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In his latest blog, Chief Executive Prof Joe Rafferty CBE has written about the Trust’s decision to introduce our Restorative Just and Learning Culture.

“For those new to the terminology, let me give you the basics. What the academic Professor Sidney Dekker called “Just Culture” is now a hot topic in many organisations. Simply put, when something happens in an organisation that’s unexpected, difficult or, as we used to say ‘goes wrong’, we now ask in new ways about who was affected. We ask what their needs are and determine whose obligation it is to meet them."

Read Joe’s blog in full today.

Trust news

Join us at our AGM

We will be holding the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Members Meeting (AMM) of the Foundation Trust on Thursday 29 September at Aintree Racecourse in The Golden Millar Suite.

Tea and coffee will be provided from 10.30 am and the meeting will begin at 10.45 am. Lunch will be available from 12.10 pm to 1.00 pm.

The event provides an opportunity to find out more about the Trust while we review some of our highlights from the last 12 months.

If you would like to attend, please email or call 07977 401 384

Help us name our new mental health hospital

We are creating a modern, state of the art, 80-bed mental health hospital on the site where Mossley Hill Hospital stood in Liverpool, which the Trust owns.

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The new hospital is expected to open in 2024 and we need help from our stakeholders to give it a new name.

  • the name may have historical, geographical or cultural significance
  • it needs to be short and accessible and be in line with Mersey Care’s vision and values
  • it should help to identify the premises (such as ‘hospital’ or ‘clinic’) and contribute to the sense of community
  • the name should be future-proofed in case of later transformation or change of services there
  • ideally, the name shouldn’t be in use anywhere else to avoid confusion, especially for health providers, and not be that of a living person or something in copyright.

Please get involved by adding your naming suggestions here. Once we have collected them all, our Estates team will make a final decision based on Trust protocols and we hope to announce the new name in the autumn.​​​​

Approval for the new hospital has been granted by the Treasury and Department of Health and Social Care, paving the way for the end of dormitory wards in the city.

We will deliver four 20 bed wards with the new hospital, which will consolidate services from across Liverpool on the site of the old Mossley Hill Hospital. Plans for the new building on Park Avenue have been subject to extensive public engagement going back to 2016.

Read more on our website.

Our award winning Rowan View Hospital

The very latest ‘Design in Mental Health Network’ magazine includes reports of their recent awards ceremony, where Rowan View Medium Secure Unite received a clutch of industry prizes. They were not just for the bricks and mortar but also reflecting clinical care and the positive therapeutic environment.

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Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services Programme of Change across Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

A programme of change has started at Mersey Care to review children and young people’s mental health services (CYPMHS) in line with local, regional and national developments.

Key stakeholders and partners will be invited to be involved over the next six to 12 months, supported by task and finish workstreams to achieve local, regional and national developments and transformation plans. Read more on our news page.

We are recruiting

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Are you or someone you know of looking for a change in career? Take a look at our vacancies page which is updated daily.

Residents of Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley suffering from the long-term effects of Coronavirus can seek assistance from our Long COVID Service

Mersey Care’s Tier 3 Long COVID Assessment and Treatment Service is open in all four areas to help people who have had COVID. At clinics, people can be seen by different members of the team. Each patient will have different issues and the aim is for them to see the right people to help meet their needs.

Dr Phil Cumberlidge appeared on BBC Radio Merseyside to talk about the symptoms and treatment of Long COVID:

Phil said 'Our Long COVID service was set up to support people who are struggling with day to day life due to suffering with the illness'.

Members of each team include: GP, community matron (a very experienced nurse), care coordinator, social prescriber and pulmonary rehab physiotherapist. Read more on our Long COVID news page.

Upcoming events at The Life Rooms

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Amparo Community drop-in sessions at The Life Rooms

If you or someone you know has been affected or impacted by suicide, then come to Amparo drop-in sessions based across The Life Rooms sites in Liverpool and Sefton from 2 September. Amparo offers confidential, practical and emotional support to anyone affected by suicide. Their experienced Liaison Workers can listen to your needs and assist you in accessing the support you need.

Households into Work drop-in sessions at The Life Rooms Walton

Walton Life Rooms will be hosting a Households into Work (HiW) advisor every Thursday afternoon 12 noon to 3pm, starting 18 August. HiW is not just a programme to help people find work, it’s about supporting people to get to a point where they start to think about work as a realistic option.

You can find more about Life Rooms events by visiting The Life Rooms website.

We want your feedback on our website

It’s been more than 12 months since we launched our new website and we aim to continue to make it more user friendly, accessible, and easier to find information.

As part of our commitment to improve the experience of visitors to our website, we are asking for your feedback via this short two minute questionnaire. Thanks for your support.

Mental health news

Silver Birch Hubs - Maternal Mental Health Service Launch

We are extending our pilot service for Maternal Mental Health Services into Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton, Sefton and Warrington following a successful first launch earlier this year.

The service will deliver treatment and care for those who have experienced loss, distress or trauma during pregnancy and birth.

Read more on our website.

Need help in a mental health crisis?

For anyone struggling with stress, anxiety or feeling they can’t cope with day to day life, including thoughts of suicide, contact us on one of the freephone numbers below or visit our urgent help section.

If you live in Liverpool or Sefton, call 0800 145 6570 and aged 16 or over.

If you live in Halton, St Helens, Warrington or Knowsley, call 0800 015 1508.

Text messaging support service

If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed you can contact text messaging support which is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service.

For people who live in Liverpool or Sefton, Text HEAL to 85258 for immediate support, available 24/7.

For people who live in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington text REACH to 85258 for immediate support, available 24/7.

You can visit the Give Us A Shout website for more information about the text service.

Physical health news

Community Equipment Advisory Services across Liverpool and Sefton have been renamed

The Equipment Advisory Service (EAS) has now been established in both Liverpool and Sefton. This has replaced what was the ‘Equipment Specialist Team’ in Liverpool and the Community Advisory Service in Sefton.

For further information and to make a referral, visit our Health Professionals section and choose the relevant borough.