In Mind: Chief Executive Joe Rafferty talks about Carers' week


Carers’ Week

Next week is our chance to celebrate the work of all our carers in the annual ‘Carers’ Week’ campaign to highlight the challenges they face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. 

This year the theme is ‘Building Carer-Friendly Communities’, which supports an environment which supports carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

To mark Carers’ Week, Life Rooms are holding coffee mornings at their Walton and Southport venues next Thursday (15 June), so please let carers, families and friends know about the events. They will be held between 10.00am and 1.00pm. Please go along for a coffee and a chat, see what the Life Rooms can do for you, everyone is welcome!  On Saturday 17, carers in the Specialist Learning Disability Division are meeting and will mix policy updates with informal refreshments and chat from 11.30am in Whalley.



Core 24

Have you heard of Core 24?  The NHS Five Year Forward view recommends 24/7 mental health liaison in acute settings.  This means that Mersey Care will provide on-site service for people presenting with mental health issues in hospitals in our area.

The standard will be that “any person experiencing a mental health crisis should receive a response from the liasison mental health service within a maximum one hour of the service receiving a referral”.  As well as Core 24, you’ll hear about ‘RAID’ – the Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge model piloted in Birmingham. 

This week the recruitment process for qualified and support staff to work in Liverpool and Southport hospitals began. It was moving and reassuring to hear of those potential new colleagues coming into Mersey Care with a real excitement and passion. They were open about how they would expect to care for people in crisis, not judging but supporting and already talking about our trust values and what they mean in practice. I’m looking forward to seeing the progress of Core 24 and enabling timely patient centred care for mental health in hospitals across our area.


Another sad minute

Our Trust paused again this week for a minute’s silence.  We recalled the horrors of the London attacks and the work of the NHS and other services in dealing with the dreadful events of that day. Inevitably many of us also thought back a few weeks to the Manchester concert as well. I’d like to pay tribute to those affected and offer my gratitude to those who did their duty – and indeed went above and beyond it at a terrible and demanding time.


Joe Rafferty

Chief Executive