Spectrum Community Health CIC has been selected as a finalist in the Health Service Journal Awards (HSJ) for its work to improve sexual health screening.
One of Spectrum’s Wellbeing teams has been shortlisted in the national awards under the Primary Care Redesign category for its re-vamped health screening programme for patients. The new programme was established in August 2015 to provide sexual health support and wider access to screening for blood-borne viruses (BBVs), including hepatitis B and C, syphilis and HIV. Blood-borne viruses (BBVs) can be spread from person to person through sexual intercourse, the sharing of infected needles, or contact with an infected wound.
Spectrum introduced a system of ‘opt-out’ testing which invited all patients for screening as soon as they arrive, tripling engagement with the service. From April to May 2016, the Wellbeing team saw 588 patients and carried out 348 hepatitis screens – almost half of the total for the previous year. Screening is carried out through a simple blood test.
Linda Harris, Spectrum’s Chief Executive, said, “We’re really pleased that Spectrum has been recognised nationally for this work.”
The HSJ Awards ceremony takes place in London on 23 November. These awards are some of the most prestigious across the healthcare sector and invite thousands of nominations each year. The full shortlist for 2016 is available online.