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, […]

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 […]

Safer Prescribing Conference

Over 80 guests attended Spectrum’s Safer Prescribing Event at the end of June, organised in partnership with NHS England. This event was aimed at prescribers and stakeholders working in secure environments across the North of England, covering several areas of best practice and focusing on harm prevention. Topics included Mental Health prescribing for patients with […]

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 […]

Spectrum in the “top 1000” companies to inspire Britain

Spectrum has been named as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses. To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming […]

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 […]