In Mind: Chief Executive Joe Rafferty's latest blog on Mersey Care's integration plans

Divisional integration

I’ve written a number of times about the changing nature of our organisation since the acquisition of the Specialist Learning Disability (SLD) and our Community Divisions over the last few years. Since establishing the different divisions we’ve discussed ways of streamlining that process so that, certainly at a management and strategic level, there are fewer layers which should enable us to communicate better and implement new ideas more efficiently.

We currently have four divisions, which we aim to merge into two no later than June 2020. It seems the right time to start that process with our Secure and Specialist Learning Disability Divisions as we progress with our plans to build Rowan View, our state of the art medium secure hospital at Maghull Health Park. This will include Specialist Learning Disability and mental health services under one roof and is part of our long term strategic vision to embark on a journey of integration.

The next stage of our integration process will concentrate on merging Local and Community Services Divisions, which we aim to complete by June next year. By integrating into two divisions, it should give us a better platform and management structure moving forward as a Trust. It will also help us with our succession planning at management level, which is something all organisations must consider as they plan ahead.

During the coming months, the management teams of Secure and SLD Divisions will be coming together to form one senior management team that will oversee the integration process and lead the newly formed division. This will help us further develop our mental health and learning disability services, improve outcomes for our service users, enable the sharing of ideas and practice, and enhance opportunities for staff development.


Rowan View update

On the subject of Rowan View, the construction is making real progress with over £2 million worth of work being carried out in March alone. We’re now at the stage of the sample rooms being tested to Department of Health standards, which will provide our clinical leads with valuable experience and evidence to ensure service users’ bedrooms are completed to the best and safest standards.

This week also saw the official tree-planting ceremony of a Rowan Tree attended by our chairman, Beatrice Fraenkel, a service user from Scott Clinic as well as ward staff from both our mental health and learning disability secure sites. You can see a short video of the tree-planting ceremony below:



LD centenary

Colleagues in our SLD Division are hosting an event on Wednesday 8 May to mark 100 years of Learning Disability nursing at Mytton Fold Golf Club. The day will be chaired by Trish Bennett, our Director of Nursing and Operations, and there will be speakers from all over the country. Any LD nurses who are interested in attending can find out more information and how to register here.


Joe Rafferty

Chief Executive