The Walton Centre named first Surgical Spine Centre of Excellence in UK

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust has secured the coveted Surgical Spine Centre of Excellence (SSCoE) status from EUROSPINE.

The Trust was awarded the European-wide quality standard earlier this month, meaning that the hospital joins a certification programme for reputable spine institutions. The ultimate goal is to enhance the quality of spinal surgery and treatment and also to provide guidance for patients with spinal disorders.

The Walton Centre’s Medical Director Andrew Nicolson said: “It’s a testament to our hard working staff in theatres and throughout the hospital that we’ve been awarded the accolade. We’re constantly striving for high quality care for our patients, so to receive confirmation of this from EUROSPINE is something to celebrate.”

EUROSPINE is a society that aims to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and ideas in the research and treatment of spinal problems and diseases. The accreditation is only awarded to institutions that have highly-qualified personnel, experience, competence and exceptional equipment.

Frank Kandziora from the society said: “The SSCoE accreditation requirements were developed to address the present and future needs of patients and providers, and they are coupled with an objective evaluation process that enables a thorough review of each candidate centre.

“The purpose of the SSCoE programme is to audit and certify the implementation of services that advance spine surgery and spine care as a whole. The Walton Centre is an excellent Neurosurgical Centre and it’s clear that staff across the hospital work hard to provide high quality care.”

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Notes to editors

Further information, 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.

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