Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

0151 473 0303 V7 Building, Kings Business Park , Prescot, Merseyside, L34 1PJ

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  • Zero Suicide Alliance Sings Out This Summer with release of 'Talk2Me'
  • Mersey Care AGM 2018
  • Mersey Care's NHS 70 celebration

Mersey Care provides adult specialist mental health, addiction, learning disability and community health services in North West England and beyond. Our vision is to become the leading organisation in the provision of these services. Quality, recovery and wellbeing are at the heart of everything that we do.

We provide specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We provide community physical health services in Liverpool and Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. We are one of only three trusts in the country that provide these services. 

Our clinical services are provided across over 80 sites across the North West. Our teams are supported by a corporate team based at our offices in Kings Business Park, Prescot, Merseyside. Over 7000 staff serve a population of almost 11 million people.

This is an exciting and challenging time for Mersey Care NHSFT. We are four years through a five year programme of organisational and service transformation in order to improve the quality of the care that we provide and safely reduce our costs, so that we can continue to invest in meeting increasing demand for our services. As such, we are following a plan for the year, that describes how we will transform services provided in our divisions, invest considerably in new buildings and technology, and very importantly, support our frontline staff to continue to improve the services they provide.



Departments and services

  • Adult and older people's mental health services

  • Alcohol community and inpatient services

  • Assessment and Immediate Care services

  • Asperger and adult Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder service

  • A&E Mental Health Liaison

  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation services

  • Community mental health services

  • Community physical health services

  • Drug Detoxification and Rehabiliation 

  • Early Intervention in Psychosis services

  • Eating Disorders service

  • ECT Suite

  • Family Support Services

  • Forensic Personality Disorder Assessment

  • Forensic Enhanced Care

  • High secure Mental Health and Personality Disorder

  • Homelessness Outreach service

  • Learning Disability community, emergency, respite and outpatient services

  • Low Secure Inpatient and Outreach Service

  • Memory services

  • Medium secure services

  • Older Adults Community Mental Health and  Liaison service

  • Perinatal Mental health service 

  • Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

  • Psychiatric Intensive Care Resettlement services

  • Rehabiltation services

  • Veteran services

Latest news

Zero Suicide Alliance Sings Out This Summer with release of 'Talk2Me'

As most of the UK basks in sunshine and clear skies the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) has released a catchy summer anthem and music video to help underline the need to reach out to those in need.

The ZSA has teamed up with a song writer, musicians and a record producer to put together ‘Talk 2 Me.’ It’s a seasonal song which promotes their free online training that helps people recognise the signs of suicidal thinking and gives them confidence to speak to someone in need. 

‘Talk 2 Me’ is written and performed by Zorro Rudasumbwa, a mental health professional who originally came to the UK from Kenya, who explained: "I realised that whatever the weather people can struggle to find someone to talk to.

“That’s bad because the more people don’t open up, have issues locked into their heads and hearts, the more prone they are to depression or anxiety or worse.

“If they feel they have someone to talk to, someone who will reach out to them, then it can make a real difference – it could be a life saver.

“I want people to have the confidence to speak to someone they know who maybe having suicidal thoughts; I think talking can 100 per cent save lives.”

It’s a view shared by the ZSA – a countrywide collaboration that’s brought together bereaved families, over 90 NHS trusts, charities, politicians, businesses and suicide survivors – who are committed to the goal of ensuring suicide is taken seriously.

"It's true this is a serious topic but we've deliberately chosen an upbeat approach to reach people who perhaps wouldn't think friends and family members could be having suicidal thoughts over the summer months," said a ZSA spokesperson.

"There should be a public outcry over suicide. We say it’s preventable and not inevitable. We hope ‘Talk 2 Me’ will point people to our free training and help them to help others because one life lost to suicide is one to many.”

The song is available as free download with Amazon and Spotify from Saturday, 1 July 2018. Click here to see the video for 'Talk2Me' and an interview with Zorro is also available.


Last updated on 02 July 2018.

Mersey Care AGM 2018

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is holding the Annual General Meeting and Members' Event on 25 July 2018 at Aintree Racecourse. 

