A major focus of Spectrum’s work is empowering people to take more control of their own health and wellbeing, supporting early diagnosis and intervention in order to improve people’s long-term health.

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Alcohol Liaison Service

Established in 2013, Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service (ALS) is an example of how close collaborative working improves public health. Based in Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, our nurse-led team provide a wide range of interventions to help patients address their harmful drinking, detox safely and gain access to counselling and other services to help them remain abstinent. As one hospital detox costs around £600 per night per patient, the work of the ALS team also results in a significant saving for the NHS.

North Yorkshire Horizons

Our North Yorkshire Horizons drug and alcohol service is a beacon example of effective outreach. The service works closely with prescribers to facilitate safer access to medication and encourages service users to have an input into decisions around their care. In 2018, the service was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC which stated that ‘Clients were truly respected, valued and empowered, practically and emotionally, by an exceptional service’.

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Workforce Wellness Programme

In 2016 we launched the Workforce Wellness Programme; a new initiative to promote staff health and wellbeing, reduce sickness, improve productivity and lead to better all-round services for the public. This Programme offered in-depth ‘Wellness Checks’ to over 700 staff across Spectrum and two partner organisations, Wakefield Council and Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group. This project has supported employees to seek treatment for previously unidentified conditions and spurred discussion about staff wellbeing within the local health economy.

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Positive about Mental health

As an employer, Spectrum believes that positive mental health is crucial for the wellbeing of our staff and our patients. We are dedicated to tackling stigma around mental health and currently have a cohort of Mental Health First Aiders, who received specialist training to recognise signs of mental distress and can offer 1:1 emotional support for colleagues. First Aiders also take part in public campaigns, including World Mental Health Day.

Siobhan Andrewartha won Queens Nurse Award 2018

Spectrum People: Healing through Art

Our charity, Spectrum People, provides volunteering, training and enrichment activities for vulnerable adults at risk of social exclusion – for example, due to poor mental health, homelessness or offender histories. Their dedicated support inspires vulnerable people to learn and develop the confidence and skills they need to get back on their feet.

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We welcome working in partnership to tackle health inequalities. Email us at pr@spectum-cic.nhs.uk