Awards success for Breaking Free partnership

18/12/2023

Spectrum and our partners HMPPs, Telus Health and Humankind took home the top prize for “Best Use of Workplace Technology” at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards in November.

On Tuesday 21 November, Nursing Times brought together over 700 professionals from across the health and care community at the Hilton London Metropole to highlight nursing’s workforce achievements. Now in their sixth year, the Nursing Times Workforce Awards are an annual celebration of the nurses, midwives and employers making a real difference in key areas such as staff recruitment, retention, wellbeing and inclusion.

Breaking Free online

Breaking Free Online is a digital behavioural-change programme which is widely used in community substance misuse services to help patients understand their behaviours, set goals and work towards a healthier lifestyle. However, it has rarely been used in prison locations – not least because many Victorian prisons do not have modern facilities for IT. To support the project, Telus Health, Spectrum and HMPPS worked together to source new computers which would be built to security standards that were suitable for a prison and then roll it out to around 11 secure estates. After completing the rol-out, the team received excellent feedback from sites and many patients who began the programme in prison were able to continue it after release.

The judges of the “Best Workplace Technology…” category felt that Breaking Free Online pushed the boundaries and was able to demonstrate positive outcomes for service users and staff. “This novel project also influenced at a national policy level to enact large scale change across the country. They were able to get the technology in place in prisons, where technology had not previously been used and required overcoming significant obstacles.”

Thank you to Claire Reed (pictured) who represented Spectrum on the night alongside our partners Chris, Mike and Robyn from HMPPS and Humankind. Well done everyone!

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