In Mind: Chief Executive Joe Rafferty talks about International Women's Day, farwell to Dr Arun Chidambaram and having your jab

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International Women’s Day International Women's Day 2021

As many of you will know, March is Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day, which this year celebrates women supporting women and accelerating gender parity. It’s lovely to hear that several of our inpatient services will be marking the occasion with special and meaningful activities for women on their wards, including those at Eden Ward in Rowan View, Maplewood in Whalley and elsewhere. 


Best wishes

I’d also like to thank Dr Arun Chidambaram, who leave us for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS FT. Dr Arun has held a number of significant roles in Mersey Care, including Caldicott Guardian and chair of the ethical advisory group, having worked in Whalley, Scott Clinic and across our services as interim Medical Director.

Dr Arun Chidambaram

His enthusiasm and innovation, for technology, for our restorative just culture and in supporting truly compassionate care have been incredibly valuable to us. On behalf of all senior leaders, I wish Arun well in his new role.


Have your jab

As I reminded you all in last week’s blog, the virus is still circulating at levels that are high so please continue to act with absolute vigilance.

I want to encourage everyone who reads this blog, starting with Mersey Care colleagues, to have a vaccination against COVID-19 when the opportunity is given to you. The vaccine is currently available to all Trust staff in cohorts 1 to 6 who have clinical or social contact with patients, as you’ll have seen in regular briefings.

Because of the availability of the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine, the Trust is also able to offer appointments to Mersey Care staff family members in cohorts 1 to 5. You’ll have the best protection after two doses. The team is working through appointments for second doses and bringing them forward, where possible.

The team are doing an excellent job.

Wash hands, cover face and make space.

Remember the hands, face, space mantra remains. These few simple steps will mean life will become a lot more livable by the summertime hopefully. The future is, literally, in your hands.


Joe Rafferty CBE

Chief Executive