Community & Mental Health

Community & Mental Health

Our Community and Mental Health Division includes our Children’s Community Nursing Team, Community Matrons, Community Therapies, Neurodevelopmental Community Paediatrics, ASD and ADHD services, Learning Disabilities Team, Complex Discharge Team, Transition Service, Safeguarding Services, Rainbow Centre, Specialist Community Mental Health Services including locality mental health services, Eating Disorders, Crisis Care Team, Mental Health in Schools Teams and Tier 4 Children’s Inpatient Unit,  Outpatients, Booking and Scheduling, Phlebotomy and Homecare.

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Alder Hey is enhancing its community and mental health provision by opening a new community cluster hub on the main Hospital site featuring two adjoined buildings:

  • The Catkin Centre - an Outpatients Centre that will support children with a range of mental health, neurodevelopment conditions, learning disabilities and Health Psychology. 
  • Sunflower House will comprise of a 12-bed inpatient mental health unit for children aged 5-13 with the most challenging mental health conditions. 

Acting as a hub, the Catkin Centre and Sunflower House will enable Alder Hey to meet the needs of families by supporting the delivery of the children’s integrated model of care, a model signed up to by all partners in children’s services in 2016. This integrated model is focussed on the delivery of care close to home where possible and only centralised when necessary. 

The new buildings will enhance the quality of care we provide to our children, young people and families. Bringing many of our community services together under one roof will enable a more joined up working approach, creating better outcomes and efficiencies. Close proximity to the Hospital will also increase access to specialist support, including expertise in long term conditions.

Sunflower House and The Catkin Centre approximately £20m and will be fully open in Autumn 2022. Through its ‘7in10 Mental Health Appeal’, Alder Hey Children’s Charity raised  £3m to support the fit-out, furnishings and unique architectural features of Sunflower House, creating a home from home for our children and young people with complex mental health conditions. 

Our aim remains to provide care in the community where appropriate; we will develop treatment plans for our children which enables the majority of their care to be delivered closer to home in local health centre/clinics and schools. We run a number of community services across Liverpool and Sefton. We will also be opening a new purpose-built outpatient clinic in South Liverpool later this year.


Alder Hey Children's Charity
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Alder Hey Children's Charity