A New Generation of Mental Health Hospitals

On this page you can see the large scale investment in modern facilities that Mersey Care is providing for inpatient and community services and how our new sites promote both physical and mental health.

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

We value our staff. Our estates strategy includes refurbishing or renewing  unsuitable 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 on 0151 473 0303.

This year Mersey Care will open a high quality regional medium secure unit on our Maghull Health Park. This exciting development is called Rowan View and represents our strong ambition for a new centre of excellence in forensic care. It will be a place of innovation, using the latest technology and therapeutic techniques. On the site, specialists in mental ill health and learning disability care, from occupational therapists to psychologists, from support staff to nurses, and a wide range of disciplines will be part of the £53 million service which will include:

  • Specialist learning disability and mental health services
  • 123 beds over eight wards: Female Learning Disability (Delamere Ward); Male Learning Disability (Astley and Birkdale Wards); Female Mental Illness (Eden); Male Mental Illness (Thornton, Rivington, Vale and Marbury Wards)
  • 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
  • Art and design created by expert designers working closely with service users to enhance the site, its reception and corridors and its therapeutic spaces.
  • Built to excellent environmental standards

The Trust’s Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel says: “I am delighted to introduce to you Rowan View, our new hospital. It has been developed with the users of the building firmly at the heart of every stage of the design process. Everyone involved in the creation of the site has been focussed on making sure that those who are supported or who work there will be in the very best environment which enables the very best outcomes.”

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. 2020 is the year when Mersey Care’s vision of innovation and professionalism in care for service users comes together in a stunning environment, using light, nature and poetry to support a model of care wrapped around each service user based on their needs and risks.

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. Rowan View is being built  to the latest environmental BREEAM sustainable standards, and will offer a healthy modern environment for service users and workplace for staff. Its innovative design and parity of mental health and learning disability provision will also give staff opportunities for great job satisfaction as they improve the lives of vulnerable people.

The trust has published 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


Offender Health Services

Mersey Care is recognised as a lead organisation in the provision of Offender Health services namely prison healthcare as well as community forensic services. The NHS currently delivers 66 per cent of health care services into prisons with local providers typically serving local prisons. NHS England is now re-commissioning prison health care services across a broad landscape of provision ie across prison ‘clusters’ as opposed to single establishments and Mersey Care is developing a programme of expansion in relation to its Offender Health and Community Forensic portfolio.

We provide a range of services into HMP Altcourse and HMP Liverpool, where we provide mental health services in partnership with main provider Spectrum CIC. We also provide specialist Personality Disorder services into HMP Garth in Lancashire.

Hartley Hospital, Southport

Mersey Care has invested in a new build mental health hospital that gives an historic site in Southport a new lease of life. We are 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 and construction partner Farran Heron Joint Venture, who both successfully helped deliver Mersey Care’s Clock View hospital, we have combined local mental health inpatient care and some related community services on a single modern site. 

The first phase of a new mental health facility off Scarisbrick New Road, at the rear of Southport’s existing Boothroyd Unit opened in December 2019. This will be followed in 2020 with the completion of the hospital, when Mersey Care’s existing Hesketh Centre, situated close to Hesketh Park, will transfer its services to the new facility.

The Hartley Hospital name recognises the historic origins of its location on the former Southport General Infirmary site next to what used to be the Christiana Hartley Maternity Hospital. The late Christiana Hartley CBE, one of the famous Hartley jam-making family, went on to become Southport’s first woman Mayor in 1921 and was an advocate for better health services and social reformer.

Mersey Care chose the name Hartley Hospital after consultation with its staff, service users and carers and the wider community. The hospital’s internal areas will reflect names that connect it to the Sefton coastline, including Dunes Ward, Marsh Ward, Mere Suite and Marine Suite.

The new build will continue a tradition of hospital provision on the former Southport General Infirmary site. It will also be a great place to work.

The hospital will contain a café, family visiting room, multi-faith area, internal garden courtyards. All patient bedrooms will be single with en suite bathrooms and there will be a number of therapy and activity areas including two gyms. A decision was taken in January 2019 that patient bedrooms are serviced by free-to-use televisions, supporting our commitment to ensure people who may be at their most vulnerable also have space to themselves with privacy and dignity.

Hartley Hospital will provide two 20-bed wards, one for adults the other for older inpatients, needing short-term mental health care and treatment, as well as an assessment suite (specifically for people needing a place of safety and assessment under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act). A range of community services and outpatient clinics will also be co-located there for the first time, enhancing seamless care.

Sefton Council granted planning permission subject to strict conditions. The said: “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.”

During the construction process we worked with the council and our contractors to encourage local businesses to bid for trades and building work, plus supply chain for fittings. During the build, a monthly site drop in took place for residents and ward representatives, and an engagement and arts project around health and wellbeing involved Kew Woods Primary School in Southport, with the children returning for further site visits.

A series of workshops on the hospital’s internal design features involving service users, carers, clinicians and other stakeholders were held throughout construction. Our design champions were able to ensure that the building provides the best possible environment for health care based on co-production with the people who use our services.


A series of workshops on the hospital’s internal design features involving service users, carers, clinicians and other stakeholders are continuing. This input will ensure that the building will provide the best possible environment for health care based on co-production with the people who use our services.

Clock View Hospital

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

Clock View opened in March 2015 and within months was winning accolades for its therapeutic environment. Later that year its innovative use of art in the design and creation of the building was Highly Commended in the national Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards. This was followed by at the 2015 Healthcare Estates’ conference as winner of Patient Experience Award and runner up of Project of the Year. Further recognition included 2016 Design in Mental Health Awards, winning the Service User Experience category, Healthy Outdoor Lifestyle Award and individual Design Champion Award for Trust 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. In 2018 Clock View won a Sustainable Health and Care award (Capital Projects) for its building design efficiency.