COVID-19 Restrictions to remain in place at our hospital

We would like to remind you that the restrictions currently in place across the NHS will remain for the foreseeable future. This includes limitations on visiting patients, and infection control measures such as wearing face masks, temperature checks and maintaining social distancing when at our hospital.

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Research at The Walton Centre 

For over 15 years The Walton Centre has had a dedicated research team, working on helping develop new treatment and groundbreaking surgical approaches, all with the goal of helping to improve patient treatment and care. 

As of May 2021 The Walton Centre currently sponsor twenty studies and have 82 studies open for recruitment, 22 studies that are in follow up and 53 studies that are being set up. 

There are 56 Principal Investigators involved in current research projects, together with 14 members of staff across research teams, pharmacy, radiology and other teams.

14,000 patients have been recruited to research studies over the past 10 years.

TONIC (Trajectories of outcome in Neurological conditions) is The Walton Centre’s own sponsored study and the Trust is the most successful recruiter, with 3,647 patients recorded on Phase 3 alone.

You can also view this information on our research infographic.


We have performed, and continue to perform, important work into helping with the treatment and support of many different conditions, including;

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Headache and chronic migraine
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Chronic pain

In addition, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Walton Centre has been involved in national studies that aim to help tackle and manage the disease, including the RECOVERY trial and the ISARIC trial.

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Performance in initiating and delivering clinical research 

The Walton Centre’s activity and performance in clinical trials is measured against national government benchmarks that aim to improve the initiation and delivery of research.

To this end, the Trust submits quarterly reports to the Department of Health and Social Care setting out our performance. Please find our latest report via the link below. For further information and frequently asked questions please visit the NIHR website.

(Files 1 and 2)

Please note, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, performance reports for Q3 and Q4 2020/21 and Q1 2021/2022 are currently unavailable.

Research contacts

The Research and Development Team at The Walton Centre will be happy to answer any questions you may have about research.

If you are interested in finding out more, wish to get involved in a clinical trial, or have any other queries, please contact 

The team is also available via telephone, Monday - Friday from 8am to 4pm. Please call the team on 0151 556 3748 or 0151 556 3721.

If you wish to make a compliment or complaint about research, please contact our Patient Experience Team on, or call 0151 556 3090/3091.

Page last updated: 27 July 2021