Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard Innovation

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.













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Latest news

Weighing up benefits of user involvement

The Macmillan User Involvement programme brought together people affected by cancer who had taken part in Vanguard Innovation projects to evaluate the impact representatives had made on the Innovation projects. Programme Director Jenny Scott said that having service...

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Film showcases benefits of digital pathology

Vanguard Innovation’s latest film describes how we ran a successful project to explore the benefits of the latest technology in cancer pathology. Digital pathology is a system that captures a digital image of human tissue samples that can be shared very quickly among...

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Northern exposure for pioneering GP education platform

A pioneering digital platform that supports GPs in detecting the early signs of cancer is to be rolled out across the north of England. Vanguard Innovation project Gateway-C has proved so successful that 73 per cent of GP surgeries in Greater Manchester and Eastern...

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Update for stakeholders on progress in aftercare

Experts from across Greater Manchester described the new landscape of aftercare services at an event for stakeholders. The event at The Christie aimed to update patients and their families, as well as health professionals, about Vanguard Innovation’s progress in...

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Cancer intelligence privacy notice

Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard Innovation is taking a new and exciting approach to cancer intelligence, providing a much needed service for Greater Manchester and eastern Cheshire. We are developing a programme to enable cancer outcomes and performance data to be...

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Conference focuses on progress in aftercare

A major conference is being planned to highlight how we aim to provide improved aftercare for patients who have been treated for cancer. The aftercare conference will take place at The Christie on 16 January 2018 and will focus in particular on the Macmillan Recovery...

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Pioneering website helps patient decision-making

A pilot scheme is under way for a pioneering web-based system that helps cancer patients make crucial decisions about their treatment. The platform, known as Can-GUIDE – or Cancer Goal Use in Decisions – features a series of films based on real experiences that...

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‘You get so much from giving’

A growing number of people in Greater Manchester are signing up to be cancer champions. These are individuals who help spread health messages in their communities to help prevent people getting cancer. Being a cancer champion is extremely rewarding, as student nurse...

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Wellbeing website up and running

A new website is up and running to help people access health and wellbeing advice after they have received treatment for cancer.   The digital platform – – features a directory of information and practical advice, as well as links to support groups...

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