Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard Innovation

Our latest Showcase put the spotlight on our ground-breaking work in cancer prevention.

Workstream lead Dr Graham Wardman set our four innovative prevention projects in the broader context of the Greater Manchester Population Health Plan. The plan, which runs until 2021, aims to re-orientate the health system toward prevention and a focus on population health.

Dr Wardman said that health changes and interventions were based on the robust evidence provided by trials and quality improvement methodology.

Linda Henry, from social enterprise organisation Unique Improvements, then gave an overview of our project in support of bowel cancer screening. She described how uptake of the screening offer varies considerably across Greater Manchester and Unique Improvements had held more than 200 interviews with residents to identify attitudes that may be barriers to uptake.

This qualitative research had identified a number of priority groups of people and a toolkit was being developed that would help health service staff and others address the barriers to uptake.

Ben Gilchrist, Project Lead for our social movement work, described how this project aims to create a grassroots, citizen-led movement of like-minded people to support cancer prevention.

We aim to recruit up to 20,000 cancer champions by 2019 who will spread key health messages in their communities and help foster a population that takes responsibility for their health and wellbeing.

The presentations were followed by a lively and informed question and answer session that also allowed for some important networking.

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You can view the presentations below. These include details of our enhanced screening offer.

View the presentations here