In recent years, the GP “shared care” model has not been regarded as being as cost effective as the centralised model. Ms Harris described this as a huge shame because it rails to see the bigger picture.
She added: “We need services that vulnerable people with chaotic lives, many of whom have experienced serious trauma, can access easily. They are just as deserving as anyone else.
“My ultimate goal has always been to put the patient at the centre, breaking the stigma and the inter-generational cycle. More people have to think, ‘There but for the Grace of God go I’.
“There is often an innate happiness and resourcefulness in the most challenged communities that you have got to tap into. You have got to look at the potential and how you imbibe hope and a sense of purpose. It can be contagious.”
Spectrum provides a range of services for vulnerable people across the North of England.
She said: “We started with 100 staff and come April we will have 800. We have some stunning, passionate staff working in community health and justice and sexual health. We have 13 prison sites covering all categories – we do the whole gamut of health and social care.
“It’s an extremely well regulated and highly scrutinised environment and incredibly challenging.
“It has huge rewards and as a social enterprise we are always looking for ways in which we can add social value, support our local communities and give something back.”
Ms Harris is proud to have built a career acting as an advocate for the vulnerable and powerless.
“You have to realise that if you have knock backs, there will always be a solution,” she added. When you think one door has shut, you find another one open.”