Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard Innovation

Around 150 guests joined us at our engagement event in the eye-catching surroundings of Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Emirates Old Trafford stadium.

The high turnout matched the attendance at our previous event in January and was particularly pleasing because it gave us the chance to gauge reaction to our plans and ambitions.

We wanted to use the occasion to showcase the innovative projects we have in hand, as well as demonstrate the progress we’ve made.

But the principal aim was to hear the views of patients and patient representatives and find out whether our objectives matched their expectations. Our patient representatives, Alison Walters and Ian Clayton, joined our speakers on the panel during the question and answer sessions and they emphasised the importance of patient-centred care: the projects we develop should always keep in view their direct impact on patients and their families.

The presentations delivered on the day can be seen in full below, but we include a summary of the speakers and their themes here:

Jenny Scott, Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard Programme Director, set the programme in its national and local context and outlined the challenges and opportunities and our guiding principles.

Jane Pilkington, Head of Public Health Commissioning at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, outlined exciting plans to use new insights to ‘nudge’ people towards healthier lifestyles.

Dr Cathy Heaven, Associate Director of Education at The Christie School of Oncology, described a ground-breaking project for GPs to use an online application to help them identify potential cancers.

Oldham GP Dr Matthias Hohmann gave details of ambitious plans to improve cancer diagnosis. These include a one-stop multi-disciplinary centre to which patients would be referred within seven days of a GP appointment.

Dr Brian Benatar, Consultant Histopathologist at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, delivered a presentation on behalf of Dr Roger Prudham, Deputy Medical Director at the same trust, who leads our work on standards. Dr Benatar described our project to record, measure and improve standards in cancer treatment across Greater Manchester and beyond.

Mr Dave Shackley, Clinical Lead for the Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard, explained how a system might evolve which would make cancer services more accountable. This system would be led by clinicians, make better use of resources and raise standards.

Adrian Hackney, Director of Commissioning for Greater Manchester Cancer Services, spelt out how the commissioning – or planning – of services might be improved to avoid duplication and minimise variations in standards.

Rob Duncombe, Director of Pharmacy at The Christie, described our ‘Pharma challenge’, an invitation to the pharmaceutical industry to work with the national cancer vanguard to reduce the cost of drugs and minimise waste.

Our panel was joined by Dr Maryna Brochwicz-Lewinski, Consultant Radiologist at Stockport Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who described how radiology is supporting our programme and the resource challenges it faces.

Click below to see the presentations in full.