Mersey Care’s Chief Executive Joe Rafferty has been named in the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) list of the top 100 most influential people in health.
He was named at number 95 in the annual list, which is led by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, who are tied in first place.
Mr Rafferty’s inclusion in the list represents another important year for Mersey Care, which has expanded its services from being primarily a mental health trust to taking over community services for the South Sefton area of Merseyside.
In the last 12 months, Mersey Care has also been chosen as the preferred provider to deliver the Liverpool Community Health Liverpool core services and hosted a royal visit from HRH the Duke Of Cambridge to officially open Life Rooms Walton,
A second Life Rooms has also been oopened, which will provide a community hub and home for the Recovery College in Southport, while planning permission has been given to build a new mental health hospital in Southport.
Under Mr Rafferty’s leadership, the Care Quality Commission rated Mersey Care as ‘good’ following an inspection of their services while he was also shortlisted for the HSJ’s Chief Executive of the Year award 2017.
Appointed Mersey Care’s Chief Executive in 2012, Mr Rafferty has overseen a period of change within the trust, including becoming a Foundation Trust, acquiring Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and building and opening Liverpool’s first state of the art mental health hospital, Clock View.