A New Generation of Mental Health Hospitals

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.

Have your say:

Secure learning disability care is changing. We want to hear from stakeholders, the community and those with experience of forensic care as we develop new services: https://yoursaymerseycare.co.uk 

We’re commissioned to deliver secure forensic care for people with learning disabilities and would like to hear your views for the low secure service on Maghull Health Park.

Rowan View Hospital

In 2020 Mersey Care opened a high quality regional medium secure unit on our Maghull Health Park. This £53 million development is called Rowan View and represents our strong ambition for a new centre of excellence in forensic care. It is a place of innovation, using the latest technology and therapeutic techniques and specialist staff including experts in mental ill health and learning disability care across a wide range of disciplines including occupational therapists, psychologists, support staff and nurses.

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


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)

Rowan View at a glance

  • 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
  • Flower gardens and green spaces
  • Built to excellent environmental standards.

The Trust's Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel says: ìI 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 Careís 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.

Rowan View offers 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 2018. Work continued safely during the pandemic and the keys were formally handed over in July 2020.

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 Careís 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 Southportís existing Boothroyd Unit opened in December 2019. The hospital was completed in 2020. The new site continues a tradition of hospital provision on the former Southport General Infirmary site.

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 Southportís first female 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 reflect names that connect it to the Sefton coastline, including Dunes Ward, Marsh Ward, Mere Suite and Marine Suite.

Hartley Hospital provides 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 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 are also be co-located there for the first time, enhancing seamless care.

The hospital contains a café, gym, family visiting room, multi-faith area and internal garden courtyards. All patient bedrooms are single with en suite bathrooms and have 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.

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.

As we built the new hospital, we held a series of workshops on the hospital's internal design features involving service users, carers, clinicians and other. Our design champions were able to make sure that the building would provide the best possible environment for health care based on co-production with the people who use our services. We have had excellent feedback since Hartley opened and also for the way it was Covid secure in the pandemic.

Low Secure Services

In 2017 NHS England undertook a national consultation on closure of long stay accommodation for people with learning disability and autism in a secure setting. As a result of this NHS England commissioned Mersey Care to improve the quality and quantity of low secure services for the benefit of forensic learning disability patients across the North West. We are delivering this with a modern therapeutic model of care for secure services provided at Maghull Health Park.

We have planning permission for a new low secure hospital alongside Rowan View in Maghull. As this progresses, we are committed to engaging with all stakeholders to make sure the low secure service model is fully understood and embedded within the local community. Our clinical lead, Dr Frank McGuire, says: “We don’t just want to sit the service within the borough of Sefton – we are committed to genuinely being a part of it and building on the traditions of longstanding services in the borough.”

We want to hear from stakeholders, the community and those with experience of forensic secure care as we develop these services: Please have your say here: https://yoursaymerseycare.co.uk 

Watch this short film to see our plans for the new secure service:

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.