Trust wide news

Mersey Care in the news

The Trust has been given significant media attention over the last few weeks, with national television focussing on our work with Merseyside Police on the mental health triage car, Granada TV doing a feature on how important our walk in centres are to the community, while the success of our Telehealth service has been highlighted by BBC Morning Live. You can access all the media coverage below.

Mental Health Triage Car highlighted on BBC

Triage car team manager Owen Winsland’s interview with BBC Radio Merseyside and footage from the Newsnight feature on the partnership can be found below.

Granada Reports focus on our walk in centres

Granada Reports based themselves at St Chad’s Health Centre in Kirkby to put together a package on the value of our walk in centres to the local community and the health system in general.

Our website carries plenty of information on what the Walk in Centres offer and you can view the Granada report below.

Telehealth grabs the spotlight on BBC Morning Live

BBC Morning Live recently spent a day with Mersey Care’s Telehealth service and one of their virtual ward patients with heart failure.

They were keen to learn more about this innovative approach, which is enabling over 2,000 people a day to be monitored remotely from their homes, avoiding the need to be in hospital. You can see the report below and more information can be found on our website.

Quality Account consultation event

Mersey Care is inviting patients, service users, carers, members of staff and stakeholders to influence the development of the Quality Account 2023/24 by attending an online consultation event on Thursday, 16 March 2023 between 10am and 12.30pm.

The session will aim to:

  • Update progress against the priorities identified in the Quality Account 2022/23
  • Clarify current guidance for producing a Quality Account 2023/24
  • Discuss proposed priorities for the Quality Account 2023/24 and provide the opportunity to highlight any other areas for consideration.

Those wishing to attend can do so through the Zoom link and are also asked to please contact Christy Ryder on:  

Fulfil your potential and SPREAD YOUR WINGS with Mersey Care

Do you fancy a change of career but are worried you don’t have the skills to fit in at the NHS? Don’t worry, Mersey Care has a wide variety of roles suiting candidates with all levels of experience and qualifications.

We have roles for nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, jobs in IT, security, administration, estates, domestics, pharmacists and mental health professionals. We really do have a job for everyone.

So, 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?

We’ve also produced a film featuring our staff talking about what they like about working at Mersey Care. You can watch the film here:

Our recruitment events

20 March for several roles in our Urgent Care Team: The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT between 9am and 5pm. You can book on the event or just turn up on the day.

29 March for band 5 Mental Health Nurses and band 3 Nursing Assistants: Brooker Centre, Hospital Way, Palacefields, Runcorn WA7 2DA from 10am until 4pm. You can book on the event or just drop in on the day.

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Several members of Mersey Care staff were interviewed by BBC Radio Four recently towards a five part series which looks into psychiatry.

You’ll need to either log in or open a BBC Sounds account before going to the ‘Is Psychiatry working?’ programme home page.

Physical Health

The Life Rooms earns ‘Good Plus’ QRV rating

The Life Rooms Liverpool services have been awarded a ‘Good Plus in all domains’ rating in their first Quality Review Visit (QRV).

QRV checks that services follow quality standards based on Care Quality Commission (CQC) criteria, review of self-performance, and the service’s own self-assessment.

The Life Rooms’ Healthy Knowsley Service was also praised for a second successive ‘Good Plus’ rating in helping local residents improve their health and wellbeing; while the review of their Sefton services highlighted excellent governance around partnership working, and the positivity and motivation of the team.

More details about the QRV results can be found on The Life Rooms website.

Mersey Care to provide phlebotomy (blood testing) service to Southport and Formby residents

Mersey Care will be providing a phlebotomy (blood testing) service, across Southport and Formby from 1 April 2023.

Previously supplied by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, there should be no changes for existing patients. It’s an appointment only service open to people over 14 who are registered with a Southport and Formby GP, while patients under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

More information about the service, including clinic phone numbers, can be found on our website.

Contact number updates

Please update your records with the following number changes:

Our Knowsley community nursing teams have changed their main number to 0151 351 8520. This applies to the following teams:

Our other number changes are:

MC Magazine out now 

Our winter MC magazine is out. Read about:

  • Children’s eating disorders services
  • The Life Rooms energy crisis support
  • Music and mental wellbeing
  • How childbirth can affect men
  • Suicide awareness for veterans.

Why not give it a read via our website?

Mental Health News

Clock View Hospital wins ‘test of time’ award

Clock View Hospital, built in March 2015, has added to its long list of awards since first opening, by landing the Architecture Today Award 2022 Healthcare category, which recognises buildings that have stood the test of time.

The judging panel, selected from across architecture, engineering, environmental services, development, media and government brought a wide range of experience and knowledge. They were looking for buildings that demonstrate a strong track record for delivering on their environmental, functional, community and cultural ambitions.

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Pictured above: Bob Wills, Director at Medical Architecture, who worked on the award submission with GB Partnerships and Mersey Care colleagues, holds the Architecture Today Award 2022.

Work starts at ‘new’ Mossley Hill

Work has started on our new Mossley Hill, a state of the art mental health facility in Liverpool that will see the end of dormitory wards in the city.

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Once completed in 2024, the 80 bed facility will consolidate services from across Liverpool on the site of the old Mossley Hill Hospital. The new building on Park Avenue has been subject to extensive public engagement going back to 2016.

More information can be found on the Mossley Hill page on our website.

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