Blog: Chair Janet Rosser Celebrates staff

Well what a few months we have had. It’s been very busyhere at The Walton Centre and alongside that we’ve also had two major incidents which staff have handled tremendously well. The team work and resilience that people have shown to ensure our standards of care are maintained has been fantastic and I’d like to thank everyone for their hard work and continued dedication to our hospital and our patients.

It’s hard to know where to begin when looking back over this year. One of the most significant recent developments was the launch of the Trust’s new five year strategy, click here to read more about it. A key element of our new strategy is an ambition to lead on research and innovation and it’s great to see so many staff contributing to that ambition on a daily basis. People like Physiotherapist James Somerset and Consultant Shagufay Mahendran with their new gait analysis technology, John Tetlow from the Pain Management Programme, who is part of the NICE working group to improve treatment for those with chronic pain and also Janine Winterbottom. She works tirelessly to improve treatment for young adults with epilepsy. There are many, many, many more staff who contribute to the work we do and innovate in new and exciting ways. We're also recognising these innovative staff members with a new award in December. 

Many staff are also taking The Walton Centre out into the wider health community, to surrounding education centres like the University of Liverpool, to showcase our specialist service to people who can work with us to benefit patients. It’s a really exciting time for the Trust as we continue to build on relationships and partnerships with other organisations.

As an example, I attended the launch of the new Liverpool Head and Neck Centre recently. It is a fantastic initiative. Liverpool has a larger than average number of Head and Neck cancer cases, so joining this new initiative alongside The University of Liverpool, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust and The Mersey Head and Neck Oncology Research Group demonstrates our commitment to research and patient care. It means we can work closer than ever with specialists and clinicians in this field to better serve patients in need of treatment.

And of course, going back to where I started in this blog, we’ve had a couple of major events in the last couple of months too in the attempted theft of our cash machine in the main building and the small fire in Outpatients. Our Estates and Facilities team is working incredibly hard to get Outpatients fully reopened and the main entrance fixed and open again. But we are also taking the opportunity to review the space and see if we can make more space available for other things. It will take time to get this and the new doors sorted so I appreciate your patience.

We had an amazing response in the form of messages of support from patients, families, staff and friends of The Walton Centre, and I would like to thank everyone for that support, and to recognise the on call staff who dealt with these incidents and are continuing to deal with the repairs. To the staff who were on call during both incidents, thank you all for your dedication and hard work to keep patients and staff safe.

Looking to the future, there’s been a lot of filming going on for the new documentary series ‘Hospital’ which will be aired on BBC Two next year. Staff have been outstanding in showing the amazing care provided for patients here and in welcoming the film crew. The programme will offer a great insight into The Walton Centre – I can’t wait to watch it!

Best wishes,

Janet Rosser,

Chair of The Walton Centre.