COVID-19 restrictions to remain in place at The Walton Centre

Restrictions remain in place across the NHS in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety measures in place over the 18 months therefore remain in place at The Walton Centre - and in our other clinic settings within the community – until further notice.

Due to the increased transmission risk posed by the Omicron variant, visiting has been suspended within The Walton Centre except for exceptional circumstances.

Dr Christine Burness

About Christine Burness

Dr Christine Burness is a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre. She is joint clinical lead of the Functional Neurology Team and also the Trust Guardian of Junior Doctor Safe Working. 

Her clinical research includes assessment of outcomes for patients receiving treatment for functional neurological symptoms and she is the Principal Investigator for the Physio 4FMD randomised controlled trial of physiotherapy for functional motor symptoms. 

She is also focused on improving care for patients with complex presentations through MDT working, patient partnership and developing clinical guidelines. 



Functional neurology 

Obstetric neurology 

Neurological infection 


MbChB, MRCP, BA(Hons), MSc 

Clinical/research interests

Assessment of outcomes for patients receiving treatment for functional neurological symptoms 

Improving care for patients with complex presentations through MDT working, patient partnership and developing clinical guidelines 

Membership of professional regional and national bodies

Association of British Neurologists 

British Medical Association 

North of England Neuroscience Association 

Functional Neurological Disorder Society Fo7under Member 

British Neuropsychiatry Association 

International League Against Epilepsy 

American Academy of Neurology 

Related Services


The Neurology service provides specialist care to patients across Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales and the Isle of Man. 

Functional Neurological Disorders Service (FNDS)

The Functional Neurological Disorders Service provides multidisciplinary assessment and onward referral to appropriate treatment services.

Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Service

Our specialist nurse service provides patients, families, carers and other health professionals information and advice regarding epilepsy and its management.

Page last updated: 15 July 2021