More about Healthy Liverpool

Healthy Liverpool is a plan to make sure that the city’s health and care services meet the needs of the people who use them. The short animation below explains our thinking in more detail.

On this site you can find out more about Healthy Liverpool and make sure your voice is heard by letting us know what you think about the changes being planned.

You can get more information on the five key areas of Healthy Liverpool work by selecting one of the following:



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Healthy Liverpool is a plan to make sure that the city’s health and care services meet the needs of the people who use them. The short animation below explains our thinking in more detail.

On this site you can find out more about Healthy Liverpool and make sure your voice is heard by letting us know what you think about the changes being planned.

You can get more information on the five key areas of Healthy Liverpool work by selecting one of the following:



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  • Plan provides a new vision for long-term sustainable health and care for people across Cheshire and Merseyside

    21 days ago

    The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Cheshire and Merseyside, sets out how the health and care system can remain fit for the future and respond successfully to the growing demands that are being placed on it, alongside ambitious ideas to improve the health of people living and working in the region.

    The STP sets out a shared core purpose to ensure that the people of Merseyside and Cheshire become healthier than they are now and can continue to have access to safe, good quality and sustainable services.

    The plan represents the thoughts and ambitions of more than 30 different... Continue reading

    The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Cheshire and Merseyside, sets out how the health and care system can remain fit for the future and respond successfully to the growing demands that are being placed on it, alongside ambitious ideas to improve the health of people living and working in the region.

    The STP sets out a shared core purpose to ensure that the people of Merseyside and Cheshire become healthier than they are now and can continue to have access to safe, good quality and sustainable services.

    The plan represents the thoughts and ambitions of more than 30 different organisations serving a population of over 2.5 million people. The next will refine the ideas further, through engagement with local communities, the NHS workforce and other stakeholders such as local councils and the voluntary sector.

    Follow our social media channels on Twitter and Facebook for further updates and look out for information about opportunities to get involved.

    To access the STP, a summary document, Frequently Asked Questions and a number of appendices, please click here.

    For any queries or comments please get in touch by emailing mlcsu.cmstp@nhs.net.


  • CCG celebrates work of engagement partners

    about 1 month ago

    NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group recently celebrated the work of its voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) partners, who help the CCG involve a diverse range of people in conversations about the future of healthcare in the city.

    When the CCG is carrying out engagement or public consultation work – usually prior to changing the way services are delivered - it will invite bids from registered VCSE partners to support this work and ensure the views of everyone are reflected in the decisions the CCG makes.

    Almost 100 representatives from VCSE organisations across the city attended an event on 6... Continue reading

    NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group recently celebrated the work of its voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) partners, who help the CCG involve a diverse range of people in conversations about the future of healthcare in the city.

    When the CCG is carrying out engagement or public consultation work – usually prior to changing the way services are delivered - it will invite bids from registered VCSE partners to support this work and ensure the views of everyone are reflected in the decisions the CCG makes.

    Almost 100 representatives from VCSE organisations across the city attended an event on 6 October 2016 to hear from the CCG’s Engagement team and from other VCSE partners.

    The event included presentations from Valley Community Theatre and Moving On with Life and Learning, who spoke about their experience of working with the CCG on engagement and consultation projects (videos below).

    If you would like to learn more and find out if your organisation can become a registered VCSE partner, email involvement@liverpoolccg.nhs.uk or call 0151 296 7537.

    You can view slides from the event by clicking here.

    Moving On with Life and Learning:
    Valley Community Theatre:
  • Public supports reasons for change at Liverpool Women’s Hospital

    2 months ago
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    The feedback from a public conversation about the review of services provided by Liverpool Women’s Hospital shows the majority of people who took part support the reasons why doctors, nurses and midwives believe services need to change.

    The case for considering changes to the way women’s and newborn services should be delivered was set out in a range of materials which supported this conversation (available here). In summary the case for change explains how the needs of patients have changed since the hospital opened more than 20 years ago, which has increased the clinical challenges that patients could... Continue reading

    The feedback from a public conversation about the review of services provided by Liverpool Women’s Hospital shows the majority of people who took part support the reasons why doctors, nurses and midwives believe services need to change.