The meeting is designed to be of interest to you as someone who is interested in Mersey Care and what we are doing, whether you are a service user, carer, member of staff or member of the public.

We will be giving an update about the Trust and the services we provide, and there will be an opportunity to meet members of the Trust Board.

Lunch will be at 12.30pm, and there will be a wide variety of stalls - Life Rooms/Recovery College; Health and Wellbeing; Smoke Free; Perfect Care; and more - where you can get information and chat.

The AGM itself starts at 2.00pm and finishes at 3.15pm.

Anyone attending the Annual General Meeting and Members’ event is warmly invited to attend our Public Board meeting which takes place at 10.15am and have a wide ranging agenda which will give you a lot of information and a chance to hear how the Board operates.  There is also time for you to ask us questions regarding items on the agenda.

If you wish to attend please let Christy White know (for seating purposes) by 20 July. Tel 0151 473 2921 or

Directions to Aintree can be found here.

Last updated on 21 June 2018.

Mersey Care's NHS 70 celebration

There will be plenty going on across the country for the NHS 70 celebrations, not least the Parliamentary Awards – and here at Mersey Care we are holding our own event to mark such a special birthday to which all our stakeholders are invited.

You are invited to a fun day at Aintree Racecourse on 7 July. Anyone is free to attend, particularly families, and the event will run between 10.30am and 2.00pm, with registration on arrival.

Come along and let’s mark the NHS 70 celebrations in style….


Last updated on 21 June 2018.

Dr David Fearnley appointed as National Clinical Director for Mental Health Secure Services

Dr David Fearnley, Medical Director of Mersey Care NHS Trust and Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been appointed as Associate National Clinical Director for Mental Health Secure Services for NHS England.

The prestigious role follows Dr Fearnley’s work for Mersey Care since 2001, including specialising in High Secure Psychiatry, while he has been Medical Director at the Trust since 2005.

He has also been seconded as joint Medical Director at Calderstones since May 2015, leading the development of new models of secure learning disability and autism services at a time of significant change. Both Trusts have been awarded ‘good’ ratings by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in the last year following inspections of their services.

“I’m delighted to accept this post and hope to promote all the good work done at Mersey Care and Calderstones in my new role,” said Dr Fearnley.

“These are challenging times for all health services and in mental health we have had to look at different ways of providing our services and Mersey Care and Calderstones have worked together effectively to determine mutually beneficial services.

“I hope to bring that experience of working together and looking at ways we can improve our existing services and protocols to this new role.”

Dr Fearnley is a former Psychiatrist of the Year in 2009 with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Healthcare Financial Management Association ‘Working with Finance – Clinician of the Year' in 2013.

Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care’s Chief Executive, added: “I warmly congratulate this appointment which is a welcome recognition of Dr Fearnley’s strong clinical reputation and his achievements in delivering high quality care for our patients.” 

Last updated on 05 May 2016.


Our Criminal Justice Liaison Team received thanks from Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy, highlighting our “excellent partnership” and in particular Sadie Canning-Dosser and Kim Harrison who attended the Police Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group to talk about their work in mental health with the CJLT as part of the police’s support for Mental Health Awareness Week.

The community drug and alcohol teams at Brook Place, Liverpool, won the Best Placement category at Liverpool John Moores’ University School of Nursing and Allied Health Student Awards, recognising the significant impact that placement areas and teams have on the students' learning experience.

Congratulations to our Finance team for becoming only one of four organisations nationally to achieve the Level 3 accreditation from NHS Future Focused Finance, an approach for everyone involved in NHS finance to influence decision making in support of high-quality patient services.

Mersey Care’s Equality and Human Rights Advisor at Ashworth Hospital George Sullivan has won the prestigious Jane Roden Memorial Award for promoting equality at the Merseyside and Cheshire Navajo awards ceremony.

Students Claire McLoughlin, Elaine Piorun and Louise Vaughan received letters of commendation from John Moores’ University for a project to improve practice they undertook as part of their course and placement, to improve communication between the Trust and secondary care and a discharge related audit which prompted them to develop a new leaflet explaining the role of district nurses to help frontline staff.

