About us


The Walton Centre is the only specialist neurosciences NHS trust providing a high-quality, integrated and multidisciplinary service to Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, the Isle of Man and parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester – a population of 3.5 million people.

We were rated as ‘Outstanding’ for a second time by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following its inspection in April 2019.

Our ‘hub and spoke’ clinical model means we have satellite clinics in multiple sites across our region, enabling patients to be seen closer to home by the most appropriate specialist, with an average of 180,000 patients per year seen in clinics. We have one of the busiest neurosurgical units in the country, and are partners in the Merseyside Major Trauma Centre Collaborative with our neighbouring trust, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We also host the Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network and the Cheshire and Merseyside Adult Critical Care and Major Trauma Operational Delivery Networks.

The hospital is five miles from the centre of Liverpool, in a purpose-built building which opened in 1998. We have 119 acute beds, 30 complex rehabilitation beds, 10 acute rehabilitation beds, and it is one of only a few centres in the UK with a dedicated, 20-bedded Neurocritical Care Unit. We are also one of a small number of trusts that has an intraoperative MRI suite, in addition to six other operating theatres. We have four additional high-resolution MRI scanners and two CT scanners, ensuring our patients have access to the best diagnostic facilities possible. We perform over 40,000 scans per year.

The Sid Watkins Building at The Walton Centre, which opened in 2015, houses the Cheshire and Merseyside Complex Rehabilitation Unit, together with outpatient facilities, the ‘Home from Home’ centre for use by patients’ families, and a dedicated Education Department.

We are proud to be one of the best places to work and have achieved the industry standard Investors in People Gold Award for our organisational culture and our health and wellbeing support for staff.




Full colour The Walton Centre Charity logo with strapline

The Walton Centre Charity

The Walton Centre Charity supports the vital work of the trust by investing charitable funds in areas and projects that enhance patient, family and staff experience, treatment and care.

The Charity focuses on four key areas

  • Improved environment and facilities for patients and their families
  • Innovation and new technology
  • Research and development
  • Enhanced staff training and wellbeing

Page last updated: 26 September 2022