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WISMS take further steps to become a Social Enterprise

March. More steps on the road to become a Social Enterprise. A Business Plan and Strategy of Services are developed.

WISMS take first step to become a Social Enterprise

November. WISMS is one of a small group of projects to get the go-ahead to take the first step to become a social enterprise, under the ‘Right to Request’, a Department of Health initiative.

WISMS becomes national

April. Wakefield Integrated Substance Misuse Services (WISMS) becomes a national Integrated Care Organisation Pilot for the Department of Health. The team beat off competition from 100 applicants to be one of just 16 chosen across the country. The aim of the two year pilot was to explore different ways in..Read more

Service user led-Merlin project launch

The service user-led Merlin project is launched to focus on substance misuse rehabilitation and social re-integration. It involves bringing service users together to reconstruct a local Iron Age roundhouse style building. Service users who have been involved in the project to date have gained valuable life and practical skills. It..Read more

‘Right to Request’ is introduced

November. The Government’s ‘Right to Request’ is introduced. This allows services in the NHS to become social enterprises. This is the scheme that eventually allows Spectrum to be launched.

Wakefiled Alcohol Treatment Requirement launches

August. The Community Safety Partnership launches the Wakefield Alcohol Treatment Requirement, a partnership between the Wakefield Alcohol Team and West Yorkshire Probation. A two year pilot, it aims to help motivate individuals to change alcohol related criminal behaviour through a combination of legal supervision and alcohol treatment.

WISMS is established

Wakefield Integrated Substance Misuse Services (WISMS) is established by Wakefield NHS Primary Care Trust. Dr. Linda Harris is its Clinical Director. Services were operated by 13 staff offering much needed treatment and advice services for people with drugs and alcohol-related problems in the local area.

Retain contract for HMP & YOI Styal

We win and retain the contract for healthcare services at HMP & YOI Styal.