Leading on Outreach and Prevention

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.

We do this through our health promotion, education and outreach activities; designing services that engage with those who face barriers to mainstream healthcare; and by working with a range of partners to provide holistic care which builds people’s overall wellbeing and helps them reintegrate back into their communities.

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Launching a COVID-19 Vaccination Centre

In 2021, Spectrum established a partnership with Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and set in place plans to develop a large-scale COVID-19 Vaccination Centre - mobilising it in less than six weeks to become the first large-scale centre in West Yorkshire.

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A global first - the COVID-19 Antibody Trial

In 2020, as the UK looked for solutions to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Spectrum’s Clinical Research team worked rapidly implement clinical trials as part of the COVID-19 response.

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Raising Awareness of CSE

Spectrum delivers Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) to thousands of young people in schools and Pupil Referrals Units across our commissioned areas.

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Community Outreach in Sexual Health

Outreach is a key element of Spectrum’s sexual health provision and is one of the key ways we engage with vulnerable populations - including young people, teenage parents, the LGBTQ+ community and other groups.

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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.

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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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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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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.

The Workforce Wellness Programme also aimed to create a more “open” culture around wellness, encouraging staff to take an active role in looking after their health. 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.

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Sexual Health L&D Outreach

Spectrum delivers sexual health outreach and advice in Wakefield to adults and young people with learning disabilities in order to encourage them to find support for their sexual health queries and access local sexual health services. We also work closely with Wakefield Council and the Learning Disability Community Nursing Team to discuss reasonable adjustments for patients with learning disabilities.

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Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service

Between 2018 -19 Spectrum worked in partnership with Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service to deliver a Domestic Abuse Navigator project to provide additional support to victims of domestic abuse who have stopped engaging with support services. The project significantly improved safeguarding of people affected by domestic abuse by providing 1-2-1 support and helping victims to re-engage with primary care and substance misuse or mental health services.

We welcome working with others to provide Outstanding Care. Email us at: pr@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk. If you wish to work with Spectrum, as an employee, apprentice, student placement, email us at: pr@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk