Joe Rafferty included in HSJ Influential Health List

Mersey Care Chief Executive Joe Rafferty has been named in the Health Service Journal's list of the top 100 most influential people in health.

He was named at No 80, up 14 places from the previous year, in the annual list compiled by the influential healthcare magazine.

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Mr Rafferty's rise up the rankings reflects an important year for Mersey Care. The Trust made the transition to Foundation Trust status while they also completed the acquisition of Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in July and formed the new Specialist Learning Division.

In addition they also opened the Life Rooms, a centre for learning recovery, health and wellbeing, by extensively refurbishing the former Walton Library.

Mr Rafferty was also rated as No 9 in the HSJ's list of top 50 Chief Executives published last year.