Mersey Care operates from locations in and around Liverpool, Sefton, Kirkby, and neigbouring St Helens.View our Trust locations page

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Many factors influence our wellbeing and evidence shows that the actions we take and the way we think have the biggest impact.

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Referral Information 

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of specialist mental health and learning disability services across Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby. We aim to work closely with referrers to provide a smooth transfer for patients needing these services.

In this section, we are developing resources to make the referral process easier and to provide a range of information useful to local GPs, Commissioners, clinicians and other referrers.

Use the links below to find the information you need. Please add this site to your favourites / bookmark this page / or create a shortcut on your desktop so that the information is easily accessible.

Please provide any feedback and suggestions for content you would like to see included on this page, by contacting Lefteris Zabatis on 0151 471 2257

Services for Adults

Please use the links below to find out more about Primary Care referrals for adult patients in Livepool, Sefton and Southport.

Services for Older People 

Please use the links below to find out more about Primary Care referrals for older people in Livepool, Sefton and Southport.

Learning Disability Services

Specialist Services for Adults

Addiction Services


Please use the links below for all alcohol referrals.


Please use the link below for all drug referrals for Liverpool


Mersey Care provides specialist mental health services in North West England and beyond. We are passionate about mental health and wellbeing and we are passionate about delivering the best possible services for the people we serve.

Our vision is to become the leading organisation in the provision of mental health care, addiction services and learning disability care. Quality, recovery and wellbeing will be at the heart of everything that we do.

We provide specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction management and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales. We are one of only three trusts in the country that provide these services.

During 2013/14 we provided care, treatment and support to 36,401 service users and had 522,757 outpatient attendances and contacts and had 674 inpatient beds.

Mersey Care has established a Centre for Perfect Care to integrate quality improvement, innovation, research and development. The ability to consistently achieve safe, effective, timely, efficient and

person centered care defines episodes of perfect care. This has inspired the trust to adopt Zero Suicide Strategy, a programme to eliminate suicide rates in patients under its care.

Mersey Care is proud of its record of involving service users and carers in its research and innovation projects and the contribution their lived experience brings to our work.      

We have successfully completed and delivered the second year of a three year project ‘‘Innovate Dementia’ in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University. As a partner we are a member of Enoll (European network of living labs).

 Ashworth Research Centre (ARC) in partnership with University of Central Lancashire is the only dedicated research centre in the UK based within a high-secure psychiatric facility. Our mission is to develop research that enriches the quality of patient care in forensic mental health by informing and enhancing clinical practice.

Mersey Care was identified amongst the top 50% of mental health trusts in the country for getting patients involved in NIHR adopted research. The Trust recruited 952 participants in 2014/15 supporting 26 NIHR adopted studies and a total of 89 studies


Services offered for the treatment and support of patients/service users are provided within Mersey Care based on service speciality and/or geographical location. Local services are commissioned for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, in addition to medium secure services for Cheshire and Merseyside, as well as national high secure services. 

Addiction services provide drugs and alcohol services for the population of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby and alcohol services only for Knowsley, from Windsor Clinic and the Kevin White Unit.  Community services are also provided.   In general Addiction Services provide care and treatment for people suffering from alcohol or drug dependency and offer a range of care pathways and individually tailored therapeutic programmes within both residential and community settings.  These are delivered by a consultant-led multi-disciplinary staff group.

High Secure services are provided from Ashworth Hospital.  Ashworth is one of three High Secure Hospitals in England . It serves the North West of England, West Midlands and Wales.  It provides in-patient care and treatment for men who are deemed to be a grave danger to others, under the Mental Health Act 1983, in conditions of maximum security.

Medium Secure and low secure services, criminal justice liaison and prison health liaison services. The in-patient medium secure service at Scott Clinic provides forensic mental health assessment and rehabilitation to mentally disordered offenders or others displaying similar behaviours who are residents of Merseyside andCheshire Other services include:

  • An outpatient department in Liverpool and support to community service users via the forensic integrated resource team.
  • Based at Scott Clinic are the Forensic personality disorder assessment and liaison team and substance misuse service for Cheshire and Merseyside.
  • The Low Secure Unit at Rathbone Hospital is for service users have severe and enduring mental health problems who are preparing to return to life in the community.
  • The criminal justice liaison team is a court based mental health liaison service addressing the needs of mentally disorded offenders at points of the criminal justice system.
  • The prison health liaison team provides secondary mental health services into HMP Liverpool in Walton, and the prison based primary care psychological service provides a range of psychological interventions to offenders.

Local Services provide mental health services and care to adults in Liverpool, services include acute in-patient care, accident and emergency liaison, crisis; community mental health teams, assertive outreach, early intervention in psychosis, homeless outreach and psychology. A gateway system ensures that people are referred to the most appropriate service for their needs.  

Similar services are provided in Sefton, Kirkby and North Liverpool to adults and older people and acute care in-patients.  Other services include accident and emergency liaison, crisis and gateway services; community mental health teams, assertive outreach and early intervention in psychosis and psychology. They provide assessment and/or treatment for people experiencing mental health difficulties. The aim is to deliver care that respects individuals, values diversity, preserves dignity and promotes recovery and inclusion.

We also provide services for people with learning disabilities, including community residential services, community teams, in-patient services, respite services, on call service and the Aspergers service.   Other specialist services include:

  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation, providing in-patient and out patient care, assessment and rehabilitation for people with an acquired brain injury. 
  • The Rehabilitation Unit currently involved in a process of review with the aim of refocusing the team's approach to rehabilitation to one that encompasses recovery, minimises hospital stay and facilitates early return to appropriate settings. 
  • Network Employment is a team of employment advisors who assist with job searches, on-the-job training and employment support in the workplace, also offering advice.
  • The supported housing scheme enables service users to maintain their own tenancies within the community, helping to develop skills and independence as an alternative to in-patient care.  


Our Purpose

Our purpose is to see the person, meet the need and challenge the stigma. 

Read more about our Mission and Objectives 

We do this by:

  • leading a network of services to meet the health and social care needs of individuals and their carers
  • working with other agencies and the community to promote mental well-being and social inclusion
  • championing the rights, needs and aspirations of people with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities, tackling discrimination and stigma.
Mersey Care is one of only three trusts of its kind in the country providing the entire range of specialist mental health services. Offering medium secure services for Merseyside and Cheshire, and high secure services for England and Wales.

Mersey Care NHS Trust,

8 Princes Parade, Princes Dock, St Nicholas Place,

Liverpool, L3 1DL 



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