Spectrum services mark World Hepatitis Day

On Tuesday 28th July, Spectrum marked World Hepatitis Day with a host of events across our secure and community services. Secure Services In HMP Durham, we worked alongside Humankind and the Hepatitis C Trust and managed to test 170 men throughout the day. Spectrum staff visited all wings encouraging men to take part in the […]

Helpline for prisoners released during coronavirus pandemic

Service changes as a result of Coronavirus

As pressure mounts on healthcare providers to tackle the Coronavirus, Spectrum remains committed to ensuring the safety of our patients, service users and staff, and the communities in which we work, whilst keeping our essential services running. Sexual Health Services Across our sexual health services, Spectrum has temporarily suspended Walk-In Clinics and introduced telephone consultations […]

Outreach clinic for vulnerable women in York

Spectrum staff in York Drug & Alcohol Service are working with Changing Lives to establish an opiate prescribing clinic for vulnerable women. The clinic will be provided to service users in Changing Lives’ existing women’s-only service, which provides broader support on issues such as health and wellbeing, mental health and domestic abuse. Jenny MacNeill said, […]

Spectrum continues PrEP Impact trial in Barnsley

Spectrum sexual health services in Barnsley are continuing a national PrEP ‘Impact’ trial which supports patients to protect themselves from HIV. Aimed at men and women who may be at high risk of HIV infection, the trial began in 2019 with 40 spaces available in Barnsley. Patient groups recruited for the trial include: HIV negative […]

Our charity supports vulnerable adults with Wakefield Street Kitchen

Our charity Spectrum People kicked off 2020 with a new Council-funded project supporting Wakefield Street Kitchen, a community kitchen which provides hot food and toiletries to vulnerable people and families. Over the past eight weeks we have seen 865 attendances at the Street Kitchen, including throughout cold, wet and windy evenings. Spectrum People has also […]

MP visit for Durham Recovery Service

MP Richard Holden visited our Durham Recovery Centre in February, eager to find out more about the impact of our local services. In a visit organised by our partners Humankind, Richard was taken on a brief tour of the Centre for Change and spoke to staff and service users about their experiences with our substance […]

Spectrum leads the Recovery in Prisons Conference

Following our successful ‘Safer Care in Prisons’ event in 2018, Spectrum joined NHS England and HMPPS to co-host the ‘Recovery in Prisons’ Conference on 28th January. Almost 300 guests attended this year’s conference at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds, bringing together academics, researchers, prison staff and partners to share their reflections on recovery. Guests heard […]

Inspiring Recovery receives a “Good” rating from CQC inspectors

Inspiring Recovery, the Wakefield substance misuse service, has been rated “Good” across all five quality standards assessed by the Care Quality Commission. The substance misuse service is delivered by Turning Point in partnership with Spectrum and was inspected by the CQC in November 2019. In their official report, inspectors praised the service for involving clients […]

Inspectors praise ‘dramatic’ improvements in HMP Liverpool

HMP Liverpool has been praised for ‘remarkable improvements’ in a new report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP). The encouraging report follows on from an announced inspection in September last year – the prison’s first since it was criticised for overcrowding and poor living conditions in 2017. Praising Liverpool for ‘a remarkable achievement’ over […]