Mersey Care staff took part in the May Day bank holiday charity dragon boat festival at Liverpool’s waterfront and dug deep to pull off the winners’ trophy. This year’s voluntary event raised money for Water Aid and Pool of Life, a breast cancer survivor charity and the Mersey Care team are preparing for the national corporate games in late June.


Last updated on 21 June 2018.

Artwork tackles stigma

Artwork created by schoolchildren in Sefton is helping raise awareness of mental wellbeing and tackle stigma.

Mersey Care and its construction partners Farran Heron Joint Venture (FHJV) unveiled 10 banners along its new-build mental health hospital construction site, which will be seen by thousands of people travelling along one of the area’s main roads Scarisbrick New Road, Southport.

The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ art was created by Year 5 pupils at nearby Kew Woods Primary School, Southport after Mersey Care and FHJV staff ran classroom sessions about practical evidence-based ways of improving health outcomes, such as being active, keep learning, and so on.

All of the children’s submitted drawings and paintings will be featured on the site hoardings during the construction phase up to the end of 2019. Five individual prizes were awarded to children whose artwork was judged as most representative of each of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, presented by Mersey Care Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel with vouchers donated by FHJV. 

Councillor Paul Cummins Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care who was one of a number of guests at the unveiling said: “This is going to be a quality provision and that’s what local people deserve. There has been a lot of support from the community and local school, who have been displaying quality artwork and their understanding of mental health.”

Construction of this £20 million project on the former Southport General Infirmary site will provide a modern, fit for purpose mental health facility serving the local community, replacing the existing Boothroyd Unit and nearby Hesketh Centre. A film of the event can be seen here.


Last updated on 21 June 2018.

Ministerial Visit

Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, Jackie Doyle Price MP, visited Mersey Care as part of a fact-finding visit to the North West.

The Minister’s visit was the highlight of a number of events run by Mersey Care to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, where she met service users and staff at both Life Rooms Walton and Ashworth High Secure Hospital, and was given a briefing on plans for mental health care at HMP Liverpool.

Jackie Doyle Price said: “It was a pleasure to visit the Life Rooms and Ashworth to see first hand the excellent work being done to help people suffering from mental ill health re-enter the community. I was particularly impressed by the range of courses provided within the community by the Recovery College to tackle stigma and enable self-care and recovery.

“This Mental Health Awareness Week I want to recognise the work that our mental health workforce do – the staff who I met do a vital job and I was genuinely moved to see the care provided for complex and vulnerable people in often very challenging circumstances.”

The Minister was also shown around a ward at Ashworth Hospital, where she was provided with an insight into our No Force First initiative and our development of the HOPES model and reducing seclusion.


Last updated on 21 June 2018.

Past, Present and Future

Since it was set up in 2001 Mersey Care has seen huge change and many challenges and most recently the expansion of our mental health and addiction services to include specialist learning disability and community physical health services. The Trust Board believes that what hasn’t changed is the motivation and commitment of our staff to provide the highest possible standard of care to those they serve.

Mersey Care’s Finance Director Neil Smith, in his Executive Performance Report, said measures are in place for each of the clinical divisions’ transformation plans in 2018 to 2019 including an operational plan. As part of that plan, all divisions have a transformation programme and here are their main objectives:

  • Local Services Division: “We will deliver a single point of access crisis service and an effective flow through our inpatient services, ensuring patients are treated locally as we work towards greater integration of our services. We will continue to improve Improving Access to Psychological Therapies in line with national policy.”
  • Secure Services Division: “We will provide excellent secure services and work with our partners to support recovery.”
  • Specialist Learning Disability Services Division: “We will transform care for people with learning disabilities providing integrated specialist community health services with access to inpatient beds if required in a person’s pathway.”
  • Liverpool and South Sefton Community Services Division: “We will deliver safe, high quality services as we work towards greater integration across health and social care.”

The Trust has grown from £206.9m income in 2014 to 2015 to planned income of £370.4m for 2018 to 2019 as a result of acquisitions of the former Calderstones and Liverpool Community Health (LCH) trusts. Since LCH became part of Mersey Care on 1 April 2018 a special working group has been set up to look at reviews that have already taken place and action learning points in response to the Kirkup Report as well as in advance of NHS England’s review of the reconfigured services.


