Welcome to the website of Vanguard Innovation
Vanguard Innovation is the innovation arm of Greater Manchester Cancer, the cancer programme of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.
Our aim is to pioneer innovations in cancer services and inspire health professionals across the country to adopt our new models of care.
Vanguard Innovation is also one of three partners in the national Cancer Vanguard which was set up to pilot new models of cancer care across Manchester and London to improve the rates of earlier diagnosis and detection, improve patient outcomes and experience and reduce variation in services.
A project to test out the latest technology in cancer pathology is under way across Greater Manchester. Vanguard Innovation is exploring the use of digital pathology that can capture a digital image of human tissue samples. Also known as on-screen microscopy, the...read more
‘The thought that just one person might go to their GP because of something I’ve written makes it worthwhile’
We’re recruiting cancer champions across Greater Manchester to spread key health messages in their communities and help prevent people getting cancer. Here we highlight the experience of cancer champion Lydia Brain… For Lydia Brain, being diagnosed with cancer was the...read more
Vanguard Innovation is piloting a system that would allow individuals to refer themselves to a GP for further investigations for suspected cancer. The computer-based system could improve early diagnosis of the disease and so save hundreds of lives. Greater Manchester...read more
Vanguard Innovation's projects take place across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire, and we've produced a map to identify exactly where they are. The projects cover every area of cancer services and include early diagnosis, cancer education, aftercare, improved...read more
An innovative system to capture and analyse feedback from cancer patients is being implemented in Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire. Vanguard Innovation is committed to improving patient experience as well as ensuring patients and their families play an equal...read more
The Cancer Vanguard’s medicines optimisation team has been shortlisted for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's (RPS) prestigious Team of the Year award. The shortlisting recognises the Cancer Vanguard’s innovative Pharma Challenge. This is a new way of working...read more
Vanguard Innovation’s pioneering online learning platform that supports GPs in detecting cancer symptoms has gone live across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire. Through the Gateway-C website, www.gatewayc.org.uk, family doctors can access a secure learning zone...read more
Our latest film is now available here. It outlines the progress we have made in cancer prevention, support for primary care cancer education, aftercare and the provision of cancer medicines. It also describes how we ensure that service users are involved in shaping...read more
We have been gathering feedback from GPs and other primary care staff as part of our project to develop and pilot new models of aftercare for breast, prostate and colorectal cancers. The project forms a key part of the Living with and Beyond Cancer workstream of the...read more
One of our project teams has been assessing the findings of a survey into what people would like to see from a cancer intelligence service. Our aim is to set up a service to provide intelligence for patients and their families to make informed decisions, and for...read more