Sexual health survey

Together with our partners we are constantly looking at ways to improve our services. If you live in the Wakefield area it would be great if you would complete this short survey.

It will help us to understand how you access sexual health services and you will also have the opportunity to help shape how we improve access to sexual health in the future.

We would love to hear from you.

Sexual Health Week 2016

Spectrum’s sexual health teams have been on the move throughout September, promoting Sexual Health Awareness Week at sixth-form colleges across Wakefield and Barnsley.

This year’s Sexual Health Week campaign was organised by the sex education charity Family Planning Association (FPA), emphasising a “back to basics” approach to STI awareness and encouraging providers to drive education on STI symptoms and testing.

Sexual Health Awareness Week encourages open discussion about sexual health issues among young people, including access to a range of different contraception methods and information about safe sex. This year’s campaign also coincided with Freshers Week in Wakefield and Barnsley, where students can find information about local healthcare support services.

Wakefield Sexual Health teams made a trip over to Wakefield College on 12 September to promote Trinity Walk Clinic, handing out leaflets encouraging patients to be tested for STI’s. Spectrum also spread the message on social media, shedding light on lesser known infections such as syphilis and gonorrhoea which can cause long-term damage if left undetected.

Spectrum Outreach teams based at Gateway Clinic paid a visit to Barnsley College on 14 September – targeting the largest education centre in the district. Thankyou everyone!

CQC inspection

The Inspiring Recovery service was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in two separate visits throughout September.

Care Quality inspectors visited the Central clinic at Grosvenor House on 12 and 13 September, speaking to staff, partners and service users to assess the quality of care we provide. The CQC is the official health and social care regulator for England, measuring services against five fundamental standards to see that they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Care Quality inspections are Spectrum’s chance to shine, and to showcase the best of what we do and the impact our services make on patients in Wakefield.

Care Quality Inspectors also visited local Inspiring Recovery hubs in Castleford during their tour, and conducted the second part of their inspection on Monday 19 September.