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 About Us

The Walton Centre is a leader in the treatment and care of neurology and neurosurgery, placing the patient and their family at the heart of everything we do. As the only specialist hospital trust in the UK dedicated to providing comprehensive neurology, neurosurgery, spinal and pain management services we are proud to be rated as an ‘Outstanding’ Trust by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and champion change throughout the field of neuroscience. Originally formed in 1992, the Trust received Foundation Trust status in 2009.

We have leading specialists and incredibly dedicated staff delivering excellent clinical outcomes for brain, spinal and neurological care both national and internationally. Teams across our site in Fazakerley, Liverpool, 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.

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

This satellite model of care for neurology means that many patients are able to access outpatient consultations and many tests closer to home, and takes specialist services as close to patients as possible, with neurosurgery, highly specialised assessments and inpatient care being undertaken at The Walton Centre.

With around 1,450 staff, The Walton Centre treats more than 127,000 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 Neurosurgery Division 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.

The Neurology service is delivered by a multi-skilled professional team, and sees over 75,000 new and follow-up patients as well as treating over 4,500 inpatients.

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

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

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.

Underpinning all our work is a learning culture that empowers staff to believe they can make and lead change, be curious and seek continuous improvement. Our Walton way values – dignity, respect, caring, pride, and openness - are at the heart of this culture.

The Walton Centre is a teaching hospital and is closely associated with the University of Liverpool and Edge Hill University. The Trust was awarded University status in September 2022.


Excellence in Neuroscience


To provide a high quality of treatment, care and patient experience in the most appropriate place for the needs of our patients.

The Walton Way

Our Walton Way values were developed through staff engagement and are values that underpin everything we do at our Trust.

The five Walton Way values are:

Caring enough to put the needs of others first


Passionate about delivering dignity for all


Open and honest in all we do


Proud to be part of one big team


Courtesy and professionalism – it’s all about respect

The values are embedded within all Trust policies and are also part of the Personal Development Review process undertaken by all members of staff.

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Page last updated: 19 July 2023