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As of 1 April 2018 Liverpool Community Health Trust has been acquired by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

For more up to date information please visit: www.merseycare.nhs.uk/our-services/physical-health-services/ to access Physical Health Services.

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Executive Directors


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Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive

Before coming to Mersey Care Joe was Director of Commissioning Support at the NHS Commissioning Board. This role gave him national responsibility for the design and delivery of a significant component of the commissioning reforms outlined in the White Paper: Liberating the NHS. As Director of Commissioning Development for NHS North West (seconded from Chief Executive role at NHS Central Lancashire), he led on the development of commissioning reforms across the North West of England. During his tenure at NHS Central Lancashire (2007 to 2010) the trust became the most improved primary care trust in the North West and one of the most improved in England, according to the World Class Commissioning national assessment.


Johanna Reilly

Johanna Reilly 

Chief Operating Officer

Johanna has worked in a range of NHS leadership roles, most recently at NHS England.


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Trish Bennett, Executive Director of Nursing

Trish has worked in the NHS for over 30 years in various nursing leadership positions in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester in both provider and commissioning roles. Joined Mersey Care from NHS England, where she was the Director of Nursing for the Lancashire and Greater Manchester Sub Region responsible across the sub region.


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Neil Smith, Executive Director of Finance / Deputy Chief Executive

Neil has worked within NHS finance and performance management within Merseyside and nationally since 1985. He has held posts within acute and community trusts and health authorities, becoming Executive Director of Resources (Deputy Chief Executive) at Mersey Care in 2013.


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Dr David Fearnley, Medical Director

Dr Fearnley was appointed Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Ashworth Hospital in 2001 and has held a range of posts first within Ashworth Hospital and with Mersey Care’s medium, high secure and local services divisions. He is a member of the steering group for the Liverpool Mayor’s Health Commission (2013-14) and is the trust lead for INTERREG IVB three year Innovate Dementia project, one of 8 partners across North West Europe.


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Amanda Oates, Executive Director of Workforce

Amanda was Director of HR at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust from September 2009 to July 2013. She has more than 16 years human resources and organisational experience and qualified with the CIPD in 1996. After leaving University she started her career on a Graduate Management Scheme in the private sector with NatWest in 1992. She joined the NHS in 1998 and has worked in various HR and OD development roles in a range of NHS organisations before being appointed to her first director role in 2008 with NHS Blackburn with Darwen. Amanda also has an MSC in Strategic HRD and is accredited to use a variety of OD tools.