Trust wide news

Chief Executive Prof Joe Rafferty CBE has written his latest blog about Mersey Care's Trust Strategic Framework, how it has evolved and recently refreshed in line with the changing population needs, the continued increased demand for services, post pandemic learning and the changing landscape.You can read the full blog on our website.

M-RIC welcomes Mental Health Research Mission

Following May’s announcement of £10.5 million funding from the Office for Life Sciences and the National Institute for Health and Care Research as part of the UK Mental Health Mission to Mersey Care and the University of Liverpool to establish M-RIC, the exciting plans are starting to take shape.

Last month M-RIC welcomed national UK Mental Health Mission co-chairs Professor Kathryn Abel and Professor Husseini Manji to an event at the city’s Spine Building to showcase their work which involves trialling new treatments and delivering more innovative services.

They also held the first official M-RIC patient and public involvement and engagement event at the University of Liverpool Management School, where they received valuable feedback on our research plans from service users, carers, families and other members of the public.

More patient and public events will be announced later in the summer and more information about M-RIC can be found on their webpage.


Welcome to Mersey Cares, our new charity

image.pngMersey Care has launched its new charity, Mersey Cares, which has been set up to support our specialist mental health and community services. The charity plays a vital and growing role in working alongside the Trust to serve the health needs of our communities.

It will prioritise where funds are needed most to introduce and deliver innovative community projects and enhanced support to help people keep well and living well at home for longer.

You can keep in the loop of Mersey Cares' activities by subscribing to their news or otherwise find out more on our website.

Gold in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

The Trust has been awarded Gold in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), representing the highest badge of honour, awarded to those that employ and support people who serve in the armed forces, veterans and their families.

To win a Gold award from the Ministry of Defence, organisations must provide 10 extra paid days leave for reservists, and have supportive HR policies in place for reservists, veterans, Cadet Force adult volunteers and the spouses and partners of those serving in the armed forces. More information can be found on our website.

Mersey Care nurses win double CNO awards

Two of Mersey Care’s most experienced nurses have been recognised for their contribution to the NHS over their careers by being presented with Chief Nursing Officer Awards.

Trish Bennett, Mersey Care’s Executive Director of Nursing and Operations and Deputy Chief Executive of Clinical Services, was presented with the ‘Gold Award’ by Raj Jain, Chairman of NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, Christine Douglas MBE, Director of Nursing and Care at NHS Cheshire and Merseyside and Hilary Garrett, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England.

Clinical Team Leader at Mersey Care, Solomon Gwatidzo, was also presented with a ‘Silver Award’. More information about both awards can be found on our website.

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​​​​​​Pictured above (L-R): Trish with Hilary Garrett and Solomon (centre) with Hilary and Raj Jain.

Nominate your Mersey Care ‘stars’ for our annual awards

Our annual ‘Star Awards’ celebrate the amazing work of our staff and recognise hard work, commitment to perfect care and personal or collective achievements.

You can nominate anyone who either works or is a volunteer at the Trust, so if you’ve come across one of our colleagues who you believe has gone above and beyond, why not put them forward? More information can be found on the Star Awards webpage with nominations closing on Friday, 8 September.

AGM date announced

The date for this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been set for Thursday, 21 September 2023. It will be held at Aintree Racecourse in the Golden Miller Suite between 1.30pm and 3pm.