Spectrum to lead new partnership for North East Prisons healthcare services

Spectrum Community Health CIC has been awarded the contract to lead and deliver healthcare services at 7 prisons in the North East. Spectrum will lead a partnership with key providers: Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) and Humankind.

The new partnership will see further integration throughout healthcare in 7 prisons – HMPs Durham, Frankland, Holme House, Low Newton, Northumberland, Kirklevington Grange and Deerbolt. The new service, commissioned by NHS England, will commence on 1st April 2020.

Dr. Linda Harris, Chief Executive for Spectrum Community Health CIC, said:

“I am over the moon to be awarded the contract for the provision of integrated healthcare to the North East Prisons, a responsibility and an opportunity that Spectrum, as a social enterprise, views as an enormous privilege but one that we are tremendously excited about.

“We are ready to take forward our vision for integrated care and meet the challenges ahead, working with our highly experienced and trusted partners TEWV and Humankind. We are totally committed through the delivery of this contract to involving everyone in our care, including the prison and healthcare staff who have a stake in and a passion for reconnecting people to positive health and wellbeing.”

“I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard in preparing our bid and look forward to providing an integrated and innovative service for the North East Prisons.”

Lisa Taylor, Director of Operations at TEWV, said, “As the incumbent mental health provider we are pleased to be continuing to build on our experiences and knowledge to join the team in the future delivery of health services. TEWV are proud to be working in the partnership and will continue to support the health pathway.”

Ted Haughey, Executive Director of Operations at Humankind, said, “We are delighted to have been successful with the NE Prisons tender in partnership with Spectrum and TEWV, as we feel that our partnership is uniquely placed to deliver an integrated and impactful service across the prison estate. Collectively we bring a wealth of experience delivering services to people with complex needs both in a secure environment and in the community, which will be key in supporting those in our care throughout their journey including integrating back into the community.”

Both Spectrum and TEWV have been delivering healthcare services in the North East Prison Cluster since April 2015. Humankind has a track record in providing excellent substance misuse services across the North East region and nationally.

For further information, please contact: pr@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk.