The Walton Centre has been awarded Centre of Clinical Excellence status by Muscular Dystrophy UK

The Walton Centre has been recognised by Muscular Dystrophy UK for providing outstanding care for people with muscle-wasting conditions.

The specialist neuroscience Trust was awarded Centre of Clinical Excellence status by the charity, alongside 16 other centres across the UK. The award recognises excellence across a range of criteria, including the care received by patients, and helps to drive up the standards of clinical support for people with muscle-wasting conditions.

Neuromuscular Service Lead Dr James Holt and Consultant Neurologist Charlotte Dougan said: “The team are delighted to receive recognition of excellence for the comprehensive Neuromuscular Service, which includes our pioneering multidisciplinary neuromuscular clinics.

“The service is a well-established, comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic service with a range of subspecialist interests in peripheral nerve, muscle & neuromuscular junction disorders. We are hoping to grow with a number of projects to increase research and the benefits to patients. This award will galvanise the team to keep striving for excellence!”

Director of Campaigns, Care and Support at Muscular Dystrophy UK Rob Burley said: “We would like to congratulate The Walton Centre, which has deservedly been awarded Centre of Clinical Excellence status.

“The Trust provides a comprehensive service for people with muscle-wasting conditions and promotes best practice, ensuring patients have access to the best possible healthcare near where they live. Improved clinical care means faster access to treatments and potential cures.

“As the leading charity improving standards in muscle centres, we want to make sure everyone living with a muscle-wasting condition gets excellent care. We will continue to work withThe Walton Centre and other centres to ensure this ambition is realised.”

In the UK, 70,000 people have a rare or ultra-rare muscle-wasting condition. With just over one in every 1,000 people affected, many health professionals may never come across anyone with a muscle-wasting condition or know much about them.

The Centres of Excellence awards review began in 2012 and takes place every three years. It involves a rigorous assessment of services by experts, with a panel of health professionals and patient representatives developing the criteria for the awards. Patients’ views were also gathered as part of the review process. 


Pictured: Walton Centre team achieving the Centre of Excellence Award.

Notes to Editors

Further information about The Walton Centre, or to arrange a visit contact:
Sam Fleet, External Communications Officer, on 0151 556 3397 or email

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust is the only hospital trust in the UK specialising in neurology, neurosurgery and pain services. Although the majority of patients come from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, Lancashire and the Isle of Man, for some specialist treatments of complex disorders we see patients from all parts of the country, referred by their GPs or other neurologists, neurosurgeons and pain clinicians.

  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. The independent regulator of all health and social care services in England published its rating on Friday 21 October 2016, following announced and unannounced inspection visits to the Trust in April 2016.

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Lower Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool L9 7LJ
0151 525 3611


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About muscle-wasting conditions

  • More than 70,000 children and adults in the UK have a muscle-wasting condition.
  •  Muscle-wasting conditions cause muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increasingly severe disability. Some affect the heart and muscles vital for breathing, cutting lives short.
  • Muscle-wasting conditions may be inherited or strike out of the blue.
  • There are currently no effective treatments or cures available, but research to develop potential treatments is showing great promise.

About Muscular Dystrophy UK

  • Muscular Dystrophy UK is the charity bringing individuals, families and professionals together to beat muscle-wasting conditions. 
  • We offer practical and emotional support for people with a muscle-wasting condition and their families at every stage.
  • We are working to ensure everyone with a muscle-wasting condition has the right specialist NHS support and healthcare, whatever their age and wherever they live.
  • We fund world-leading research and won’t stop until we find treatments and cures for all our conditions.
  • We help people with all muscle-wasting conditions to improve quality of life, make the most of their independence and ensure every day counts.
  • For more information or to help support our work, visit or call our free helpline during working hours on 0800 652 6352.