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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Latest News

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

    21 days 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?

    21 days 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 2 September 2016.

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

    28 days 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

    about 1 month 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”

    about 1 month 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

    about 1 month 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.

  • Book your place to take part in NHS review of women’s and newborns’ services

    about 1 month ago
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    The first in a series of events where people can share their views on a review of services provided at Liverpool Women's Hospital is taking place this week.

    Attendees at the event on Thursday 21 July will be presented with the reasons that midwives, nurses and doctors think change is needed, and then asked to discuss the issues in more detail, and share what is important to them.

    This will be followed by a question and answer session with a panel of clinical staff from Liverpool Women's and NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, which is leading the review as part... Continue reading

    The first in a series of events where people can share their views on a review of services provided at Liverpool Women's Hospital is taking place this week.

    Attendees at the event on Thursday 21 July will be presented with the reasons that midwives, nurses and doctors think change is needed, and then asked to discuss the issues in more detail, and share what is important to them.

    This will be followed by a question and answer session with a panel of clinical staff from Liverpool Women's and NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, which is leading the review as part of its Healthy Liverpool programme.

    There will be a further three events taking place during August.

    Dianne Brown, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Liverpool Women's, said: “These events are a great opportunity for people to learn about the reasons for change, get answers to their questions and let us know what their priorities are.

    “We need to change so we can make sure all of our patients receive the very best care. No decisions have been made yet and we want to involve the public in every step of this process. This isn't about cutting services, this is about making what we have even better.”

    This short animation explains some of the issues facing Liverpool Women's:


    Liverpool Women's opened more than 20 years ago and the needs of patients have changed in that time. Women are living longer and having babies later in life, while advances in medicine mean more premature and unwell babies are surviving when they wouldn't have in the past.

    Not all of the care needed to treat these increasingly complex needs is available at Liverpool Women's, so women and newborn babies have to be transferred to other local hospitals, often by ambulance. This means that Liverpool Women's is unable to meet national care standards in a number of areas.

    The hospital is also facing financial challenges that can't be resolved within current arrangements.

    Public events are taking place on:

    • Thursday 21 July at Bridge Chapel Centre (Booth Hall), Heath Road, L19 4XR. Event runs 2pm-4pm with registration and coffee from 1.30pm.
    • Tuesday 2 August at Blackburne House, Blackburne Place, L8 7PE. Event runs 6pm - 8pm with registration and coffee from 5.30pm.
    • Thursday 4 August at PAL Multicultural Centre, 68a Mulgrave St, L8 2TF. Event runs 2pm - 4pm with registration and coffee from 1.30pm.
    • Wednesday 10 August at Oakmere Community College, Cherry Lane, L4 6UG. Event runs 3pm - 5pm with coffee and registration from 2.30pm.

    Places at the events can only be guaranteed if people book a place in advance. They can do this here or by calling 0151 296 7537.

    Views gathered during July and August will be used to develop a number of possible options for delivering women's and newborn babies' services in the future. These will be subject to formal public consultation, which is currently expected to happen in late 2016 or early 2017.


  • Mamafit to hold Healthy Chat events as part of review of women’s and newborn babies’ services

    about 1 month ago
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    Mamafit, a Healthy Liverpool partner, has announced details of Healthy Chat events to support the NHS review of women’s and newborn babies’ services in the city.

    The Healthy Chat events are designed to help people understand the reasons why services at Liverpool Women’s are being reviewed and provide an opportunity for you to have your say.

    Healthy Chats include a FREE healthy lunch plus tea, coffee and soft drinks. Babies and children are welcome. If bringing along your partner, friend or relative please ensure each person books individually.

    The events will take place at:

    Mamafit, a Healthy Liverpool partner, has announced details of Healthy Chat events to support the NHS review of women’s and newborn babies’ services in the city.

    The Healthy Chat events are designed to help people understand the reasons why services at Liverpool Women’s are being reviewed and provide an opportunity for you to have your say.

    Healthy Chats include a FREE healthy lunch plus tea, coffee and soft drinks. Babies and children are welcome. If bringing along your partner, friend or relative please ensure each person books individually.

    The events will take place at:

    • · Otterspool Adventure Centre, L17 5AL, on Monday 18 July from 12:30pm- 2:30pm
    • · Life Rooms (Old Walton Library), L9 2AF, on Friday 29 July 29 from 11am - 1pm
    • · Venue TBC, on Wednesday 10 August from 11:30am - 1:30pm

    To book, please visit www.bookwhen.com/Mamafit and look for “Healthy Chats” among the event listings.

  • Public asked for views to inform the review of women’s and newborns’ services

    2 months ago
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    The NHS is today (29 June 2016) asking the public to share their views as part of a review of services provided at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

    It’s the next stage in a process to improve care for women and newborn babies, which was announced in March 2016.

    This engagement will provide information about the reasons why nurses, doctors and midwives believe that changes are necessary and invite people to comment on whether they understand and support the case for change.

    Liverpool Women’s opened more than 20 years ago and the needs of patients have changed in that time. Women... Continue reading

    The NHS is today (29 June 2016) asking the public to share their views as part of a review of services provided at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

    It’s the next stage in a process to improve care for women and newborn babies, which was announced in March 2016.

