SPECTRUM can provide consultancy and training on Disability Equality, Employment, Personalisation, User Involvement and Service Development issues to Private, Public and Community Sector organisations. We have provided consultancy services to a wide range of clients including Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups across the South East, Skills For Care, Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions, and numerous Community Sector organisations.
Our approach is very collaborative and using our consultancy services also gives clients who want it access to a range of our partners organisations across user and client groups, including … Carers, Older People, People with Mental Health Conditions, Gypsy and Traveller groups and people from LGBT and Transgender communities.
Our expertise has recently been recognised nationally when SPECTRUM CIL was announced as the winner of the national Overall Independent Living Award for 2014.
Over the last 30 years SPECTRUM CIL have played a pivotal role in delivering Independent Living opportunities and influencing social policy. Baroness Jane Campbell DBE
We always strive for excellence and our services have also won several other awards over the years.
Independent Living and Personalisation
SPECTRUM CIL has over 30 years experience of enabling people to have choice and control in their lives. We are pioneers in Independent Living and Personalisation.
We have a strong track record in designing and delivering high quality support services – from running county-wide Direct Payments services through to managing an Individual Service Fund for a single Disabled Child.
Whatever your needs, we can offer expert consultancy and training on designing or running services that are empowering for Service Users and cost-effective for Commissioners.
User Involvement & Engagement
As one of the longest established User Led Organisations in the UK SPECTRUM CIL has a national reputation for innovation in User Involvement and Engagement – it’s in our DNA.
In February 2015 our User Led Organisation Project also won an award from the Essl Foundation/United Nations sponsored Zero Project. The finalists were selected by an international panel of experts from a total of over 230 nominations from 58 different countries.
We can offer a range of support, from setting up and running User Panels or Engagement Forums to advising on best practice in effective and inclusive User Involvement and Engagement.
Support for User Led Organisations and community groups is available on a wide range of issues including governance; setting up and becoming constituted; sustainability and organisational development; funding advice and support with funding applications; and training.
Research & Evaluation and Service Development
SPECTRUM CIL has considerable experience and expertise in research on a wide range of Disability and Independent Living issues, as well as service evaluation and piloting.
Some of the work we have undertaken recently includes:
- Local Authority commissioned evaluations and piloting of Pooled Budgets and Individual Service Funds, and research on workforce redesign for Personalisation.
- A partnership project with a Local Authority to engage Service Users in redesigning commissioned Home Care services.
- Piloting Community Navigation for a local Clinical Commissioning Group.
- Running Job Clubs in partnership with Job Centre Plus as part of the Department for Work and Pensions Pathfinder programme.
Disability Equality and Human Rights
If you are looking for expert advice on Disability Equality or Human Rights issues, we can offer effective and practical support to help you develop best practice in service delivery, customer relations or employment.
We offer bespoke consultancy to review your existing policy and practice, or to help you develop new policies. We can also provide Disability Equality training to suit the needs of your organisation, either in our fully accessible conference centre or at your premises.
What our clients say about us
SPECTRUM have supported PCC to develop service user led strength in Portsmouth, always going above and beyond to drive and support the project goals. They are robustly hard working and refreshingly honest and I hope we’ll always have a working relationship with SPECTRUM. (PCC Lead, Portsmouth)
The project has benefited enormously from the expertise that SPECTRUM already had around personalisation and also from their willingness to trial a completely new area in SEND personal budgets delivered through an ISF. (Development Officer, Southampton City Council)
For me, the PEP is a reference point for our management team to know what we need to take into account for our strategies. Our commissioning process has strong user involvement and the PEP has helped us to get there: as far as Disabled People are concerned, it represents high quality engagement. (Senior Community Development Officer, Hampshire County Council)
SPECTRUM’s approach has been creative in problem solving. SPECTRUM has an attitude of no barriers and instead looked for solutions and has always had an enthusiastic approach to the project. (SEND Inspector)
As an organisation, without the help and support of SPECTRUM, we may not have kept going. We would advise anyone who may wish to do similar work or set up a ULO to consult with SPECTRUM and access their wealth of knowledge accumulated over some thirty years. (Director, Greenbuttercup CIC)
The support, knowledge and experience from the team at SPECTRUM, has enabled us to develop from a group with a limited understanding about planning, management committees and constitutions, to a peer-led DPULO, with a clear direction, a workable plan, and ambition. (Chair, Portsmouth Independent Living Network)
Get in touch
If you would like to discuss how we might be able to help please contact:
In addition to Disability Equality we offer a range of other training provided by our different service teams.
Our Independent Living team offer accredited training courses in:
- People Movers – moving and handling
- First Aid – Appointed Person
- Infection Control
- Food Hygiene
- Health and Safety
- Medication Awareness
- Safeguarding Adults at Risk
- Dementia Awareness
- Healthcare Fire Safety and Fire Marshal
SCIL Continuing Care offer the following training to professional staff in the Health and Social Care sectors:
- Health and Social Care – Common Induction Course – 4 day
- First Aid (HSE) – 1 day
- Food Hygiene (Accredited) – 1 day
- Lifting, Moving and Handling – 1 day
- Disability Equality Training – 1 day
- Safeguarding Adults – 1 day
We also offer specialist courses on subjects such as Anxiety & Depression, Autism and Aspergers, Challenging Behaviour, Parkinson’s disease and many others.