    The case for considering changes to the way women’s and newborn services should be delivered was set out in a range of materials which supported this conversation (available here). In summary the case for change explains how the needs of patients have changed since the hospital opened more than 20 years ago, which has increased the clinical challenges that patients could face, including:

    - More women are having babies at a later age and more women are able to have babies despite having serious medical problems;
    - Babies that wouldn’t have survived are now routinely surviving, but require intensive care;
    - Women are living longer with increasing numbers requiring gynaecological services, including gynaecological cancers which often involve complex surgery.

    In addition, medical innovation and higher nationally-agreed clinical standards of care are driving new ways of caring for patients. The review has also made clear that the way services are currently delivered is not financially sustainable in the longer term.

    The public conversation about the case for change was conducted throughout July and August, as one of the stages of the review being led by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

    People were asked for their views, which will now inform the development of specific options for the future of these services.

    More than 2,900 people responded to an online and print survey, along with feedback from face to face conversations conducted at public meetings and with groups, such as patient groups, new mothers and BME communities. Of those who responded to the survey, 72% said they supported the case for change, while 19% were unsure and 9% did not agree.

    Respondents gave a clear message that the most important factors for the review to consider in developing options for the future were patient safety and quality of services and patients having a good experience of care. It was also clear from respondents that they would want to protect the dedicated focus on women’s and newborn services and some concerns were expressed about services potentially moving from the hospital’s Crown Street site.

    Dr Fiona Lemmens, Clinical Director for the Healthy Liverpool Hospitals Programme, led by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It was important for us to get the public’s views on the case for change so we can be confident that people understand the issues we are trying to address. The objective of this review is to make services for women and newborns even better; this is not about cutting services.

    “The feedback from these early conversations will inform the detailed options that are being developed, which will be shared in due course with the public as part of a formal public consultation.”

    A full report of the pre-consultation engagement is available by clicking here.

  • Deadline extended: how can we provide better healthcare to people living in care homes?

    3 months ago
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    As part of Healthy Liverpool, NHS Liverpool CCG is looking at how doctors, nurses, social workers and therapy staff can work together in a more joined up way to improve the healthcare provided to people living in care homes.

    You can find out more and share your views by taking a short online survey by clicking here.

    We've extended the deadline for taking part in our survey, which means you now have until 5pm on Wednesday 28 September to take part.


    As part of Healthy Liverpool, NHS Liverpool CCG is looking at how doctors, nurses, social workers and therapy staff can work together in a more joined up way to improve the healthcare provided to people living in care homes.

    You can find out more and share your views by taking a short online survey by clicking here.

    We've extended the deadline for taking part in our survey, which means you now have until 5pm on Wednesday 28 September to take part.


  • Drop in session for Knowsley residents to take part in review of services for women and newborns

    4 months ago
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    Healthwatch Knowsley is running a drop in session from 3-7pm on Monday 15 August at Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby, L32 5TH.

    This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the review of services provided at Liverpool Women’s and share your views.

    At 3pm, a representative from NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, which is leading the review of services, will be attending to present the case for change in more detail and answer any questions.

    Refreshments are provided and transport is available on request.

    If you are interested in coming along and for more information, please... Continue reading

    Healthwatch Knowsley is running a drop in session from 3-7pm on Monday 15 August at Centre 63, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby, L32 5TH.

    This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the review of services provided at Liverpool Women’s and share your views.

    At 3pm, a representative from NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, which is leading the review of services, will be attending to present the case for change in more detail and answer any questions.

    Refreshments are provided and transport is available on request.

    If you are interested in coming along and for more information, please call Healthwatch Knowsley on 0151 449 3954, email lee-ann.danton@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk or just drop in on the 15 August.

  • SURVEY: How can we provide better care to people living in care homes?

    4 months ago
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    As part of Healthy Liverpool, we are looking at how we can ensure that care outside of hospitals is really joined up around the individual needs and wishes of people and how the way care is provided can put people in control of their health care.

    We think the way care is provided to people living in care homes could be improved by doctors, nurses, social workers and therapy staff all working together in a more joined up way.

    You can learn more about what this would mean and how it would benefit people living... Continue reading

    As part of Healthy Liverpool, we are looking at how we can ensure that care outside of hospitals is really joined up around the individual needs and wishes of people and how the way care is provided can put people in control of their health care.

