Tackling Health Inequalities

Support for everyone, including the most vulnerable and hardest to reach in our society.

Spectrum is committed to providing healthcare services to all, including the most vulnerable in society.

Working across the health and justice, substance misuse and sexual health arenas services, we strive to go above and beyond to identify unmet needs, address barriers to access, and challenge stigma and exclusion in our communities. We’ve delivered a number of key projects over the past 10 years to tackle health inequalities. Here are some standout initiatives.


The WY-FI Project

In 2014, Spectrum led the Wakefield District arm of the West Yorkshire: Finding Independence (WY-FI) Project – a county-wide partnership network providing practical and emotional support for vulnerable adults.

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Recovery Academy

Spectrum, working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and Aspire Drug and Alcohol Services, established the Recovery Academy in 2018.

The Academy brings together experts and practitioners working in recovery to share knowledge around evidence-based recovery practice across the taught, lived and work-based environments.

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In 2019, healthcare staff in HMP Preston developed an award-winning project which would allow on-site haemodialysis treatment to be offered to patients for the first time.

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Recovery Services

Reducing health inequalities in prisons goes hand-in-hand with addressing reoffending and ultimately, improving the life chances of those involved in the criminal justice system.

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Integrated Sexual Health Services

In 2015, we began our journey to integrate Sexual Health Services in the Barnsley District and in the Wakefield District. This was an ambitious challenge which aimed to combine separate patient services into a “one-stop-shop”

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Liaison & Diversion Service

Spectrum’s Liaison and Diversion service across Durham, Darlington, Cleveland and North Yorkshire assesses people passing through the criminal justice system to identify anyone with mental health concerns, learning disabilities, substance misuse problems and other vulnerabilities, diverting people from custody where appropriate. The project aims to help reduce re-offending, reduce unnecessary use of police and court time, and reduce health inequalities for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

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