About Alder Hey
As a world leader in child healthcare and research, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust provides care for more than 275,000 children and young people each year. Our brand new, state-of-the-art hospital, which opened in October 2015 – and adjacent Centre for Research, Education and Innovation, or ‘Institute in the Park’, a joint venture between ourselves and the University of Liverpool – sets a new benchmark within the NHS and has already won a number of prestigious industry awards.
Buildings, however, are only as good as what happens within them, and services provided by Alder Hey have been rated as ‘Good’ overall and ‘Outstanding’ in the category of ‘caring’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – England’s independent regulator of health and social care – following our most recent inspection in 2017. This places us in the top 25% of Hospital Trusts inspected by the CQC. You can view the full report here.
We were the world’s first public health promoting paediatric hospital accredited by the World Health Organisation, and we have a thriving research portfolio that we’re seeking to grow even further in support of our stated purpose to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people everywhere by providing the highest quality, innovative care.
We deliver clinical excellence for all children, for routine illnesses as well as very complex and rare conditions.
One of four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the UK, it is a national centre for neuro and craniofacial surgery, a regional centre for burns injuries and a Centre of Excellence for children with cancer, heart, spinal and brain disease. The Trust is one of only four epilepsy surgical centres in the UK and one of only two accredited major trauma centres in the North West. Alder Hey is also a respiratory Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) surge centre and is in all options put forward to be a national centre for cardiac surgery under the ‘Safe and Sustainable’ review. It became the first UK Centre of Excellence for Childhood Lupus in 2010.
Alder Hey is the first accredited Investing in Children hospital in the UK. It has a dedicated patient experience programme which includes the award winning Alder Hey Arts involving music therapy, dance programmes, storytelling and animation projects. It is also one of a few hospitals to have a Children and Young Person’s Forum.
Our new hospital ‘Alder Hey in the Park’ is Europe’s first hospital in a park and provides a purpose-built, unique and world class healing environment for children and young people.
Alder Hey is supported by Alder Hey Children’s Charity which aims to raise vital funds for lifesaving equipment, research projects and patient experience initiatives.