I met with Louise Shepherd the Chief Executive and Lisa Cooper, the newly appointed Director of Children and Young People Community and Mental Health at Alder Hey to hear about how they plan to integrate services for children across hospital, community and local authority settings better to provide care for children and young people in the City.

Along with the investment that the city are putting into children’s social care, there is a real chance of trying to improve services across settings for children in the city, whether at Sure Start centres, schools or hospital. There is certainly a need for this as the incidence of unmet mental health needs amongst children has been rising and Government cuts have meant that services have seen severely rationed.

I also had the opportunity to visit the intensive care unit and talk to the wonderful staff there who do such incredible work saving the lives of severely ill children.

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