Last updated on 21 June 2018.

Life Rooms Expansion

Mersey Care and Hugh Baird College have stared work on transforming a former church building in Bootle, Merseyside, into a state of the art health, social care and mental health training academy and Life Rooms.

A ground breaking ceremony took place at the new St Winefride’s Campus on 4 June attended by Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Mersey Care Chief Executive Joe Rafferty, Principal and Chief Executive of Hugh Baird College Yana Williams, construction partners and other stakeholders.

The partnership has been funded by a £3.9 million Local Growth Fund grant provided by the Liverpool City Region Combined Regional Authority through its Single Investment Fund. It will transform the main church into a training hub with café and will be a base for levels 1 to 6 health, social care and mental health training in partnership with Mersey Care.

A new Life Rooms will also be built on the plot of the presbytery to deliver courses providing practical life skills and become a community hub. It will sit alongside a centre of excellence to be redeveloped via an additional £200,000 contribution from Health Education England, which will contain a flexible learning and training space for employees of Mersey Care and other NHS trusts.

The Life Rooms will become an educational link to Hugh Baird College and a pathway for the estimated thousands of people that act as young carers without qualifications in Liverpool City region. A film of the ground breaking event can be seen here.

Mersey Care’s Life Rooms’ model began with the restoration of the former Walton Library into a base for a range of life opportunities for service users and carers and services to the wider community in a way that challenges stigma and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.

Now celebrating its second birthday in Walton and first birthday for Southport Life Rooms, it offers facilities as community hubs and centres for our pathways advisors and the Recovery College – more than 37,000 people have gone through the doors of both two venues. More information can be found at the Life Rooms website.

Mersey Care’s Joe Rafferty said: “There’s much talk about the need for prevention of ill health, be it mental or physical, and as often as not a debilitating combination of both. For young people this can affect their educational attainment, their relationships and, therefore, their overall life chances. The success of our two other Life Rooms sites has shown it is a socially affirming model that can provide real support at a crucial time in students’ lives.”

Last updated on 21 June 2018.

HRH Duke of Cambridge officially opens Life Rooms Walton

14 September, 2017

Life Rooms Walton was officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke Of Cambridge during a tour of the services on offer to the local community and mental health service users.

His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to mark the Life Rooms officially open, a year after the doors first opened following extensive refurbishment of the former Walton Library.

During his visit to the Life Rooms, which is now a community hub for well-being and home to Mersey Care’s Recovery College, The Duke of Cambridge met service users engaged in an IT tuition class, attended a confidence building course and met members of the gardening group supported by partner organisation, the Cass Foundation, who have transformed the grounds surrounding the building into a ’life garden’.

The Duke spent time with former service users in the social enterprise café, North Perk, met several Life Rooms volunteers as well as staff working within the Life Rooms Pathways Service. His Royal Highness also spent time meeting representatives of the Work Company, Liverpool in Work, Floating Housing Support and Lloyds Bank, who are among more than 35 partners now providing help, advice and practical support to Life Rooms users.

Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation, said: “It was a great privilege for all of us to meet His Royal Highness and show him how our Life Rooms model works, both for the local community and for our service users and carers. In particular, it was wonderful for him to be able to spend time with the people who have benefitted from our service during the last year. Their very real experiences provide the best insight into the effectiveness of what we offer.

“We’re aware of the great work that The Duke, The Duchess and Prince Harry are doing through their own ‘Heads Together’ campaign and believe that the Life Rooms shares many common goals, particularly with regard to promoting recovery and positive mental health and wellbeing.”

Since Life Rooms Walton opened last May, more than 16,000 people have visited. We have since opened another base in Southport while capital funding has been secured for a third Life Rooms to be opened in Bootle in partnership with Hugh Baird College.


Last updated on 21 June 2018.

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KHAT launches in Liverpool

A new project that aims to reduce the use of banned Class C drug KHAT launches in Liverpool.

The initiative will help affected communities understand the health and legal implications of using KHAT, a plant-based substance banned since 2014.

The project has been developed by the Community Development Team at Mersey Care, in partnership with Sanctuary Family Support and Liverpool Somali Community and is being funded by Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner through her Crime Prevention Fund, which aims to give community organisations a cash boost to cut crime and protect neighbourhoods.

Community ambassadors will be out in Liverpool communities offering one to one support and information on KHAT, aiming to prevent its use and providing help and advice to those who use it.

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “The Crime Prevention Fund is designed to recognise the really significant role local groups and third sector organisations play in identifying issues in their own communities. They often devise highly effective and inventive approaches to tackling those problems. I am pleased to be able to support this new project which will raise awareness of this banned substance and the impact its use can have on individuals, families and the wider community. I look forward to seeing the progress this initiative can make over the next few months.”

Last updated on 27 November 2018.

Mersey Care saves historic Carnegie building with unveiling of 'Life Rooms Walton'

Mersey Care NHS Trust have saved the historic Carnegie building at the former Walton Library and transformed it into the state-of-the-art ‘Life Rooms Walton’, a new centre for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing.

The stunning new centre has retained the historic exterior while the interior has been extensively refurbished into a state-of-the-art centre which will revolutionise the way people recover from and manage their mental health. It will also serve the wider community of Walton with a variety of new and exciting services that challenges stigma and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.

Leading mental health trust Mersey Care have also retained some of the popular library services for the local community at the much-loved building on Evered Avenue, off Rice Lane, Walton, which was opened in 1911, with the £8,000 cost being paid by Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

The building has become available as part of Liverpool City Council’s reduction in library services and Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation, said: “People have been scared they’d lose their library so it’s good to be able to reassure them that some of those services will be retained, including an electronic ordering service for books that are not in stock.”

Among the new services provided for the community, service users and carers at the Life Rooms are:

  • An employment and enterprise hub to help Mersey Care service users get back to work, through volunteering opportunities and further education
  • Literacy, numeracy and IT skills provided for service users in a safe environment
  • A library for learning and health and wellbeing
  • A children’s library area
  • Mersey Care Recovery College classrooms for people who want to come our wide range of courses and workshops (
  • Meeting spaces for community groups
  • A free IT suite for everyone to use
  • Interview areas for private one-to-one conversations enabling confidential support
  • A café run by a local social enterprise
  • An open area usable for art exhibitions and cultural activities for local groups.

The Life Rooms will continue to be used by the local residents’ association and historical society, and Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care’s Chief Executive, said: “The Life Rooms Walton is an important step in supporting our service users and extending our links into the community.

“Managing mental wellbeing should feel like a normal part of life and a way of doing things and while many of the facilities provided at the Life Rooms concentrate on service users, they are also about it being a place to seek advice and support on coping better and having a better life.

“The focus on employment is particularly important because it helps people feel valued and gives them a greater freedom of choice with their lives.”

The sympathetic restoration is in line with Mersey Care’s attempts to provide a therapeutic environment for everyone who uses the Life Rooms, whether they are attending the Recovery College’s courses or members of the local community using the facilities.

“No matter whether you’re facing challenges or a local resident using the library, it’s crucial to have somewhere where you feel valued, so when you step through the door, there’s a sense of welcome, a feeling that reminds you that you matter. We want it to be a happy building that people want to visit, where they look forward to coming back,” added Mr Crilly.

“Andrew Carnegie had a strong belief that beautiful buildings lift people’s spirits, providing hope and a horizon of learning on which to move forward in life and we believe we have been true to that vision.

“An incredible amount of thought has gone into preserving the historic features and public services offered from this building. We believe we have enhanced what was already a place of beauty and saved it for future generations.”

Last updated on 21 June 2018.

Joe Rafferty included in HSJ Influential Health List

Mersey Care Chief Executive Joe Rafferty has been named in the Health Service Journal's list of the top 100 most influential people in health. He was named at No 80, up 14 places from the previous year, in the annual list compiled by the influential healthcare magazine. undefined Mr Rafferty's rise up the rankings reflects an important year for Mersey Care. The Trust made the transition to Foundation Trust status while they also completed the acquisition to Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in July and formed the new Specialist Learning Division. In addition they also opened the Life Rooms, a centre for learning recovery, health and wellbeing, by extensively refurbishing the former Walton Library. Mr Rafferty was also rated as No 9 in the HSJ's list of top 50 Chief Executives published last year. 

Last updated on 21 June 2018.

Busting the OCD Myth


Sheldon Cooper.  The quirky housemat whose mannerisms and scientific rants have become a trademark in Channel 4's Big Bang Theory.  His propensity to stop just short of spontaneous combustion if it's not the right day to wash his clothes, his preoccupation with a certain seat in his flat and his door knocking ritual (knock three times quickly, say the person's name - the repeat) make us simultaneously chuckle and grit our teeth.

It's great television. But living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is no laughing matter.  It's not that brief panic that you've left the iron on, or a tap running. OCD brings intrusive thoughts combined with an exaggerated sense of responsibility should things go wrong.

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Last updated on 24 October 2016.

Tackling stigma

The Big Brew 5K Talk Walk

The Big Brew Talk Walk

How far will you go to help stamp out stigma and get people talking about mental health?

Anyone can experience mental health problems and being able to talk about them is a vital step towards recovery.

Join us for the Big Brew Talk Walk at Aintree Racecourse, on Sunday 4 October. Gates open 12 noon, the 5k walk starts at 1pm and we’ll make you a free cuppa after you finish the walk!

The event is part of Liverpool’s festival of activities for World Mental Health Day. We’ll be joined by special guests and there’ll be a market place with stalls from organisations across Liverpool for you to enjoy.

Talking can be a life saver, but the stigma that still surrounds mental health issues stops many from asking for help. Let’s get moving and unite to stop the stigma.

The Talk Walk is at Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Rd, Liverpool, Merseyside L9 5AS.

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Last updated on 11 October 2016.

Talking Therapies

Talk Liverpool

Talk Liverpool is an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and our aim is to provide psychological treatments, sometimes called talking treatments, to help people who have common mental health problems such as feeling stressed, feeling low in mood (depressed) or very nervous (anxiety).

We aim to see you quickly and offer the kind of help you want in the way you want it. We can work with you on the telephone, face to face, on line and through offering a range of courses and workshops. We can see you at one of our hubs near to you or at a health centre or community venue.


Last updated on 11 October 2016.

Terry Waite visits Ashworth High Secure Hospital

Former Church of England envoy Terry Waite visited Ashworth High Secure Hospital Thursday 29 October 2015 as part of a co-produced recovery programme for patients to gain inspiration from notable speakers.

Mr Waite, now 76, was held captive in Lebanon between 1987 and 1991, visited Ashworth Hospital to give a talk to patients about his time as a hostage and also answered questions from them. He also met with staff who nurse patients on a high dependency ward.

The visit was part of a co-produced recovery programme with patients requesting motivational speakers talking about hope and inspiration to help service users overcome adversity.

“We are constantly looking at ways to stimulate and interest our patients in all parts of our service, which often helps with their recovery programme,” said Mark Chandley, Senior Clinical Nurse at Ashworth Hospital.

“Inviting someone of Terry Waite’s stature and enabling him to address the patients and discuss his time as a hostage can only help in that process.”

Among the many questions asked of Mr Waite by patients were “did you think every minute would be your last, how big a role did hope play in your survival and how did you cope with the anxiety, isolation and mental stress?”

Mr Waite said: “I’m on the record as saying that love and compassion will always win and I was really impressed with Mersey Care’s commitment to their No Force First initiative.

“You can see how it benefits patients and staff and Mersey Care should be applauded for the work they have done in looking at different innovative approaches for mental health care and recovery.”

Last updated on 11 October 2016.

Mersey Care’s ‘Oddy’ film enjoys Clapperboard Awards success

Mersey Care has won five main awards at the 10th annual Clapperboard Awards in Liverpool, which celebrates the achievements of young creative talent from across Merseyside.

Oddy, a short film created by young service users and carers with Clapperboard UK to encourage people to talk about their mental health, was the success story of the Awards Ceremony attended by stars of stage and screen, including Benidorm actress Crissy Rock and Shameless actress Tina Malone.

The film won the Best Original Music and Best Film categories, Amy Woods won for Best Young Actress and Julian Sudbury won Best Young Actor and Best Young Achiever Award.

“Mersey Care is delighted to be working in partnership with Clapperboard, enabling young people to explore their own mental health and well-being in the context of their own contemporary culture,” said Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation.

“Recovery is a journey that is all about offering hope, control and opportunity. In this project our young people are able to tell their story in such a way that all three elements become a living and powerful reality.”

The awards were based on young people between the ages of seven and 26 showcasing their films at Liverpool’s Capstone Theatre, exploring issues around identity, community and mental health.

They were judged by a panel including award-winning writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, acclaimed producer Nicola Shindler, star of stage and screen John Simm and Clapperboard volunteer Sascha Corkill.

Last updated on 11 October 2016.

Self Help Guides

Mersey Care has a number of self help guides that may help with a number of issues. They can be found on our website via this link



Last updated on 11 October 2016.

Expert by Experience Iris Benson receives MBE for services to mental health

Mersey Care’s expert by experience, Iris Benson, has received her MBE for services to mental health at an official ceremony with HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Iris, 59, received her recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last June but officially received the honour at a ceremony in London last week.

Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care’s chief executive, said: “Since the day I arrived at the Trust four years ago, Iris has been an immense help to me and fully deserves this recognition.

“We pride ourselves on working with current and former service users in developing new ways of working and ensuring we set the highest possible standards for patient experience.

“The input of Iris and her colleagues has been invaluable to that process and everyone here at Mersey Care is very proud of Iris’ achievement.”

Iris Benson MBE said: “Going to Buckingham Palace to receive my MBE was a special day for me and my family, but I’d like to think I was going as the representative of everyone who has been through, or worked in, the mental health system.

“We talk a lot about co-production at Mersey Care and this award has definitely been co-produced. Without the support and help I have received over the years, I would never have been awarded this MBE.

“I believe everyone can achieve their dreams and reach their goals and I certainly never dreamed of the life I have today. It’s been truly co-produced with everyone including staff, carers and service users working together with me to try and make a difference for me and many others.

“During my lifetime attitudes and perceptions of mental illness and disability have started to change, but we still have a lot of hard work to do to challenge some attitudes and cultures and the stigma that remains everywhere.  We’re all on a journey in our lives and I believe we’re beginning to see mental and physical health thought about on an equal footing.

“At Mersey Care service users, staff and carers work together and we need to continue doing that, each complimenting each other in this different way of working. I believe we all have a gift and we need to enable, support and give people the right help that gives them back hope, opportunity and control to live a meaningful fulfil life like I do now.

"Without all this, I wouldn’t be here. I would certainly have taken my own life and I hope I can use my MBE to inspire and help others on their journey to recovery.”

Last updated on 11 October 2016.

Annual General Meeting and Members' Event

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is holding the Annual General Meeting and Members' Event on 28 September 2016 at Aintree Racecourse. 

The meeting is designed to be of interest to you as someone who is interested in Mersey Care and what we are doing, whether you are a service user, carer, member of staff or member of the public.


We will be giving an update about the Trust and the services we provide, and there will be an opportunity to meet members of the Trust Board.


Lunch will be at 1.00pm, and there will be a wide variety of stalls - Life Rooms/Recovery College; Health and Wellbeing; Smoke Free; Perfect Care; and more - where you can get information and chat.


The AGM itself starts at 1.45pm and finishes at 3.00pm.


Anyone attending the Annual General Meeting and Members’ event is warmly invited to attend our Public Board meeting which takes place at 10.30am and have a wide ranging agenda which will give you a lot of information and a chance to hear how the Board operates.  There is also time for you to ask us questions regarding items on the agenda.


If you wish to attend please let Christy White know (for seating purposes) by 23 September. Tel 0151 471 2336 or

Directions to Aintree can be found here. 

Last updated on 07 September 2016.

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