Trust wide news

Chief Executive’s Blog

Chief Executive Prof Joe Rafferty CBE wrote his latest blog on the excitement of Eurovision around Liverpool and used the start of Mental Health Awareness Week to highlight the variety of suicide prevention training modules now available for free with the Zero Suicide Alliance. You can read Joe’s full blog here.

Recruitment event for mental health and learning disability nurses

Are you a qualified mental health or learning disability nurse looking for a new challenge and to work in innovative and futuristic facilities? If so, why not complete an application and we’ll invite you along to our next big recruitment event on 1 June 2023, where we’ll be recruiting for vacancies at our new low secure unit, Aspen Wood, based at Maghull Health Park.

For our registered mental health and learning disability nurses at Aspen Wood, there will be a premia of £1200pa and we’re offering a "golden handshake" of £1500 on completion of induction. More information can be found on our website.

If secure care isn’t for you, why not attend our event at Hartley Hospital in Southport on 10 June 2023 where there’s also a wide variety of roles available suiting candidates with all levels of experience and qualifications. If you, or anyone you know, wants to join one of the most innovative trusts in the North West, why not have a look at our current vacancies?

International Nurses’ Day celebrations

Mersey Care marked this important event in the calendar with a gathering of 200 of our nurses at Aintree Racecourse. They heard about the amazing work our preceptorship team does and how our international recruits are enjoying working here and now part of our Mersey Care family. The afternoon was hosted by the inspirational Steve Head as he aimed to deliver a 149 day to everyone! We also had a visit from senior NSE colleagues to our services: hear from Hilary Garrett, Deputy Chief Nurse for England as she marked the day and shared a personal message about what it means to her.

Freedom of the Borough of Sefton awarded to Mersey Care

Mersey Care staff attended an event to mark the Trust being awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Sefton for their hard work and dedication in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff were invited to a ceremony at the Lakehouse at Crosby Lakeside alongside Chair Rosie Cooper and Deputy Chief Executive of Clinical Services and Chief Nurse, Trish Bennett. More information about the highest ceremonial honour Sefton Council can bestow can be found on our website.

Pictured above (left to right): Anne Bennett (Assistant Director of Nursing), Wendy Heckles (Head of Operations), Rosie Cooper, Trish Bennett, Karina Woodyer-Smith (Deputy Division Director for Community Services).

Physical Health

Vauxhall dental services now accepting children

Vauxhall Personal Dental Services, based within Vauxhall Health Centre, Limekiln Lane, Liverpool L5 8XR, is currently accepting children within the Vauxhall area as new NHS patients.

Availability is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to register your child, please contact a member of our Dental Reception Team on 0151 295 3770 or call in to the clinic.


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Gardening and walking activities at The Life Rooms

It’s been all about outdoor activities for the start of the month at The Life Rooms with National Gardening week (1 to 7 May) and it’s also National Walking Month. The Life Rooms implements green social prescribing initiatives into its service, with walking groups in partnership with The Canal and Rivers Trust, and a gardening group at The Life Rooms Walton Community Garden.


Mental Health News

New Liverpool campaign launched for Dementia diagnosis

Mersey Care is launching a new campaign across Liverpool designed to ease concerns about diagnosis with the publication of new ‘memory cards’ in public buildings and supermarkets across the city. Find out more information on our website.

To help reduce anxieties about the assessment process, we have launched a new animation which explains, what to expect from a Neuropsychology Assessment.

Same service but new name – IAPT is now NHS Talking Therapies