1st December 2015:

Roger Spencer, Chief Executive from The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, recently attended a special vanguard reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

The Christie is working with partners including Manchester CancerTrafford CCG, and Devolution Manchester to develop the Greater Manchester element of the national cancer vanguard. The aim is to improve clinical outcomes and the patient experience for Greater Manchester by establishing a single cohesive system leader for cancer services.

Speaking to representatives of the different vanguard programmes across the country Prime Minister, David Cameron said: “I wanted to get you together to say a really big thank you, because I’m very proud of our NHS, I’m passionate about our NHS – as this whole Government is – we want it to be a real exemplar around the world.

“The agendas you’re pursuing of better service for patients, integrating care in different pathways, making sure we make the most of science and innovation, that’s the way – combined with the money – to have an NHS we can be even more proud of in five years’ time and that’s what I’m standing here trying to do for our country. So thank you.”

Samantha Jones, Director – New Care Models Programme, said: “The new care model vanguards are helping to shape the future of health and care services across England. The team from Greater Manchester are playing a vital role, implementing new ways of working which will improve the care patients and their families receive.

“This event is just one of many ways we are celebrating their important work and sharing their plans with other people across the wider health and care services”.

Roger Spencer, Chief Executive at The Christie, said: “By combining our knowledge, expertise and capabilities in Greater Manchester, we are confident we can create a cancer network that gives patients earlier diagnosis and reduces the variations in the quality, efficiency and cost of care.”