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 and hospitals. 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.

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.

Often working in partnership, the breadth of our services enables us to reach some of the most excluded groups in our local communities. We are proud to take on challenging contracts to continue addressing health inequalities.

Our service portfolio provides a wealth of social value which other organisations only dream of. We work across four key service areas:

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.

Sexual Health

Working in local communities and secure environments to provide sexual health advice, support and treatment. We also promote awareness of abuse, including Child Sexual Exploitation, and provide Relationships & Sex Education in schools.

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.

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

The establishment of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) strengthens the move towards greater local accountability and collaboration. The result is that everyone involved in public health, healthcare and social care, whether locally, regionally or nationally, needs to work differently. Within a regional structure, local leaders, partnerships and provider collaboratives are empowered to drive forward health and wellbeing initiatives, with effective accountability processes to maintain quality and outcomes. Our services support a wide network of multiple regional and local structures and partnerships. In a health and social care system with so many moving parts, we strive to work with like minded organisations and make the most of opportunities as we champion the healthcare needs of marginalised groups.

Over our 12 years plus history, we have grown ambitiously, but without compromise on our commitment to providing quality healthcare for people in vulnerable circumstances. Our Integrated Business Plan sets out our vision of how we will continue to do this, with three key strategic ambitions: to be an employer of choice, to achieve excellence in care and to facilitate growth and new solutions.


Core20PLUS5 is a national NHS England framework which identifies those who need the most support in order to reduce healthcare inequalities. The approach defines a target population – the Core20PLUS – and identifies 5 clinical areas which require accelerated improvement.

As Spectrum continues to grow, we are aiming to collaborate with commissioners across all of the Core20PLUS5 populations, based on our current service portfolio, in order to:

  • Promote recovery and abstinence based living for people in contact with the Criminal Justice System.
  • Improve access to recovery orientated systems of care for people with drug and / or alcohol misuse problems.
  • Ensure safe transition though services.
  • Reduce health inequalities and ensure health needs are met.
  • Reduce reoffending and / or escalation in health related offending behaviours
  • Work with healthcare providers and partner agencies to deliver a coordinated healthcare response.