    This engagement will provide information about the reasons why nurses, doctors and midwives believe that changes are necessary and invite people to comment on whether they understand and support the case for change.

    Liverpool Women’s opened more than 20 years ago and the needs of patients have changed in that time. Women are living longer and having babies later in life, while advances in medicine mean more premature and unwell babies are surviving when they wouldn’t have in the past.

    Not all of the care needed to treat these increasingly complex needs is available at Liverpool Women’s, so women and newborn babies have to be transferred to other local hospitals, often by ambulance. This means that Liverpool Women’s is unable to meet national care standards in a number of areas.

    The hospital is also facing financial challenges that can’t be resolved within current arrangements.

    Dianne Brown, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, said: “This isn’t about cutting services, this is about our midwives, nurses and doctors wanting to make what we have even better.

    “The care we provide now is safe, but this is because staff are working incredibly hard to work around some of the problems we face and this is not a long-term solution. We want every single woman that accesses our services to have the very best experience possible, and that means reducing the need to be transferred between hospitals by ambulance when seriously ill.

    “We know that women and families who use and depend on our services are passionate about them, and so are we. It’s really important to us that the public get involved in this process and help us to make the changes we need to give Liverpool and Merseyside services that are the very best they can be.”

    Dr Fiona Lemmens from NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, which is leading the review of services as part of the Healthy Liverpool programme, said: “While many women will have a positive experience at Liverpool Women’s, we know that the experience for certain groups of patients, in particular the most seriously ill women and babies who require complex care, is not as good as it could be.

    “We think the women and newborn babies of Liverpool deserve the best services, which meet the highest standards – if we don’t change we can’t meet those standards.

    “No decisions have been made yet and we need the public to share their views this summer to help us develop options.”

    People have until Monday 15 August to share their views. More information and an online questionnaire is available here or by calling 0151 296 7537 to request a paper copy or alternative formats.

    The following public events are taking place:

    - Thursday 21 July at Bridge Chapel Centre (Booth Hall), Heath Road, L19 4XR. Event runs 2pm-4pm with registration and coffee from 1.30pm.

    - Tuesday 2 August at Blackburne House, Blackburne Place, L8 7PE. Event runs 6pm – 8pm with registration and coffee from 5.30pm.

    - Thursday 4 August at PAL Multicultural Centre, 68a Mulgrave St, L8 2TF. Event runs 2pm – 4pm with registration and coffee from 1.30pm.

    - Wednesday 10 August at Oakmere Community College, Cherry Lane, L4 6UG. Event runs 3pm – 5pm with coffee and registration from 2.30pm.

    Places at the events can only be guaranteed if people book a place in advance. They can do this online here or by calling 0151 296 7537.

    Views gathered during July and August will be used to develop a number of possible options for delivering women’s and newborn babies’ services in the future. These will be subject to formal public consultation, which is currently expected to happen in late 2016 or early 2017.
  • We share because we care

    2 months ago
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    When we have access to the right information, in the right place and at the right time, the result is
    safe and effective care 24/7.

    Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and important information held in one part of the NHS is not always immediately available to doctors, nurses and carers in other areas.

    Allowing us to share some of your personal medical information will ensure all those involved in your care have instant and controlled access to the information they need to make safer and quicker decisions, with you, about your care.

    Across Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley, we are... Continue reading

    When we have access to the right information, in the right place and at the right time, the result is
    safe and effective care 24/7.

    Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and important information held in one part of the NHS is not always immediately available to doctors, nurses and carers in other areas.

    Allowing us to share some of your personal medical information will ensure all those involved in your care have instant and controlled access to the information they need to make safer and quicker decisions, with you, about your care.

    Across Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley, we are joining up digital services to improve communication between health and social care practitioners. When health and care teams can access the right information, in the right place, patients can get safer and effective care 24/7. As it stands, this isn’t always the case.

    We have a new approach, a joined up system where your doctor, nurse, therapist, social worker, mental health professional or support worker will have instant access to all the information they need to make a safer, quicker decisions, with you, about your care.


    Who accesses the information?

    We can only share your information with the relevant people who care for you, no one else. To ensure this is managed correctly, healthcare professionals will only be able to view information relevant to their job role in order to inform treatment options or care plans.

    For example, a GP or consultant may have a different level of access to view records than a community mental health nurse or social care professional. There will be some pieces of your information which will not be shared for legal and data protection purposes. This includes more sensitive and confidential information.

    The sharing of records is to improve the care you receive day to day. This isn’t about third parties such as researchers or insurance companies. It is for local health and social care services that need your help to improve your care.

    Click here to view the information leaflet.

    What do you need to do?

    • When a health or care professional wants to see your shared record you will be
      asked for permission.
    • You will be asked for consent at every consultation.
    • You can opt out of the whole thing if you prefer.
    • You can change your mind at any time.
    • Every care will be taken to protect confidentiality and ensure the safety of you and your records.
    Take a look at the video below which explains how having access to information can really make a difference.