celebrates visible recovery at the Annual Recovery Games

Spectrum Recovery Service staff and service users from across the North West joined the annual Recovery Games (organised by Aspire), this year held in Doncaster in August, sporting Spectrum’s new service branding. The Spectrum team competed in a range of challenges throughout the day, including a kayak relay, archery competition, Colour Run and climbing wall activity. This was […]

Spectrum hosts national NMP Forum

Spectrum hosted the National Substance Misuse Non-Medical Prescribing Forum in Wakefield in July. Nurses from Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service (based in Wakefield) led the regional meeting for Non-Medical Prescribers (NMPs), which focused on learning and development and sharing good practice. NMP’s from across the North of England learnt more about Alcohol Liaison Services and their […]

Protect your sexual ‘elf over the Christmas period

Protect your sexual ‘elf over the Christmas period In the run up to Christmas,remember that alcohol can cloud your judgement when it comes to safe sex.  With festivities such as Mad Friday and Christmas parties, people can stay safe over the Christmas period – with the following advice to protect their sexual ‘elf! Alcohol can […]

Official launch for South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service

The South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service, which is led by Humankind in partnership with Spectrum, has been formally launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony in South Shields. Humankind Area Manager, Amy Cummings, said: “We were joined by numerous local partners and stakeholders who came to share, coffee, cake and ideas on how we can further develop […]

Time to talk? New wellbeing group in North Yorkshire

Our North Yorkshire Horizons service has launched a Men’s Support Group in Scarborough. The peer support group aims to provide a safe and confidential place to talk, raise self-confidence and share ideas and coping strategies. Recovery Coordinator John Lawless set up the group to improve openness around mental health for men. He says: “Having had […]

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 […]