THE WALTON CENTRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

 

FACILITIES

  • The department of Neurosurgery is the biggest and busiest in the UK, performing more procedures than any other neurosurgical unit.

Lead: Clinical Director of Neurosurgery, Pain, Anesthesia and Critical Care, Mr Paul May;

Contact: paul.may@thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk

  • The Spinal Service at The Walton Centre delivers thousands of spinal procedures per year and treats many more new patients per year. A multidisciplinary team including neurosurgeons, radiologists, neurologists, pain specialists, physiotherapists and specialist nurses work together in treating all types of spinal pathology.

    Lead: Spinal Services

    Contact: Tel: 0151 529 5666

  • The Trust's Pain Management Programme (PMP) is the largest and longest running PMP in the UK. First developed in 1983, the programme offers an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain management.


SPECIALISM

  • The Walton Centre is a unique and fully integrated NHS trust providing specialist neurology, neurosurgery and pain management services to patients across Merseyside, Cheshire, parts of Lancashire, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

    The Centre was established as an NHS Trust in 1992, although neurology and neurosurgery services were originally provided prior to this from the old Walton Hospital site. As well as treating patients at the main site in Fazakerley, near Liverpool, consultant neurologists and specialists also see people at our outpatient clinics from 15 other hospitals across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

  • The Trust provides care and treatment for the range of conditions affecting the brain and spine. Key services are: Neurology; Neurosurgery; Pain Medicine; Complex acute rehabilitation.

  • The Trust runs sub-specialist clinics for: epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, neurogenetic disorders, multiple sclerosis (MS), dementia, neuromuscular disease, motor neurone disease, cerebrovascular disease, including TIA and cerebrovascular disease, myasthenia gravis, headache, sleep disorders and all other neurological sub-specialties.


RESEARCH

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust has high aspirations for Research, Development and Innovation.

 

  • The Trust houses a purpose built Neuroscience Research Centre (NRC) where there are over 100 on-going studies. The NRC has 5 spacious clinic rooms Pharmacy, ECG, EEG, EMG, Psychological Testing, Resuscitation, Blood Spinning (with storage) and access to Neuro-Imaging facilities.  

    Approximately 50% of this work is commercially sponsored but the unit also facilitates non-commercial research projects including those funded from the Department of Health/National Institute for Health Research sources and charities.

    Lead: NRC Manager, David Watling

    Contact: dave.watling@thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk /Tel:0151 529 5667

  • The Department of Neurosurgery has several active research programmes with national and international collaborators. Find out more about current research at the Trust.

    The radiation versus Observation following surgical resection of Atypical Meningioma (ROAM) is expected to recruit about 200 patients from 40 centres across Europe. This 10 year study is the first clinical investigation into whether radiotherapy can improve outcomes for patients with a rare brain tumour following surgery.

    The multi-centre randomised control trial, "NERVES" aims to find the best treatment for sciatica by studying the benefots of surgery compared with pain killing injections.

    the study is comparing the clinical and cost effectiveness of trans-foraminaal epidural steroid injection, with surgical micro discectomy for the treatment of chronic radicular pain secondary to prolapsed intervertebral disc herniation.

  • Trajectories of Outcome in Neurological Conditions (TONiC) is a national research programme which develops models of quality of life in neurological conditions and identifies how clinicians can intervene to most effectively improve quality of life for people with these conditions. It is said to be one of the biggest neurological studies in the world.

  • SANAD-I was a landmark, Liverpool led clinical trial that identified Lamotrigine and Valproate as first line standard treatments in epilepsy. Since SANAD-I, a number of newer treatments have become available, the most promising of which are Levetiracetam and Zonisamide. SANAD II which commenced in 2012, assesses the clinical and cost effectiveness of these newer drugs compared to lamotrigine and valproate in adults and children aged over 5 years.


UNIQUE RESOURCES

TECHNOLOGY

  • The Trust houses a ‘clean air’ operating theatre opened offering state of the art ‘Buzz’ imaging technology". The system, allows surgery teams to view CT and MRI scans; and observe the area of surgery in real time, in 3D on large screens around the theatre.

  • The Trust delivers stereotactic radiosurgery, available on site at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Using a state of the art Novalis TX radiosurgery machine, radiation treatment can be delivered precisely and accurately to well-defined small targets in the brain and spine.

COLLABORATIONS

  • The Trust is part of the Merseyside and Cheshire Major Trauma Centre Collaborative and runs the rehabilitation network for Cheshire and Merseyside.
  • The Trust has undertaken research working with the University of Liverpool in pain, epilpsey and brain infections.
  • The Trust is a member of the Cheshire and Merseyside Comprehensive Local Research Network and works closely with the North West Stroke Research Network and DeNDRoN - the research network that supports research in dementias and neurodegenerative conditions.
  • The Trust has close ties with Edge Hill School of Health Studies and the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Liverpool through various research programmes.

SITE DEVELOPMENTS

  • The Trust is midway through a £40million capacity expansion programme.
  • Construction is currently underway of a storey new building due to open January 2015 that includes a 30 bed unit for complex rehabilitation, new pain management and neuropsychology facilities, and additional outpatient clinics.
  • The 29 bed, Chavasse Ward and 6th operating theatre opened in January 2013.
  • The Trust's Neuroscience Research Centre opened in October 2012.

RECOGNITION

AWARDS

  • The Walton Centre is a partner in the North West Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC).
  • The Walton Centre is the only specialist neurosciences NHS Trust in the UK.
  • The Walton Centre was the first trust in the UK use the ‘clean air’ operating theatre offering state of the art ‘Buzz’ imaging technology.

THE WALTON CENTRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
 
ADDRESS
Lower Lane
Fazakerley
Liverpool
L9 7LJ
 

IN NUMBERS

Staff 1150
In patients 15
Out patients 92888
Beds 193
 
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