Service detail

The Neurology service provides specialist care to patients across Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales and the Isle of Man. Our network of satellite clinics operates from 15 acute hospitals, providing both outpatient services and support to inpatients. It is a large and busy neurology service which in 2020/21, saw almost 70,000 new and follow up outpatients and treated over 3,500 inpatients in either The Walton Centre’s day case or ward facilities.

A multi-skilled professional team includes 46 consultants and 28 specialist nurses, who work alongside an experienced therapy team to provide the holistic and multidisciplinary care required for our patients. Sub-speciality clinics are also provided in epilepsy, movement disorders, headache, neuromuscular, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, vascular and neuro myelitis optica.

Dr Anita Krishnan is the Divisional Clinical Director for Neurology. Dr Jay Panicker is the Clinical Director for Neurology.

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Neurology Consultants

Dr Nicholas Silver

Dr Silver established the headache service at The Walton Centre in 2004 and since that time has expanded this service to include four headache subspecialist consultants and two clinical nurse specialists.

Dr Sundus Alusi

Dr Sundus Alusi has been a Consultant Neurologist since 2004 and has a special interest in movement disorders. Since 2020 she has been the clinical lead for movement disorders at The Walton Centre. 

Dr 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. 

Dr Wojciech Pietkiewicz

Dr Wojciech Pietkiewicz is a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre.

Dr Jay Panicker

Dr Panicker is the Clinical Director for Neurology and a Consultant Neurologist.

Dr Roger Mills

Dr Roger Mills is a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre specialising in multiple sclerosis. 

Dr Rhys Davies

Dr Rhys Davies is the Dementia Lead and the Clinical Director of Medical Education and Research at The Walton Centre.

Dr Baba Aji

Dr Aji is currently a Consultant Neurologist, specialising in epilepsy at The Walton Centre and also provide general neurology clinics to Ysbyty Gwynedd and in North Wales. 

Related Services

Headache service

The headache service provides clinics to support four consultants specialising in headaches

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.

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system affecting young adults.


The Walton Centre has a world-class reputation for our epilepsy service. Our epilepsy services are huge and comprehensive, including specialist video-telemetry diagnostics, an epilepsy surgery programme - offering the full range of procedures - and specialist neuropsychological support for patients with epilepsy and those with non-epileptic attack disorder.

Parkinson's disease Nurse Specialists

Providing specialist advice, support and education for patients, and their carers, who have Parkinson’s disease and related disorders

Multiple sclerosis (MS) nurse service

The MS nurse service offers support, advice, information and education to those with a diagnosis of MS.

Motor neurone disease

Motor neurone disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones.

Neuromuscular disorders

We offer a comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic and support service for adult patients with neuromuscular disorders (NMD)

Neuromyelitis optica

Neuromyelitis Optica is a rare neurological condition and is characterised by relapses affecting the optic nerves and spinal cord.


Cognitive neurology

Cognitive neurology is the field that deals with brain diseases which primarily affect thinking.

Integrated Neurology Nurse Service

The Integrated Neurology Nurse Service (INNS) was created to bring care closer to patients in their own communities.

Neurogenetic disorders

The Walton Centre runs a clinic for patients with a range of neurogenetic disorders, principally various forms of cerebellar ataxias.

Page last updated: 10 August 2021