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

Feedback system gives patients their say

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...

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Medicines team in line for prestigious award

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...

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Online GP platform aims to cut cancer deaths

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,, family doctors can access a secure learning zone...

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Our latest film

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...

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GPs deliver feedback at aftercare event

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...

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Patients speak up at successful stakeholder event

A stakeholder event designed to help us shape new aftercare services for cancer patients was a stunning success. Dr Wendy Makin, Vanguard Innovation Lead for Living with and Beyond Cancer, said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the power of the patients’ stories delivered...

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