A new generation of mental health hospitals

Mersey Care is a large trust. Our inpatient, community and administrative services are currently provided from 73 buildings across 84 sites.

We aim to provide perfect care and an important part of this is providing our services in buildings with facilities that are comfortable, modern and support people towards recovery.

We value our staff and our plan includes refurbishing or renewing all the buildings in which they work. We are proud to be the first NHS organisation in the country to gain the Royal Institute of Surveyors SKA Gold award for the sustainable fit out of our trust offices in Prescot. The award criteria includes over 100 good practice measures covering, energy, CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport.

You can contact our Estates and Facilities Administration team via the switchboard on 0151 473 0303.

Clock View Hospital

Our Clock View hospital exemplifies a new generation of mental health hospitals providing therapeutic environments and approaches to care designed to improve recovery, wellbeing and reduce lengths of stay.

It opened in March 2015 and within months was winning accolades for its therapeutic and health-enhancing environment. Later that year the long-running project behind its innovative use of arts in the design and creation of the building was Highly Commended in the national Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards. This was followed by no less than two awards at the 2015 Healthcare Estates’ conference as winner of Patient Experience Award and runner up of Project of the Year.

It went on to take a hat-trick at the 2016 Design in Mental Health Awards as winners of Service User Experience category, Healthy Outdoor Lifestyle Award and individual Design Champion Award for Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel for her role in promoting service-user led involvement in the design of the hospital. A prestigious international accolade, a European Health Design Award (Highly Commended) followed for Mental Health Design of Clock View.

Clock View continues to innovate and care for people admitted to our services. Read more…


Transforming Medium Secure Services

The trust has started building a high quality regional medium secure unit on our Maghull Health Park. This exciting development is called Rowan View and represents ambition for a new centre of excellence:

  • 123 beds located over eight wards
  • Specialist Learning Disability and Mental Health services
  • An environment that will promote the integration of physical and mental wellbeing
  • A social hub incorporating a café, therapy rooms, multi faith room, sports hall, gymnasium, music rooms, skills for life room, IT suite, bank and a physical health suite
  • Use of therapeutic technology for the benefit of patients and staff including virtual reality and avatar therapy

Rowan View represents a step change in care for service users, preparing them for life afterwards. It will deliver innovative treatments to improve recovery times for people with mental health and learning disabilities.

We have consulted widely and visited sites across the country to ensure the new development delivers the highest standards and the new model of care for adult secure services. The high quality environment, built to the latest environmental BREEAM sustainable standards, will offer a healthy modern workplace for staff. Rowan View Medium Secure Unit will give staff opportunities for great job satisfaction as they improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Last year Chief Executive Joe Rafferty and the Executive Director of Finance Neil Smith signed on the dotted line to confirm the formal agreement with construction partners Kier. They were joined by a representative of the Project Board Elaine Wilkinson, pictured.

Now that the contract has been signed the trust can make public the Full Business Case outlining the entire project and costings.

The ground breaking at Maghull followed in June and by the end of 2018, all the steelwork and many windows and roofing were in place as Rowan View took shape.

Watch a short video of work so far and clinicians speaking about working at Rowan View

Watch a short video on progress as we started to build Rowan View in 2018:


Hartley Hospital, Southport

Mersey Care is forging ahead with its new build mental health hospital that gives an historic hospital site in Southport a new lease of life, serving the health needs of the local community that offers a state-of-the art mental health facility and parity of accommodation with our newest hospitals.

Working with Liverpool Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP) we are combining local mental health inpatient care and some related community services on the one site in a new mental health facility at the rear of Southport’s existing Boothroyd Mental Health Unit, off Scarisbrick New Road. It will rejuvenate the only remaining hospital provision left on the former Southport General Infirmary site.

In 2019 the hospital replaces Mersey Care’s existing Hesketh Centre, situated close to Hesketh Park, which will close once the new facility is complete.

In recommending planning consent, subject to strict conditions, the Sefton’s planning report concluded: “The development would support one of the council’s priorities in providing an improved health facility particular in relation to mental health, and would remove a part derelict site on a key route into Southport town centre.”

Named after the local Harley family who combined business with social reform, the hospital will feature a range of safe inner garden areas where patients will have access to open space, therapeutic and activity areas, with facilities such as a sacred space and a family visiting room, where children can visit their parents or grandparents in a child-friendly area.

Early in 2018 Farran Heron Joint Venture (FHJV), our construction partner on the Southport new build, began work on groundworks. In February FHJV working with Sefton Council and supported by Mersey Care, hosted a ‘Meet the Buyer Event’ at Bootle Town Hall to encourage local businesses to bid for trades and building work, plus supply chain for fittings.

Mersey Care and FHJV have continued to involve the local community – a monthly site drop-in takes place for residents and ward representatives, and an engagement and arts project around health and wellbeing has involved Kew Woods Primary School in Southport.


A series of workshops on the hospital’s internal design features involving service users, clinicians and other stakeholders are continuing. This input will ensure that the building will provide the best possible environment for health care.