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11th Mar 2021
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dewi Jones recently at the age of 91.
Dewi was a consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, appointed in 1968 by Liverpool Health Authority, and was a leading light in setting up and helping to organise mental health services for young people in and around Liverpool.
Dewi became a consultant in administrative charge of departments of psychology medicine at Alder Hey in 1981. He was the consultant psychiatrist of the service, which was then known as ward X and Y, working with children from school age of 4 up to 16 years old.
Dewi was known to colleagues as a very kind, considerate, and caring consultant psychiatrist who worked hard to ensure children and young people received the right care and treatment. He worked vigirously to raise the profile of children’s and young people’s needs and to develop the service and was an advocate for families being involved and collaborating with care and treatment.
After he retired, Alder Hey named their current inpatient health facility after him; The Dewi Jones Unit, based in Waterloo. The Dewi Jones Unit is a friendly, safe and non-judgmental environment to stay in and is designed to help children and young people aged 5 to 13 who are going through a difficult time or struggling because of their way of thinking, their feelings, or with some difficult behaviour.
Alder Hey Children’s Charity recently launched their 7 in 10 Mental Health Appeal. The appeal is focused around improving mental health services for children and young people and aims to raise funds to help build a new home for these services, including a new inpatient unit, based at our hospital campus in Liverpool. The vision is to support children and young people who need help to access those services at an earlier stage, helping them to lead bright futures. It is because of Dewi Jones that we can be proud of the togetherness of child and adolescent mental health services delivered in Liverpool, and it is in honour of his legacy that Alder Hey is striving to improve these services now and into the future.
Dewi is survived by his two children, Sian and David, three grandchildren, Alicia, Izzie and Ben, and by a great-grandchild, Aldara.
You can read a full obituary from Dewi’s son David on The Guardian’s website - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/mar/09/dewi-jones-obituary
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