Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, made a fact-finding visit to Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Clock View Hospital as part of a two-day visit to Merseyside.
The Minister had a tour around a ward, had discussions with members of Mersey Care’s Board, and answered questions from staff during his visit lasting an hour and a half.
The main theme of the visit was to find out more about Mersey Care’s efforts on safety, including becoming the first mental health trust in the country to publicly commit to a zero suicide policy, the award-winning ‘No Force First’ initiative and the work done in high secure services on seclusion practice.
"I was enormously impressed by the fantastic facilities at Clock View, which are matched by the team's clear focus on improving patient safety,” said the Health Secretary.
"There is an obvious effort to make the environment comforting and reassuring for patients - staff can be rightly proud to work at this trust, which is an example to other mental health providers across the country."
During the visit, the Minister was also shown the state of the art facilities at Clock View, which opened in 2015, and met patients on Dee Ward during his tour of the hospital.
Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care’s Chief Executive, said: “We’d like to thank the Secretary of State for Health for visiting Clock View at such short notice.
“At Mersey Care we are very proud on our work on zero suicide, restraint and seclusion and we hope the Minister came away from Clock View better informed about our commitment to patient safety.”