New service already making a positive difference

A new service, which only opened earlier this month, is already making a positive difference to peoples’ lives. Naylorsfield and Hartsbourne, in the Belle Vale area of Liverpool, is an eight-bedded residential service for people with complex mental health and learning needs.

After being an in-patient for nearly 30 years, Chris moved in to Naylorsfield on 3 June and is building his confidence and independence daily with the support of his team. Chris prepared and cooked himself a roast dinner for the first time in years and thoroughly enjoyed eating it.

Naylorsfield and Hartsbourne Registered Manager Lee Monaghan said: “I am incredibly proud and privileged to be a part of Chris’s Journey and look forward to leading the team in supporting him and other residents to achieve their dreams and aspirations.”

There has been a complete refurbishment of the eight-bed centre, including decorating, new carpet and flooring, new bathroom suites, kitchens and furniture. The centre will become a model for ‘step down’ care – allowing people to ‘step down’ from a hospital setting when they are ready to live more independent lives.

It will help free up valuable hospital beds, relieving some of the pressures facing the NHS and cutting costs. The council and CCG have joined forces with AFG, which runs the centre, and provide a range of services for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Naylorsfield and Hartsbourne consists of two bungalows, which have previously been used for short-term accommodation and respite. AFG has been involved in the design of the new centre to help create a layout that is tailor-made for the people who will use the service. Crucially, the views of service users and their families have been taken account of.

Lee added: “This an exciting project to bring people who need this type of support back into a community where they can reintegrate back into society whilst having the catered support they need.”