Spectrum speaks! Nursing team are finalists at the 4th RCGP Health & Justice Summit

4thhealthsummitAs well as Healthcare leads from Spectrum Community Health CIC presenting at the 4th RCGP Health & Justice Summit in November, our teams are also finalists for the Summit’s annual award.

The Summit has been organised by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Each year, the RCGP present an Award for the Best Clinical Team in Secure Environments – and this year, two Spectrum entries have been shortlisted. Spectrum’s primary care team at HMP Full Sutton has been shortlisted for their work on two key projects – a dedicated Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and another project which raises awareness of drug use in prison.

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme focuses on improving quality of life and managing symptoms for patients with COPD, which causes breathlessness, fatigue and chronic coughing. Spectrum staff worked with prison gym instructors to design programmes improving patients’ strength and exercise tolerance, as well as helping them to slow the progression of the disease by making changes such as giving up smoking.

“Choose Life, Not Spice”, another successful project led by our Recovery Workers at HMP Full Sutton, was based on a series of workshops and awareness sessions aimed at reducing the use of legal highs. Prisoners were involved with this project from the beginning and helped to mentor other inmates as they worked towards recovery.

Both entries focus on improving health outcomes for vulnerable patients and reducing health problems affecting long-term prisoners, including addiction and a high prevalence of chronic illness.

The Summit is an opportunity for healthcare leaders from across the UK to come together, share good practice and hear about different fields of expertise in offender healthcare. Speakers will focus on improving the experience of patients in secure hospitals, prisons and immigration removal centres, particularly the impact on their health outcomes and management of health conditions.

Spectrum’s Chief Executive, Dr. Linda Harris, will be hosting a session on European and UK models of care during the two-day summit in Cardiff on 10th and 11th November. Dr. Nat Wright, Spectrum’s Clinical Research Director, will also be holding a workshop on GP responses to radicalisation and violent extremism and Helen Parker, Spectrum’s Head of Medical Operations, will be presenting a session on the recent “End of Life and Palliative Care in Prisons” network event.