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

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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Pilot scheme aims to boost early cancer diagnosis

A pilot scheme has been completed which aims to reduce the time patients must wait before they find out whether or not they have cancer – and potentially save many lives. The project, known as Query Cancer, treated patients at a ‘one-stop’ clinic which aimed to...

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Online education platform passes milestone

Vanguard Innovation’s ground-breaking online learning platform for primary care staff has surged past an important milestone. Gateway-C, which helps family doctors and other primary care staff more easily identify the early signs of cancer, was launched in May this...

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Digital pathology project is under way

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...

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Accolade for primary care cancer project

A Vanguard Innovation project designed to support primary care staff in detecting cancer has been shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ award. Gateway-C is an online platform that uses interactive films and other educational resources to help GPs improve the way they...

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Patient self-referral reaches pilot stage

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...

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Where to find our projects

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...

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