In Mind: Chief Executive Joe Rafferty reflects on Brew Monday, Rowan View and Information Governance

Rowan View Update

I promised to keep you updated on our new state of the art medium secure hospital in Maghull, known as Rowan View, when I had the chance and this week we’ve been showing the progress made to senior members of the local community.

As the medium secure hospital takes shape, we showed guests around from Pathways Associates CIC, a Learning Disability charity, alongside other stakeholders including senior councillors from Sefton and their Director of Social Care, Dwayne Johnson.

They were given a guided tour by Elaine Darbyshire, Mersey Care’s Executive Director of Estates and clinical lead, Dr Frank McGuire. They were impressed by the scale of the project and the commitment to delivering the best environment for service users.

Pictured above (left to right): Sefton Council’s Director of Social Care, Dwayne Johnson, Cllrs Ian Moncur and Paul Cummins, Kier’s project manager Gareth Leek, Mersey Care’s Elaine Wilkinson, Jo Worswick, Dr Frank McGuire and Elaine Darbyshire and Kier’s project lead, Ron Hughes.


The new hospital has been designed with an input from service users and colleagues from Scott Clinic, our current medium secure hospital, and our Specialist Learning Disability site at Whalley. I know some ward managers were especially impressed with the spaciousness of the wards.


I can only echo what Dr McGuire has told many of the staff who are likely to be working there from next year – it will be the people inside the building that will make this a special place to be.


In building this hospital we will have used tonnes of concrete, 30,000 bolts and have 11,034 square metres of clinical space, but what will actually make the difference will not be the steel and girders. If we are to make this somewhere that service users come, work with staff, have a focus, a recovery and growth into a life worth living beyond secure care, it will need the commitment and passion of our excellent staff.


Blue Monday


You’ll recall from last week’s blog that the Zero Suicide Alliance teamed up with Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool, and Luciana Berger MP to write an open letter to broadcasters to think more carefully about the language they use in reference to mental health, which has been highlighted recently by Ava Max’s No 1 hit ‘Sweet but Psycho.’

I was delighted to see we received a fair amount of media coverage on the topic. There were some comments online that didn’t agree with our stance, which is fine because the object of the exercise was to open up the debate about the impact of language. If just one person thinks more carefully about using derogatory language in reference to mental health then the campaign will have been a success. It’s only by removing the stigma surrounding mental health that those who are at their most vulnerable will be encouraged to come forward and ask for help.


For those who missed the coverage, you can read it here:


Visitors to the Trust

Most of you will be aware of the Kirkup Report, published almost a year ago, into Liverpool Community Health services between 2010 and 2014, which I have written about extensively over the past 12 months.

There were several recommendations included in that report, which we have acted upon since taking over responsibility for those services last April. We have kept regulators updated on our progress and it was good to see the Minister of State for Health and Social Care, Stephen Hammond MP, visit us this week to learn more about our work.

The Minister was accompanied by Baroness Dido Harding and Ian Dalton CBE, the Chairman and Chief Executive of NHS Improvement, and Rosie Cooper MP, whose campaigning was instrumental in the Kirkup Review and subsequent report being commissioned.

While I’m writing about visitors to the Trust, can I also remind colleagues that Professor Sidney Dekker, who wrote the book on Just and Learning Culture, is back in the UK and is visiting our community services this week.


Information Governance

I’d like to give you all a gentle reminder regarding the importance of information governance to this organisation. As an NHS Trust, most of us regularly come into contact with highly confidential personal identifiable information and we have a professional responsibility as a public body to protect that information so it is only used for the purpose it was intended.

Everyone employed by this Trust must complete mandatory annual Data Security Awareness training, so you should all be aware of what is the proper use of information and what is not. If you are in doubt, there is a comprehensive page on the website explaining our responsibilities and Trust policies. Can I particularly draw your attention to the top tips for email and the IG code booklet?

The repercussions for breaching confidentiality or inappropriate disclosure of sensitive information are severe with potentially serious fines for the Trust from the Information Commissioner’s Office. They investigate data breach/data loss incidents and have recently prosecuted individuals at other NHS organisations, for example ‘snooping’ and accessing records which they had no legitimate purpose to access.

So, can we all be extra careful and, if in doubt either look at the web page, ask your manager or one of the IG team for advice.


Joe Rafferty

Chief Executive