    We think the way care is provided to people living in care homes could be improved by doctors, nurses, social workers and therapy staff all working together in a more joined up way.

    You can learn more about what this would mean and how it would benefit people living in Liverpool care homes by clicking here.

    To inform how care is joined up and how improvements are made we would really like to understand, from your perspective, what might already be working well with the care either you or your family member receives, what you think about what is being proposed and how you think care could be improved.

    You can share your views by completing the short online survey here.

    The closing date for providing a response is Friday 9 September 2016.

  • BLOG: We need to hear from you to ensure the best future for women’s and newborns’ services

    4 months ago
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    The NHS in Liverpool is looking at how services provided at Liverpool Women’s can be improved.

    The reason for doing this is simple. We want to ensure women and newborns receive the very best care possible and midwives, nurses and doctors have told us that change is needed in order for this to happen.

    We’ve set out the case for change here and I would encourage you to take a few minutes to read it. In summary.

    - The needs of patients have changed since the hospital opened more than 20 years ago
    - There are new ways of... Continue reading

    The NHS in Liverpool is looking at how services provided at Liverpool Women’s can be improved.

    The reason for doing this is simple. We want to ensure women and newborns receive the very best care possible and midwives, nurses and doctors have told us that change is needed in order for this to happen.

    We’ve set out the case for change here and I would encourage you to take a few minutes to read it. In summary.

    - The needs of patients have changed since the hospital opened more than 20 years ago
    - There are new ways of caring for patients and higher standards for how this care should be delivered
    - The way that services are currently delivered is not affordable.

    As we develop proposals for the future of services for women and newborns, we want to understand what is important to you.

    I want to stress that, despite what you may have read elsewhere, no decisions have been taken. We need to hear from you first.

    There’s an online survey which you can complete here. More than 1,000 people have already done so and you’ve got until 15 August to make sure your voice is heard.

    Or you can attend one of the events we are holding in August, where you can hear from staff, ask questions and share your views:

    - Thursday 4 August at PAL Multicultural Centre, 68a Mulgrave St, L8 2TF. Event runs 2pm – 4pm (book here)
    - Wednesday 10 August at Oakmere Community College, Cherry Lane, L4 6UG. Event runs 3pm – 5pm (book here)

    Once we’ve gathered everyone’s views, we will take some time to develop a number of options for the future.

    These will then go to a full public consultation – which is another opportunity for you to share your views – either later this year or early next year.

    If you want to keep up to date with progress, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter or sign up to receive our updates here.

    By Dr Fiona Lemmens, GP and Healthy Liverpool's Clinical Director for Hospital Services and Urgent Care.
  • Call for Sefton views on services at Liverpool Women’s

    4 months ago
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    Healthwatch Sefton is joining forces with the borough’s health commissioners to encourage residents to give their views of the services provided by Liverpool Women’s.

    The local health champion, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG know that many families in the borough choose to be cared for at the specialist city based hospital on Crown Street.

    So, they are working together to encourage people to submit their views and experiences as part of a review being led by Liverpool CCG into services for women and newborn babies provided by the trust.

    Diane Blair,... Continue reading

    Healthwatch Sefton is joining forces with the borough’s health commissioners to encourage residents to give their views of the services provided by Liverpool Women’s.

    The local health champion, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG know that many families in the borough choose to be cared for at the specialist city based hospital on Crown Street.

    So, they are working together to encourage people to submit their views and experiences as part of a review being led by Liverpool CCG into services for women and newborn babies provided by the trust.

    Diane Blair, Healthwatch Sefton manager, said: “We’d urge anyone with experience of services at the Women’s Hospital to take a couple of minutes to complete Liverpool CCG’s online survey, or attend one of our local Healthwatch Sefton events. People’s experience of all health services is essential to making improvements in the future, so don’t miss out on having your say about Liverpool Women’s.”

    Healthwatch Sefton is holding ‘coffee and cake’ and ‘tea and toast’ events, where people can hear more from members of NHS Liverpool CCG’s review team. The informal sessions are taking place on:

    • Coffee and cake: 9 August, Lord Street West United Church, Southport, PR8 2BH, 2pm – 3.30pm
    • Tea and toast: 11 August, 10.30am – 12pm, Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Rd, Bootle, L20 2DD

    Dr Wendy Hewitt, children and maternity clinical lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “It’s important that Sefton residents take this opportunity to give their views and experiences of services at the trust because we know a number of them choose to be treated there, and this is why we are supporting Liverpool CCG’s review, which is part of its wider Healthy Liverpool programme.”

    Dr Rob Caudwell, NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s chair and clinical lead for children’s and maternity services, added: “We’d encourage as many Sefton residents as possible who’ve used these services to give their views, which will be used to help shape the future of the trust so it continue to remain safe and sustainable into the future.”

    Diane concluded: “Completing the survey only takes a couple of minutes and you can find it on Liverpool CCG’s website, along with more information about their review, including a really informative animation setting out the need for change at the trust.”

    You can find links to the survey, a list of frequently asked questions and a short animation about the review on the Healthy Liverpool website here.

    If you would like to attend a Healthwatch Sefton ‘tea and toast’ or ‘coffee and cake’ session, please confirm your place by calling 0151 920 0726 extension 240, emailing info@healthwatchsefton.co.uk or text / mobile 07434810438.

  • Valley Community Theatre presents “My Birthday”

    4 months ago
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    Healthy Liverpool partner, Valley Community Theatre, has announced details of a free show which examines the case for change at Liverpool Women’s as part of a review of women’s and newborns’ services.

    The show, called “My Birthday,” is viewed from the perspective of a newborn baby and uses “immersive, interactive, promenade and sensory techniques” to help the audience understand the case for change at Liverpool Women’s.

    The show is completely free of charge and there is free tea, coffee and cake.

    Performances take place on 12 and 13 August at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm each day.

    To book... Continue reading

    Healthy Liverpool partner, Valley Community Theatre, has announced details of a free show which examines the case for change at Liverpool Women’s as part of a review of women’s and newborns’ services.

    The show, called “My Birthday,” is viewed from the perspective of a newborn baby and uses “immersive, interactive, promenade and sensory techniques” to help the audience understand the case for change at Liverpool Women’s.

    The show is completely free of charge and there is free tea, coffee and cake.

    Performances take place on 12 and 13 August at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm each day.

    To book a place, call 0151 488 0364.

    Please note that the show includes hospital scenes, flashing lights, sound effects and aromas.


  • BLOG: Why services for women and newborns must change

    5 months ago
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    I started my nursing career in women’s health almost 30 years ago and since 2007 I’ve been at Liverpool Women's, where I’m Director of Nursing & Midwifery.

    The needs of patients have changed dramatically during my career. Women are living longer, and more of us than ever are able to start families despite having other medical problems. At the same time, very poorly newborns who previously wouldn’t have survived are now enjoying happy and healthy lives. Fans of Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute will have seen this for themselves.

    Improvements in care are obviously great news but they also... Continue reading

    I started my nursing career in women’s health almost 30 years ago and since 2007 I’ve been at Liverpool Women's, where I’m Director of Nursing & Midwifery.

    The needs of patients have changed dramatically during my career. Women are living longer, and more of us than ever are able to start families despite having other medical problems. At the same time, very poorly newborns who previously wouldn’t have survived are now enjoying happy and healthy lives. Fans of Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute will have seen this for themselves.

    Improvements in care are obviously great news but they also mean health services must change to meet the new needs of patients.

    Let me be absolutely clear - this is not about cutting services and to suggest otherwise is wrong. We want to make what we have even better so that every woman and newborn has the very best experience.

    An increasing number of patients at Liverpool Women’s – often our most seriously ill women and newborns with very complex needs – require emergency transfers to other hospitals to get the right care.

    Learn more about the issues affecting Liverpool Women's by watching this short animation:

    Our brilliant staff work around some of the problems we face to ensure this is done safely, but these issues aren’t going away, and we want to do better for our patients.

    Midwives, nurses and doctors have identified a number of areas where they think change is needed and now we want to hear from you, so we can understand your priorities. No decisions have been made yet.

    The public has until 15 August to share their views, which we will use to develop some options for the future that we will share with you later this year or early next year. To take part visit www.healthyliverpool.nhs.uk or call (0151) 296 7537.

    By Dianne Brown, Director of Nursing & Midwifery at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust. This text first appeared in the Liverpool Echo’s My City column on 18 July 2016.