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 testing.
  • At HM YOI Deerbolt one of our Peer Mentors, Callum, helped to raise awareness of Hepatitis C by designing some fantastic posters which were then displayed around the estate and promoted across Spectrum’s social media.
  • Residents at HMP Holme House and HMP Kirklevington Grange took part in the Everest Challenge initiative, aiming to complete 58,070 steps across the day (the equivalent of climbing to the peak of Everest). 27 service users took part and collectively, they reached out 72,584 steps.

Community Services

  • Over in North Yorkshire Horizons, our team marked World Hepatitis Day by signing up to a new Hepatitis action plan. The plan aims to increase current testing whilst ensuring specialist pathways and on-site treatment for the virus is available. Pledges within the plan include investment in staff and staff training, increasing testing and re-testing rates and reaching out to people not registered within the service.
  • County Durham’s Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services worked alongside the Hep C trust to encourage service users to attend their HUBS. They also offered multiple virtual Hep C update and awareness sessions relating across the day.