Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

01244 397397 Trust Headquarters Redesmere, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road , Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1BQ



  • 'CWP Life' Magazine available
  • Nursing leader Avril Devaney awarded MBE
  • CWP achieves GOOD results for OUTSTANDING care from national regulator
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) was formed in 2002 and achieved Foundation Trust status in June 2007. We provide health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care – including the provision of three GP surgeries.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool – and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Our services are provided in partnership with commissioners, local authorities, voluntary and independent organisations, people who access our services, their carers and families. The Trust has over 14,500 members and employs more than 3,000 staff across 60 sites, serving a population of over 1 million people and highly specialist services for 2 million.

Departments and services

CWP offer the following services. For a thorough breakdown of each service area, please click a title to be taken to that section of our external website:

Also see our very latest news and events pages by visiting our external website.


Latest news

'CWP Life' Magazine available


The latest edition of our Trust magazine CWP Life is out now. Read it here.

This issue features an inspiring easy read story from Jane Mingins, which you are urged  to read whilst finding out more about our West Cheshire community learning disability team. There is also an accompanying CWP TV feature here (open in Chrome) with Jane who tells her story about the impact our services have had on her life.

Also featured are your pictures from the Going the Extra Mile Awards, new patient and carer experience team leads and a celebration of our ‘Outstanding for Caring’ rating from the CQC.

As well as being sent to all staff and circulated in patient areas, CWP Life is issued to commissioners, MPs, local councillors, third sector organisations and other partners. If you would like your service or story to be featured in the next edition, please get in touch via

Last updated on 08 April 2019.

Nursing leader Avril Devaney awarded MBE

Nursing Leader Avril Devaney MBE

Nursing leader Avril Devaney has been recognised for services to Nursing of People with Mental Health Problems and awarded an MBE in today’s published New Year’s Honours list.

Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) Avril says: “I am absolutely delighted to have my contribution recognised in this way. I have worked alongside many amazing people over the past 32 years who have inspired me to do all I can to improve opportunities and support for people experiencing  mental health conditions to live full lives. I am privileged to work for an organisation that really cares about the people it provides services to and am grateful for the opportunities I have had to make a difference.”

Avril first received national recognition for her work in November 1999 with The Queen’s Nursing Institute Award for Innovation after establishing a mental health nursing service in police custody suites, and is also recognised for addressing the harm to people with mental health conditions caused by smoking. She led work to make CWP the first smoke-free mental health trust in England, and has also led its Challenging Stigma campaign since 2004.

Avril continues: “Leading the work on smoking cessation has been one of the most challenging but rewarding areas of my work. To know that people with mental illness are now receiving the best possible support and will therefore live longer lives is brilliant and I’m glad to have been a part of this significant change in approach. I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to improvements in care.”

Passionate about person-centred care and reducing health inequalities, Avril has been the Trust’s link with mental health services at Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda since 2010, and was a founder of the Jamie Devaney Memorial Fund to support mental health services in Uganda and create a lasting legacy for her son Jamie, who died aged four following a short illness during a family holiday and fundraising trip there. She received an honorary MA in 2014 from the University of Chester in recognition of her outstanding contribution to healthcare. In 2015 Avril was also recognised as a Nursing Times Leader.

Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive at CWP, said: “I am very proud of Avril’s achievement which highlights the importance of challenging the stigma in mental health and ensuring that people with mental health issues have equal opportunities to healthy and fulfilling lives. Avril is a valued member of the team at CWP and always reflects our values of compassionate care – on behalf of everyone and our partners we send our whole hearted congratulations.”

David Eva, Chairman, comments: "I am so pleased to see Avril recognised for the work she has done in championing a person centred and holistic approach in mental health nursing. She has played a crucial role in developing CWPs involvement of service users and carers and in ensuring that the physical health of people with mental health issues is not seen as secondary. Her lead in tackling nicotine addiction is just one example of this. Avril's dedication to patients and the continuous improvement of their care is an inspiration and has without doubt assisted CWP in achieving "outstanding"for care in the recent CQC inspection!"


Last updated on 04 January 2016.

CWP achieves GOOD results for OUTSTANDING care from national regulator

CQC Result

CWP has achieved “good” results from the Care Quality Commission following a Trustwide inspection of all services.

The report, published on 3 December 2015, shows services were overall rated ‘outstanding’ for being caring and ‘good’ for being responsive, well-led and effective and required improvement for ‘safe’. Of the 14 core services inspected, inpatient services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism were rated ‘outstanding’ – an extremely rare accomplishment.

10 core services were “good” including wards for older people with mental health problems, long stay/rehabilitation mental health wards for working age adults, child and adolescent mental health wards, community mental health services for all ages and people with learning disabilities and/or autism, crisis services and health based places of safety, community physical health services for adults and ‘end of life’ services.

Within all of the services inspected, the CQC found “…staff were observed to be professional and caring in manner. Patients were treated with compassion and empathy and engagement between staff and patients was positive, collaborative and meaningful.”

CWP Chief Executive, Sheena Cumiskey, comments: “We are delighted with the results which are a great reflection on the high quality of care delivered by our services and the professionalism and caring nature of our staff.” To read more about CWP’s response to the results please go to Sheena’s blog. Click to read CQC results.


Last updated on 03 December 2015.

Big Book of Best Practice 2017/18

Big Book 2017-18

CWP has published its fifth Big Book of Best Practice. The guide features case studies from around the Trust which aim to demonstrate examples of leading clinical practice and facilitate the sharing of innovative ideas.

See the Big Book of Best Practice 2017-18.

The Big Book of Best Practice is part of the Trust’s #CWPZeroHarm campaign.  Zero Harm’s key message is ‘StopThinkListen’: a concept that involves supporting everyone to deliver the best care possible, as safely as possible and in doing so reducing unnecessary avoidable harms.

Since the campaign’s launch, CWP has invested in creating an environment that allows the maximum number of people to achieve good outcomes and positive recovery, with the smallest number of people experiencing adverse outcomes. It is therefore vital CWP shares and learns from good practice to provide the best care possible for people who access and are affected by our services.

Over 100 submissions were received and the standard was incredibly high. Previous editions of the Big Book of Best Practice:

Big Book of Best Practice 2016-17

Big Book of Best Practice 2015-16

Big Book of Best Practice 2014/15

Big Book of Best Practice 2013/14


Last updated on 18 October 2017.

CWP receives glowing recognition for carer support

Triangle of Care

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has received its second gold star from the national Carers Trust, recognising the Trust’s commitment to improving support for unpaid carers and their families.

Since becoming one of the first members of Carers Trust’s ‘Triangle of Care’ scheme, staff in secondary mental health, learning disability and acquired brain injury teams have completed 49 self-assessment audits and created action plans to work towards a three way partnership between the service user, the main carer and the professional.

Helen Bainbridge, carer experience and recovery lead at CWP has worked closely with Carers and Cheshire and Warrington Carers Centre and Wirral Family Tree to co-produce specialised carer awareness training for front line staff. Teams have been encouraged to develop stronger partnership working with a range of local carer support organisations including services to support both young carers and adults.

Avril Devaney, director of nursing, therapies and patient partnership at CWP says, “The Triangle of Care shows that this three way partnership between service user, carers and clinicians, with all voices being heard will produce the best most person centred care. It places an onus on professionals and services to actively encourage the partnership.”

Ruth Hannan, Policy and Development Manager from Carers Trust, assessed CWP and says, “There was evidence of strong partnership working with carers and a wide range of local carer organisations. I hope to see this strong commitment to the Triangle of Care to continue.

“I was provided with a very comprehensive report which reflected on the successes as well as the challenges for implementation. It was very positive to see a range of carers and carer organisations clearly involved in the process.”

The recognition comes after the launch of the new Care Act which launched on 1 April 2015. The Act strengthens the rights of all voluntary and unpaid carers to request a Carers Assessment via the local authority who are keen to identify carers at an earlier stage, recognise the contribution they make and offer support to enable the unpaid carer to sustain their caring role and support their own health and wellbeing.

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

New magazine 'CWP Life' is now available

CWP Life

You can now read the first edition of the new Trust magazine, CWP Life.

This magazine replaces our membership newsletter, Engage, and our staff newsletter CWPeople, to create a one stop publication for all Trust news and information.

CWP Life has been designed and produced in collaboration with people who access our services, carers, staff and our governors to make sure it is packed full of real and useful content. Over 200 people provided feedback and inputted into the development of this magazine.

View the first issue of CWP Life here.

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

Young voices at the heart of new health and wellbeing service

5-19 health and wellbeing service

Young people across Western Cheshire are set to benefit from a new health and wellbeing service that is being rolled out across the area.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has appointed CWP to provide a comprehensive health and wellbeing service for 5-19 year olds.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) will be providing the service from 1st January 2015 and is looking for young people, their families and schools to get involved in shaping the new service.

Julie Critchley, CWP acting director of operations, says: “Our ambition is to improve the outcomes of children and young people in West Cheshire to enable them to maximise their life chances. We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and are keen to engage with local young people to find out what they would like to see as part of this new exciting service.

“Our teams will continue to work closely with young people and their schools to offer additional support to support them through this period of transition. Joined up working with all of our stakeholders is very important to us to ensure the new service is accessible, providing early advice and guidance to everyone who needs it”.

Councillor Brenda Dowding, executive member for Adult Social Care and Health at Cheshire West and Chester Council and chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board, says: “We want the best for our young people, their families and carers and it’s important that we provide a service that fits their individual needs and lifestyles.

“We recognised that a review of the current service provision was needed following the transfer of the commissioning responsibilities to the Council’s Public Health team in 2013.

“The new service model will provide better outcomes for our young people with a strong focus on risk reduction, self-management and prevention. It will also have a strong online presence that will be launched later in the year.”

Young people, their families, carers are schools are currently being invited to help shape and develop the new service in partnership with CWP. If you would like to express your interest in getting involved, please contact the CWP Communications and Engagement Team on 01244 397400 or email

For any concerns or queries, contact the CWP Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALs) on the free phone number 0800 195 4462.

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

Care packs donated to local homeless people this Christmas

Robert Bisset and Avril Devaney

Over 200 care packs filled with toiletries items have been distributed across shelters in Cheshire and Wirral following a CWP staff donation campaign.

Staff from CWP have been collecting items such as shower gel, toothbrushes, wipes and deodorant in support of the Trust’s Care Wash Pack Campaign – the organisation’s drive to help local homeless people during the festive period.

The care packs were delivered to seven shelters throughout Cheshire and Wirral in time for Christmas, including Chester Aid to the Homeless, Birkenhead YMCA and Macclefield’s Treehouse Project.

Avril Devaney, CWP director or nursing who led the campaign, said: “The work behind CWP’s Care Wash Pack campaign goes back to Christmas 2013, when a CWP staff member plated up a Christmas dinner and took it to a person she knew was homeless. We understand the significant links between homelessness and mental ill health and this was the inspiration for others at the Trust to pull together and help the homeless at Christmas.

“The response from staff has been absolutely brilliant. From donating items, packing bags and delivering to shelters – the staff have really got behind the campaign.

“Although this was primarily an internal campaign, we were fortunate enough to also receive donations from other organisations. We’d like to say a special thank you to Tesco, Morrisons, Unilever and Adidas for supporting us with their contributions, and to Hannah Louise Hall for her specially designed posters.”

CWP management accounts assistant, Katie Edwards - who led the Trust’s finance team in packing over 30 Care Wash Packs for the campaign - said: “It just started as an email out to our department asking for people to bring in spare items from home but I never expected the amazing response I had.  People started to bring in things from home but then started to ask what things they could go out and buy. Before I knew it we had boxes and boxes of toiletries and underwear. The generosity of staff has been overwhelming and made me proud to be a part of CWP.”

Robert Bisset, CEO of Chester Aid to the Homeless, said: “The donations will be spread out across the street homeless community, many of whom have very little to call their own. It is terrific that NHS staff at CWP have given up their time to organise and plan such a wonderful surprise for the homeless people.”

Vince Hessey, trustee of YMCA Wirral, said: “I would like to express our thanks for the kindness of CWP. All the staff were overwhelmed with the generosity of CWP and the Care Wash Packs will help to improve the day to day lives of homeless people who access the YMCA Night Shelter.” 

More information about CWP’s Care Wash Pack campaign can be found at

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

Retired CWP clinical director awarded MBE

Wirral-based GP Dr Stefan Janikiewicz has been awarded an MBE for services to reducing drug misuse in the New Year’s Honours 2015.

Dr Janikiewicz, GP at Moreton Health Centre, is a former clinical director of CWP, and recently retired after holding the position for 23 years.

Following the news of his MBE, Dr Janikiewicz said: “I think I’ve been a challenging person to work with throughout the years, but because I always spoke from the heart I got away with it! During my time at CWP I worked with so many caring drug and alcohol workers, good managers and admin staff, and although the award is in my name, it really is a massive team effort.

“I’ve had such great support from the Trust during my years as clinical director. Being a person who doesn’t really like a fuss, I’m surprised by just how much this means to me.”

During his time at CWP Dr Janikiewicz was instrumental in shaping drug and alcohol services across the Wirral and beyond. Particular achievements include developing an award winning shared care service with 100% of Wirral GP practices being involved. He also made a significant contribution to Wirral’s Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy and had a leading role in developing a pioneering Hepatitis C pathway into treatment for drug users.

David Eva, CWP Chairman, said: “We are delighted for Stefan. He has made a fantastic contribution to the development of our leading edge drug and alcohol services on the Wirral and has made a positive difference to thousands of people over the years. Having followed his work for the last 25  years I can bear witness to this being  thoroughly deserved recognition of someone who has gone the extra mile on many occasions.”


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Last updated on 20 October 2015.

Big Book of Best Practice 2014/15

big book

CWP has published its second Big Book of Best Practice. The guide features case studies from around the Trust which aim to demonstrate examples of leading clinical practice and facilitate the sharing of innovative ideas. The book is based on the annual CWP good practice showcase which was held at Crewe Alexandra Football Stadium earlier this week.

Dr Anushta Sivananthan, consultant psychiatrist and medical director, said: "When putting the book together we were inundated with case studies, ideas and innovative ways of working – more than we could publish in the book you can read today. I’d like to thank all contributors from across the Trust for sharing their case studies for service improvements and patient centred care.

"Continuous improvement and innovation will help us meet the challenges that the Trust and our partners are facing, whilst providing the best care possible to our patients and carers."

You can see the Big Book of Best Practice by downloading the document or viewing the online flipbook.

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

NHS Sustainability Day gets the green thumbs-up

NHS Sustainability Day gets the green thumbs-up

Patients, staff and volunteers at CWP have given NHS Sustainability Day the ‘green thumbs-up’ by planting over 175 native local cherry, hazel and willow trees at the Countess of Chester Country Park.

The trees were donated to CWP from environmental organisations, NHS Forest and OxTreeGen as part of NHS Sustainability Day.

Jeannie Metcalfe-Hall, CWP environmental manager, said: “NHS Sustainability Day supports NHS organisations to manage green spaces on or near to their land for the benefit of their patients, staff and local communities. This is the third year the Trust has taken part in the campaign and we’re delighted to have been given the trees for our country park.

“Having such an excellent pleasant green space close to Bowmere Hospital is great for aiding patient recovery time, by providing an area for relaxation and a space for our staff and many other people to take gentle exercise.

“The environment team at CWP are continuously working to actively reduce the Trust’s environmental impact, making sure that environmental sustainability is incorporated into all aspects of the products and services required to operate and maintain the services that we provide to Cheshire and Wirral.”

Photo (top right), from left to right: Paul Banks, CWP grounds maintenance manager; Matthew Chambers, Care UK volunteer support worker; John Dix, CWP volunteer gardener; Jeannie Metcalfe-Hall, environmental manager and Kimberly Waring CWP medical secretary.

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

CWP's CAMHS website wins national award

iNetwork Innovation Awards

CWP has been crowned winner at the iNetwork Innovation Awards for its pioneering children’s mental health website., a website run by CWP's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, received the accolade in the Innovative Access to Public Services category at the recent iNetwork Innovation Awards 2014, which took place on 27 November at the !Audacious Church in Manchester.

Following the event, Dr Fiona Pender, CWP Clinical Director, said: “To win in this category is a real privilege for a Child and Adolescent Mental Health team and we were very proud to collect the award on behalf of all the young people and CWP staff who have worked hard to develop the site and those who continue to do so. We believe that through our MyMind site CWP is de-stigmatising CAMHS services for our local population and ensuring that young people are supported to access care when they need it.”

This award comes soon after Mymind was highly commended in both the Innovation in Mental Health category at this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards and the Innovation in CAMHS category at the Positive Practice in mental Health Awards 2014.

Lesley Dougan, CWP children and young people’s practitioner, said: “Winning the iNetwork Innovation Award is recognition for the consistent efforts of the Mymind steering group and CWP CAMHS’ participation workers. It’s such an exciting time to be involved with the project, and all the recent success highlights our determination for the website to evolve and remain relevant to children and young people who access CAMHS. I am exceptionally proud that Mymind is globally received as a gold standard example in engaging young people via social media.” was created in 2011 and provides key information and resources to young people, families and professionals, aiming to raise awareness and reduce stigma around child mental health issues. It has a wide range of interactive digital tools including downloadable resources, videos, podcasts and a vibrant twitter account: @Mymindfeed.

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

Wirral Memory Service receive ‘excellent’ accreditation status

Wirral Memory Service receive ‘excellent’ accreditation status

The CWP Wirral Memory Service has been accredited as ‘excellent’, the highest accreditation status, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The service provides assessment for people who have suspected or diagnosed memory problems, including issues with forgetfulness, confusion, language and behaviour following referral from GPs and social care professionals.

The Memory Services National Accreditation Programme is operated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and works with services to assure and improve the quality of care for people with memory problems / dementia and their carers.

Dawn Harvey, CWP Wirral memory service manager said: “It is estimated that there are currently 700,000 people in the UK with dementia, and this number is expected to double over the next 30 years, making the quality of care more important than ever.

“We are delighted to have been awarded the highest accreditation status. The team work hard to support people and their loved ones through what can be a difficult time in their lives.

“As part of our assessment process, we gathered feedback from our patients and their families which was overwhelmingly positive. Involving service users and carers in the accreditation is a priority for CWP as they are the people with first-hand experience of using our services. The insight and comments received really boosted team morale and assured us that we’re doing a good job and making a difference.”

Anonymous patient and carer feedback included:

“The nurses always talk to my Dad as well as explaining things to me. They make him feel that he is very important (which he is to me).”

“The staff explained the process thoroughly and reiterated it to my Father in a very sensitive manner. I feel the diagnosis was accepted by Dad due to their skilful approach.”

“The staff were very kind towards my Mother and the same to me. We left feeling better about the diagnosis.”

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

International recognition for CWP safety initiative

Dr Ian Davidson, CWP consultant psychiatrist and clinical expert champion for Zero Harm

Dr Ian Davidson, CWP consultant psychiatrist and clinical expert champion for Zero Harm attended the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Health Care this week, presenting one of 12 mental health posters.

The theme of the conference is ‘Strive for Excellence. Seek Value. Spark a Revolution’.

CWP’s poster was entitled “Towards ‘Zero Harm’ in Mental Health” and is part of the Trust’s wider campaign to reduce avoidable harm and support the national movement to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world.

Dr Anushta Sivananthan, CWP consultant psychiatrist and medical director, said: “The Trust is continuing to drive improvements in patient safety and quality through its commitment to a culture of zero harm. The Board recently approved a 3-5 year investment in this area to enable staff to deliver the best care, by reducing avoidable harm and embedding a culture of patient safety across the Trust.”

The international conference was hosted by the British Medical Journal and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Paris and was attended by over 3000 health professionals from 73 countries.

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

CWP chief executive named as outstanding leader

CWP’s chief executive - Sheena Cumiskey

CWP’s chief executive, Sheena Cumiskey has been recognised as an outstanding leader of NHS provider organisations by the Health Service Journal (HSJ). One of only five chief executives named from across the North West.

The HSJ Top Chief Executives 2014 list, published for the first time this week, acknowledged Sheena for always acting with the utmost integrity, to develop those she works with, and to have a passion for leadership.

Sheena, commented: “My main objective as a chief executive is to improve the lives of the people we serve. As a Trust, we can only do this by ensuring we work in partnership with our service users and staff, to enable everyone to be the best that they can be. 

“I am delighted to have been recognised by the HSJ, particularly as it was based around one key question in the recent NHS staff survey: the percentage of staff who would be happy for a friend or family member to be treated at the organisation at which they work. If our staff think we’re doing a good job, then I know we’re making positive strides in the right direction.

“Our staff are our most important asset in supporting individuals to reach their potential. By supporting all employees, they in turn are able to give their best to the people we serve.

“I am very proud of our organisation and of the NHS as a whole. The NHS is driven by the common purpose of reducing health inequalities and improving people’s lives by providing care in the broadest sense, free at the point of delivery and not being driven by profit. As NHS staff, we work for potentially the most vibrant social enterprise, where care is based on doing the best for people in the most effective and efficient way possible.”

The independent judging panel included Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England medical director and Chris Hopson, chief executive at the Foundation Trust Network, amongst other key figures in the NHS.

Sheena has 30 years’ experience in the NHS with 18 of those at chief executive level. She is chair of the North West Leadership Academy, a member of the National Leadership Academy Programme Board, a member of Health Education North West Board and a member of Academic Health Science Network North West Coast Board.

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

New substance misuse service for people of East Cheshire

Cheshire East Council has appointed CWP as the lead provider of a new integrated drug and alcohol Service in Cheshire East.

From 3 November 2014, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) will continue to provide the service in collaboration with Acorn Recovery Project, Intuitive Recovery, Catch22, Expanding Futures and Emerging Horizons.

Cllr Janet Clowes Portfolio Holder: Care & Health in the Community says: “We recognised that a review of current services was needed following these transferring to the Councils Public Health team last year. The new service will mean a move to a recovery from substance misuse service model rather than a service model that holds people in treatment services”

The Director of Public Health Dr Heather Grimbaldeston says:  “A lot has changed about how alcohol and new drugs including performance / image enhancing and prescription medications are used now. This new service will better address the needs of our Cheshire East population now and the foreseeable future”.

Julia Cottier, CWP Service Director, says: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and will ensure that the new working arrangements deliver sustainable improvement in the number of people recovering from drug and alcohol misuse. We will deliver the best possible support during this period of change in service delivery and we will work together with all stakeholders to ensure the new services are accessible and provide early advice and guidance to everyone who needs it”.

Cllr Rachel Bailey Portfolio Holder for Children & Families says: “We want the best for our young people; families and adults with a greater focus on prevention and early help support, this new service is designed to meet that need and better serve our population”. 

People who use current drug and alcohol services are being invited to help shape and develop the new service in partnership with us. Additionally should you wish to get involved, please contact the Participation Team on 01270 253841. For any concerns or queries, contact CWP Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALs) on the free phone number 0800 195 4462.

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

Minister for Justice Visits CWP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Minister of Justice, Jeremy Wright, and Chester MP Stephen Mosley have praised a local NHS drug and alcohol team for the work they do to support people in the community.

The visit took place yesterday at the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP) NHS Foundation Trust service, based at Aqua House in Boughton. It included a tour of the facilities which include nursing support, healthy living advice, mental health support, hospital liaison and a range of partnerships including work with local hostels and other voluntary groups. Also in attendance were partners from Cheshire Police.

Jeremy Wright commented: “I’ve been really impressed by the work of Aqua House. Helping people with drug and alcohol addiction is important for all of society. It is particularly important for those at risk of entering a downward spiral into prison and those who are trying to get themselves back on the straight and narrow after a period in prison. The staff at Aqua House are transforming lives and it’s been inspiring to meet the beneficiaries of the work they do.”

Stephen Mosely added: “West Cheshire is leading the way in treating people with drug and alcohol addiction and helping them turn their lives around. I’m delighted to bring Jeremy to Aqua House in Boughton so he can see for himself the remarkable work they are doing. Drug and alcohol addiction is a great challenge – for the individuals involved, their families and for all of society. Overcoming it requires passionate and tailored intervention at facilities like Aqua House.

Tony McLeod, Clinical Service Manager for CWP NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were delighted to receive a visit from the Minister of Justice and the local MP to our Chester team. We talked about the recent changes to the way the Trust delivers its services for people in West Cheshire, which enables us to work more effectively and holistically to deal with the challenges people with addictions face. We now have an exciting mix of recovery services including physical health, mental health and wellbeing interventions which enable our clients to integrate back into communities and lead better lives.”

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

Top Performance for CWP IAPT Services

CWP has been recognised as providing one of the top performing primary mental health services (IAPT) in England.

The Trust's IAPT Service in West Cheshire offers assessment and assistance to people with a wide range of mental health needs including feeling stressed, anxious, low in mood or depressed.

Therapies include face-to-face and telephone consultations, computer assisted treatments and courses/workshops.

To celebrate Jane Palombella, CWP clinical services manager and Janet Foster, CWP IAPT clinical lead were invited to the Department of Health in London to attend an audience with Norman Lamb, minister of state for care and support.

