About Us

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The Walton Centre is the only specialist hospital trust in the UK dedicated to providing comprehensive neurology, neurosurgery, spinal and pain management services.

Our specialist staff offer a world-class service in diagnosing and treating injuries and illnesses affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nerves and muscles, and in supporting people suffering from a wide range of long-term neurological conditions.

Our Neurosurgery Department is one of the biggest and busiest in the UK, performing around 3,000 elective surgical cases, 2,000 emergency surgical cases and 1,000 day case procedures each year.

We serve a catchment area of 3.5 million people across Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, the Isle of Man and North Wales and beyond. We have service partnerships with 18 NHS Hospitals across the area we serve.

Our ‘Walton Clinics’ model on 44 sites providing care for neurology means that many people are able to access outpatient consultations and many tests closer to home, and takes specialist services as close to service users as possible, with neurosurgery, highly specialised assessments and in-patient care being undertaken at The Walton Centre. Our focus and size enables us to uniquely deliver effective and efficient specialist care offering our patients the best possible outcomes. The Trust has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission twice. The independent regulator of all health and social care services in England published its first rating on Friday 21 October 2016, following announced and unannounced inspection visits to the Trust in April 2016. The second was announced Monday 19 August 2019 after inspections in March and April 2019.

Our neuroradiology service is the most comprehensive in the UK, with four MRI scanners; two biplane intervention rooms and the most advanced CT scanner available.

Our Pain Management Programme is regarded as a model of best practice for helping patients with severe and chronic pain.

We host the Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network, ensuring that patients receive rehabilitation services at the location and level of care most appropriate to their need; and we are one of only four hospitals in the country to provide hyper acute rehabilitation care.

We have a dedicated Neuroscience Research Centre which runs a range of research studies, linking with partners in industry, academia and the NHS.

Today around 1,450 staff work for The Walton Centre, and we treat more than 120,000 outpatients and 18,000 inpatients each year with conditions including:

  • Head and spinal trauma injuries
  • Tumours of the central nervous system, both cranial and spinal
  • Neurovascular diseases
  • Epilepsy (including a full surgical programme)
  • Movement disorders (including the provision of a deep brain stimulation service)
  • Pain, with a particular focus on trigeminal neuralgia
  • Multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease
  • Chronic neuropathic pain, facial pain, headache and migraine

Our Vision

Our vision is Excellence in Neuroscience. We are always striving for outstanding patient outcomes and the best patient, family and carer experience. We will continue to cherish the standards we have achieved, whilst exploring how we can enhance these further, shaping neuroscience treatments and care for the future.

Our Purpose

Dedicated specialist staff leading future treatment and excellent clinical outcomes for brain, spinal and neurological care nationally and internationally. Our vision is what we strive for and our purpose is what we do. Our purpose has been chosen by our staff to reflect our culture, what we believe in and what we strive to deliver for our patients and their families. As a specialist Trust we have a strong track record of consistently performing well, delivering excellent patient outcomes in our specialist area of neurosciences care. We have a therapeutic focus and world class expertise in many rare and complex patient conditions in our specialist field. To deliver our vision and to meet our purpose, we have through consultation with staff, patients and partners agreed a set of ambitions together.

Our Ambitions 

We will:

  • Deliver best practice care and treatments in our specialist field.
  • Provide more services closer to patients’ homes, driven by the needs of our communities, extending partnership working.
  • Be financially strong, meeting our targets and investing in our services, facilities and innovations for patients and staff.
  • Lead research, education and innovation, pioneering new treatments nationally and internationally.
  • Adopt advanced technology and treatments enabling our teams to deliver excellent patient and family centred care.
  • Be recognised as excellent in our patient and family centred care, clinical outcomes, innovation and staff wellbeing.

For each of our ambitions we will define further what success will look like and what we expect to achieve in the first year of the strategy. At the annual refresh we will build on these for the future.


Our Values

Our values underpin everything we do. They are:

  • Caring
  • Dignity
  • Respect
  • Pride
  • Openness

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