Nursing team transforms prison healthcare to land national award


Spectrum Community Health CIC is celebrating after one of their primary care nursing teams were awarded silver medals from the prestigious Chief Nursing Officer awards.

The team were rewarded for their outstanding work in transforming the prison health service at HMP Liverpool, a prison that had previously been monitored under special measures.

Spectrum is the lead provider for Better Health Liverpool (BHL), which subcontracts to Merseycare for the delivery of mental health services and CGL for the delivery of psychosocial services.

Stella Hannaway, Head of Transformation at Spectrum, said: “We nominated the BHL primary care nursing team in recognition of their outstanding transformational work across Health and Justice and for continuously improving their area to positively impact on patient care. It is a great honour for the team and a proud moment to see them awarded the Silver Chief Nursing Officer Award – it is really well deserved.

“We have worked with our amazing partners including the prison service team to improve and transform services so they are now award-winning and a nationally recognised centre of excellence. They go above and beyond in their roles every day, and we are extremely proud of the team.”

As a leading provider of health in justice care, Spectrum was approached by commissioners in 2018 to take the service and deliver a transformation programme after a report had identified systematic failings in healthcare and leadership throughout HMP Liverpool.

Spectrum worked with the existing nursing team to address imminent risks and overhaul the service strategically, operationally, and clinically. Staff engagement, patient engagement strategies, and workforce development plans were implemented immediately alongside an improved quality and performance infrastructure with additional training analysis.

The award win marks an enormous accomplishment for Spectrum and is an acknowledgement to the nursing team’s passion and commitment that they are now nationally acclaimed for their outstanding transformational work.

Gill Kindlen, Clinical Team Leader at Spectrum, said: “It was a great boost for our team to receive recognition for our work in offender health. It is sometimes a very challenging role but extremely rewarding. I personally felt very honoured to receive a medal from the Chief Nurse Ruth May. An experience I will never forget.”

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England, added: “I was delighted to visit HMP Liverpool and to present the Primary Care Nursing Team with a CNO Award in recognition of their outstanding work and commitment.

“They are an inspirational team, and it was a pleasure to meet them and personally thank them for their work.”

The CNO awards were launched in March 2019 at the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s Summit by Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer at NHS England and NHS Improvement.