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.
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...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
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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, www.gatewayc.org.uk, family doctors can access a secure learning zone...read more