Janet Foster CWP IAPT clinical lead, said “We were delighted to be recognised in this way, which is a credit to the hard work of the wider team. The event was a great opportunity to learn from other high performing services and know that we continue to head in the right direction, providing high quality care for our patients and achieving national targets.”

The CWP service was identified as performing particularly well in relation to general access and recovery rates, improving access for people over the age of 65 and waiting times.

Jane Palombella, CWP clinical service manager, said: “IAPT services are designed to offer a level of support that gets the best results and helps people to help themselves, supporting them to get back to enjoying life and engaging with work or daily activities. People’s experiences of anxiety and depression often differ and we therefore provide various levels of support, depending on peoples’ individual circumstances. Getting help early is a key factor in enabling people to maintain their lifestyle without any impact on their day-today lives.”

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

Funding success for mobile technology strategy

Funding success for mobile technology strategy

CWP has been successful in securing £330,000 from NHS England’s Nursing Technology Fund. The funding award will be used to develop the Trust’s mobile computing strategy in order to deliver the paper light systems, in line with the targets set out by the Department of Health.

This project will seek to harness the benefits of using mobile solutions so that CWP’s community based staff have increased time to offer service users effective care. The project also helps facilitate greater sharing of information between clinical teams and ultimately with services users. Equipping our community care teams with relevant technology will enable patient information to be updated in real-time at the point of care regardless of setting. Therefore reducing the need for paper records and improving access to up-to-date information for staff working in the community.

Expected benefits to patients will include:

  • More time with clinicians, reducing patient anxieties as new flexible ways of working are embraced by clinicians
  • Better self-management through the delivery of real-time care planning in support of  the ‘no decision about me without me’ strategy
  • Increased safety as clinical staff are able to access timely pertinent clinical information contained in EPRs, enabling informed and expedient diagnosis and effective decision making
  • Reduced waiting times as clinical capacity is increased through greater productivity.

Expected benefits to clinicians will include:

  • Improved access to clinical systems will significantly improve the ability of clinicians to develop accurate contemporaneous records as required by Professional and Regulatory bodies
  • Greater flexibility built into service provision so that in some instances the office or place of work becomes truly mobile. For example clinicians will be able to manage their working day from anywhere, therefore resulting in reduced travel costs and carbon foot print
  • The streamlining and reduction in administrative and paper burden currently faced by clinicians.

For more information, please email

Last updated on 20 October 2015.

"CWP Life" Magazine Available - issue 8

The winter issue of CWP Life can be accessed by clicking here. In this issue, one of our service users shares her story of her experience with our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in order to help others. There are also features on our annual Big Book of Best Practice event in Macclesfield and our inaugural CWP Recognition Awards event in Ellesmere Port.

CWP Life has been designed and produced in collaboration with people who access our services, carers, staff and our governors to make sure it is packed full of real and useful content. Over 200 people provided feedback and inputted into the development of this magazine.

In our mission to minimise waste and improve efficiency, we are sending out fewer copies. We hope you read it and then pass it on. Let us know on Twitter how far your copy has gone by tweeting @CWPNHS using the hashtag #PassItOn.

If you would like to suggest a story idea for inclusion in the next edition, please contact the Communications and Engagement Team on 01244 397400 or email:


Last updated on 19 December 2017.

CWP Life - Issue 3 out now!

CWP Life Feb 2016 cover

The latest edition of 'CWP Life' has just been released and can be accessed online by clicking here

This edition features the latest news from across the Trust including recent awards to Sheena Cumiskey (HSJ Chief Executive of the Year) and Avril Devaney (MBE), investment in Wirral services with a look at the purchase and refurbishment of Springview, the new website for wellbeing for the 5-19 service in West Cheshire, an analysis of the recent CQC inspection results, and a look at planning for the future of mental health.

CWP Life has been designed and produced in collaboration with people who access our services, carers, staff and our governors to make sure it is packed full of real and useful content. Over 200 people provided feedback and inputted into the development of this magazine.

In our mission to minimise waste and improve efficiency, we are sending out fewer copies. We hope you read it and then pass it on. Let us know on Twitter how far your copy has gone by tweeting @CWPNHS using the hashtag #PassItOn.

If you would like to suggest a story idea for inclusion in the next edition, please contact the Communications and Engagement Team on 01244 397400 or email:


Last updated on 18 October 2017.

Last updated on 08 July 2021.

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