Health & Justice

Spectrum provides primary care services in secure environments, including prisons, hospitals, youth offender institutes and Short-term Holding Facilities. In these settings, we lead a range of services including nursing and GP primary care, pharmacy services, mental health, dental and optical services, patient escort responsibility and management, clinical and non-clinical substance misuse services. Through multi-agency working we offer ongoing support and care to service users’ journey back to health, even after discharge.

We have an excellent track record in providing quality healthcare services in Health and Justice, having won numerous awards, gained excellent patient feedback and had a number of successful CQC/HMIP Inspections. We also provide Death In Custody reviews on behalf of NHS England for all prisons within the North and East of England.

Within prisons and secure services, Spectrum delivers high quality healthcare at:

Liaison and Diversion Services

Spectrum also provides Liaison and Diversion Services (L & D) across North Yorkshire, Cleveland and Durham, where our Navigators are based in local police stations and help to triage vulnerable people who come into custody, ‘diverting’ them to appropriate care where possible.

  • Liaison and Diversion (L&D) services identify people who have mental health, learning disability, substance misuse or other vulnerabilities when they first come into contact with the criminal justice system as suspects, defendants or offenders.
  • The service can then support people through the early stages of criminal system pathway, refer them for appropriate health or social care or enable them to be diverted away from the criminal justice system into a more appropriate setting, if required.

L&D services aim to improve overall health outcomes for people and to support people in the reduction of re-offending. It also aims to identify vulnerabilities in people earlier on which reduces the likelihood that people will reach a crisis-point and helps to ensure the right support can be put in place from the start.