Call to action for corporate staff – clinical colleagues need you!

Are you someone who…

  • stays calm under pressure
  • has excellent communication skills
  • wants to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our community
  • wants to be in a team directly helping those using our services?

Yes, then we’re asking you to support your clinical colleagues by taking a short-term deployment as a healthcare assistant or support worker. We need your help to keep our clinical teams delivering essential NHS services.

It is vitally important that we keep people safe and well to avoid additional pressure on frontline NHS services. This means keeping people cared for in the community in their homes. We also need to be able to respond to the increased support that people with mental health issues need.

Please ask for your manager’s approval and email: Emergency.Planning@merseycare.nhs.uk with the subject line Call to Action. As this is a clinical role, you will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and occupational health clearance. Full training will be provided.

COVID-19 guidance in easy read format

Please find a link to guidance produced in easy read format for sharing where needed. Guidance can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Visiting Arrangements across the Trust

30 December 2021

Due to the current rate of spread of COVID-19, the Strategic Co-ordination Group has reluctantly made the decision to suspend visiting to maintain patient safety and reduce the risk of spread within our hospitals. Permitted visitors should observe strict two metre safe distancing principles whilst moving around hospitals, wear face coverings and adhere to handwashing or use of alcogel on entering and leaving hospitals and clinical areas.

The following standards should be observed with immediate effect:

  • A maximum of two visitors for patients at the end of their life
  • One carer supporting someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, learning disability, autism or other similar complex conditions where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
  • In exceptional cases consideration will be given to individual requests following a comprehensive risk assessment
  • All visitors to ward areas must have a negative COVID test prior to their visit.

YourSpace

All COVID-19 related information and guidance will be issued via Trust wide COVID-19 Briefing and on the staff Facebook account. We will also continue to review and update, the wealth of information held here on YourSpace which should be your first point of reference. As always, your line manager and our staff helplines are there if you need them. 

Please continue to follow Trust guidance in relation to the prevention and spread of the virus

We continue to work to national guidance, please keep yourself and your teams updated with all announcements, news or changes to practice and service. 

We want our staff, patients, service users, carers and visitors to be confident about their safety when coming to Mersey Care. If staff have concerns, questions or suggestions about COVID-19 you can: 

If patients or service users, carers and visitors have questions, concerns or suggestions they can:   

  • Speak to a member of staff 
  • Speak to PALS 
  • Contact their clinician 
  • Phone switchboard on 0151 473 0303 
  • Write to Joe Rafferty CBE, Chief Executive: V7 Building, Kings Business Park, Prescot, L34 1PJ or email: Joe.rafferty@merseycare.nhs.uk