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Hatfield Drug and Alcohol Service receive Purple Star

Hatfield Drug and Alcohol Service receive Purple Star

13 August 2015

Spectrum, CRI's drug and alcohol service in Hatfield, has achieved the Purple Star, a gold standard for communication with people with learning disabilities. 

The Purple Star initiative, which is run by Hertfordshire County Council Health Liaison Team, Health and Community Services in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire Business School, is designed to improve communication between health and social care services and adults with learning disabilities.

Like a "kite mark", all organisations displaying the Purple Star have had specialist training; service checks and monitoring to ensure the standards are met.

Staff at Spectrum have taken part in training on health care for people with learning disabilities, and how to make adaptions to their buildings to make them more accessible.

A range of health services across Herefordshire, such as GP practices, dentists, opticians and pharmacists have already signed up to the scheme.

Welwyn Hatfield Mayor, Councillor Lynne Sparks, presented Steve Smith, Spectrum Manager, with the award, and guests watched a dance performance by the Purple All Stars Dance Group.

Steve Smith, Spectrum County Services Manager, said: “We are proud of our commitment to support everyone who seeks help to improve their health, or that of a loved one. The Purple Star award is the result of a proactive effort to make sure all our services are as accessible as possible.”

Colette Wyatt-Lowe, Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “I would like to congratulate Spectrum on the award of the Purple Star. They provide a highly valued service, helping local people with learning disabilities who are also experiencing drug and alcohol problems and this award recognises their high standards of health care and accessibility. This is a great achievement.”

Lynne Sparks, Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield said: "As my dad was an alcoholic and we have an adult disabled daughter, I was particularly pleased to be part of the event.

The Purple Star award is a fantastic achievement. It takes quite a lot of time and money to reach the required standard, which shows their commitment.

It is fabulous that Spectrum CRI are leading the way in Hatfield and I look forward to other local organisations also gaining the accreditation.

The Purple AllStars stole the show dancing and singing their way through a brilliant performance."