Alder Hey

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Alder Hey Children's Hospital is a children's hospital in West Derby, Liverpool. It is run by the Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust as part of the UK National Health Service. The hospital forms a key part of the medical education at the University of Liverpool's Medical School curriculum.

Alder Hey was founded in 1914, and is regarded as the largest children's hospital in Western Europe. The hospital is the birthplace of modern paediatric anaesthesia; neonatal surgery and children's cardiac surgery were pioneered in the 1940's and 1950's.

Sir Robert Jones is remembered as a great pioneer of orthopaedic surgery, and was instrumental in the establishment of Alder Hey as a specialist children's hospital.

The hospital is one of the few with a University Institute of Child Health. There are 20 specialist services, which include bone marrow transplant, burns, cleft lip and palate, cancer, renal replacement and spinal injuries. The supra-regional services include cardiology and craniofacial surgery.

The first paediatric intensive care consultant in the UK was appointed to Alder Hey. Royal patronage was granted in 1985 and Alder Hey became a first wave Trust in 1991. More recently, the Trust has become involved in the National Booked Admissions Pilot Programme. This Trust is a major community provider of health care, operating on 38 different sites, providing a wide range of community child care health services, as well collaborative services with Social Services.

The Trust has a first class reputation for saving the lives of sick children and a proud history of medical achievement and clinical innovation. It is an international centre of excellence, treating more than 200,000 children a year from 17 North West health authorities, 2 health authorities in North Wales and Shropshire, and also provides significant paediatric support to the Isle of Man. As well as being a tertiary referral hospital for many conditions, with paediatric specialists for most areas in children's medicine, it also provides the general paediatric service and clinics for the locality.

The services provided by Alder Hey and the hospital activity is detailed in the Trust Profile (see right menu). The Trust is also a teaching hospital involved in the training of 600+ medical students. In addition, the Trust is a centre for hosting national postgraduate medical examinations (MRCPCH).

The Trust has approximately 2400 staff who are based either on the Alder Hey Hospital Site, Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 2AP or at one of 30 sites out in the community.

The structure of the Trust is that the Executive Team is accountable to the Trust Board and the Care Groups are accountable to the Executive Team. There are 5 Care Groups:

  1. Clinical Support Services
  2. Community & Mental Health
  3. Corporate Services
  4. Medical
  5. Surgical

Each of the 4 clinical Care Groups have a Care Group Manager and Clinical Director who have support from Assistant Care Group Managers and Associate Directors or Lead Clinicians.

The Corporate Services Care Group does not have a single manager as it represents many distinct departments such as Human Resources, Finance and IM&T. A diagram of how the Care Groups are structured is available here.

Executive and Non Executives are full Trust Board members.

Allan Mowatt is Secretary to the Board and Ros Smyth attends meetings on behalf of the Institute of Child Health

During the 1990s it was featured in the BBC television series 'Children's Hospital'.

A charity, 'Imagine', raises funds to assist the hospital's work. IMAGINE is the name of Alder Hey's charity, a fundraising campaign that helps us to continue our pioneering work, to develop facilities and to offer the very highest standards of care to our young patients. Every donation we receive helps us to achieve even more to improve the quality of life for children in hospital. From researching medical conditions to buying vital equipment, to building a better environment and providing support for patients and their families.


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