A huge inspiration. A huge legacy.
It is with sympathy to his surviving family, that we are reflecting upon the life of Dewi Jones, who has sadly passed away. A proud Welshman, Dewi Jones grew up in Brynmawr and moved to Liverpool to initially study Dentistry at the University of Liverpool. He went on to secure a place to study Medicine, graduating in 1958.
He found the career he loved working with children facing mental health problems and dedicated his career to them. In 1968 Dewi became a consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and played a lead role in setting up and organising mental health services for young people in the North West. When he retired, we named our specialist inpatient unit here at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in his honour, the Dewi Jones Unit, currently based near Crosby.
As many of you know, our current Alder Hey appeal is focused around improving mental health services for children and young people. We are raising funds to help build a home for these services, including a new inpatient unit, based at our hospital campus in Liverpool. Our vision is to support children and young people who need our help to access our 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 we are striving to improve these services now and into the future.
Thank you Dewi for standing by the side of Liverpool’s children and families throughout your whole career. You will be remembered fondly by colleagues who worked alongside you and remained friends in your retirement.
Read more about our 7in10 Children's Mental Health Appeal