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About Spectrum

Spectrum Community Health CIC provides quality healthcare for people in vulnerable circumstances. We work in partnership to provide primary care, substance misuse and sexual health services, in the community and in secure environments including prisons, hospitals and immigration centres. As a not-for-profit social business, we are committed to addressing health inequalities and investing in the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.

Our sexual health services are an important part of Spectrum’s community services. We deliver comprehensive sexual health services which are professional, compassionate and confidential, operating across Barnsley, Wakefield and Wigan & Leigh. Our highly trained staff provide advice, support and treatment on a range of matters, including contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV. We also provide confidential advice on risk and safety, for adults and for young people.

Our comprehensive services include:

  • Open access community sexual health clinics (you don’t need a referral to attend, but you do need to make an appointment)
  • Online sexual health advice and campaigns
  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), working with young people in schools and colleges
  • Raising awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE)

At each of our clinics, we operate an integrated approach to providing sexual health advice, treatment and support. This means we are able to provide better support for local people, with faster, easier access to the right services all within one location, and a central point of contact for any follow up appointments, questions or concerns. We also run awareness campaigns throughout the year, promoting safe, healthy sexual experiences and awareness of health related issues. You can also come and talk to our teams at local Pride events.

Sharing expertise

We are part of the regional Sexual Health Provider Network in Yorkshire, sharing expertise and working closely with partners from both statutory and voluntary sector organisations.

Our specialist service teams include staff from our contracted partners, BHA, Prevents and Barnsley & Rotherham Integrated Lab Services (BRILS).

Our expert colleagues contribute to a number of best practice initiatives, regionally and nationally.

We support others by offering clinical training, train the trainer events and specialist materials in various formats to meet the needs of different groups.

About Spectrum Community Health CIC

At Spectrum, we are passionate about the services we provide. We strive for excellence in all that we do, and we are committed to our vision, to provide quality healthcare that makes a difference to people’s lives, regardless of circumstances.

As a not-for-profit social business, we reinvest funds into initiatives and projects which tackle health inequalities and improve public health and wellbeing.

Often working in partnership, the breadth of our services enables us to reach some of the most excluded groups in our local communities. Our service portfolio provides a wealth of social value which other organisations only dream of.

We also invest in our people, ensuring our service models are clinically led, and our staff and patients work with us in developing our services through co-production.

Spectrum is also a leading organisation in clinical research and learning excellence. Our clinical research team engages in a wide range of studies which contribute to our understanding of health and wellbeing, and can lead to improved treatments and early diagnosis. This has included a study looking at the value of promoting correct and consistent condom use in the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

To find out more about Spectrum Community Health CIC, visit our company website.

In addition to our community sexual health services, our key service areas include:  

Health and Justice – working in prisons and other secure environments to provide a full range of healthcare services, continuing to support our patients as they return to the community.

Primary Care – our community services support some of the most vulnerable patients, working in deprived areas and with those who are excluded from or need support in accessing healthcare services.

Substance Misuse – working in local communities and secure environments to provide a range of clinical support and treatment for substance and alcohol misuse, reducing the impact on communities and helping people live addiction free lives.