Awards and accolades

The Christie is internationally renowned for cancer treatment, research and education, taking pride in providing the very best care for our patients.

Our employees, in whatever type of occupation they hold, consistently work to the highest standards, with individuals, teams and The Christie as a whole often being recognised regionally, nationally and internationally for outstanding work and excellence. 

We all work together as one team to deliver the highest possible standards of patient care, research and teaching, and as a result, regularly receive awards, accolades and accreditations. The selection below is just some of the awards we are most proud of.  

Our achievements in 2019

North West Society of Radiographers team of the year

Congratulations to our team of radiographers who have won North West team of the year from the North West Society of Radiographers. The team has now been put forward for the national finals which will be presented in London in November.

Chair of The Christie board receives MBE

Christine Outram, Chair of The Christie board of directors has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

The award is recognition for Chris’s huge contribution to the NHS over more than three decades, and the visionary leadership she has demonstrated, with more than 20 years experience driving improvements at an executive level. Since October 2014, Chris has served in the capacity of Chair of The Christie board.

Electronic prescribing for transfusion project

Congratulations to clinical nurse specialist Sharon Jackson and IT specialist Andrea Webber who have been nominated for an award at the Connect Conference in Blackpool for the electronic prescribing for transfusion project. This is now live on all inpatient wards and outpatients at The Christie.

Infection Prevention Society - Honorary membership

Congratulations to Gary Thirkell who has been awarded honorary membership of the Infection Prevention Society for his outstanding contribution to their work.

Urology nurse of the year

Congratulations to nurse specialist Helen Johnson who was named Urology Nurse of the Year by the British Association of Urological Nurses (BAUN).

100 best specialist hospitals in the world

We are delighted to have been named as one of the 100 best specialist hospitals in the world by Newsweek magazine – one of the highest profile publications in the USA. We share this accolade with a small group of the world’s elite specialist hospitals. The survey identifies those hospitals with the best clinical care, patient experience and reputation in the world and puts The Christie in the same league as the major US cancer centres in New York and Texas and also some of the world’s leading cardiac, children’s and trauma centres. Read more here

Macmillan professionals award

Congratulations to the lung nursing team who were nominated for a Macmillan professionals award in the innovation excellence category. The team were one of only eight teams to be nominated nationally.

Excellence in Informatics

Excellence in Informatics

Congratulations to the digital services team who have received Level 1 accreditation under the ‘Excellence in Informatics’ skills development programme. Based on standards promoting the personal and professional development of staff, the programme helps to ensure informatics in the North West is recognised for a proactive approach in supporting healthcare. Currently only 53% of organisations in the North West are accredited. For further information please visit Skill development network

Inpatient survey results

The Christie has, once again, achieved excellent results in the national inpatient survey 2018 and was ranked in the ‘better than most other trusts’ category for 56 of the 61 questions. The survey is commissioned by the CQC and the results are used as part of their regulation, monitoring and inspection of NHS acute trusts in England. The report is available via the link

Professorships

Senior clinicians from The Christie NHS Foundation Trust have been honoured with prestigious promotions from The University of Manchester. Congratulations to Dr Emma Crosbie, Dr Fiona Thistlethwaite, Dr Adrian Bloor, Dr Julia Handley and Dr Was Mansoor. For more information please visit the link below:

Fellowship awards

The Academy of Medical Sciences has awarded Fellowships to Director of Research, Professor John Radford and Professor Rob Bristow our Chief Academic Officer. In total, 50 of the UK’s leading figures within biomedical and health sciences were elected this year, with Professor Bristow and Professor Radford being the only two new fellows from the North West. They have been selected for their outstanding contributions to advancing medical science, cutting edge research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society. More details can be found here.

Christie International joins the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

The Christie has recently become a member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), joining over 1,100 organisations in more than 170 countries.

Northern Powerhouse Export Awards

Our international team received recognition at the ‘BD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards’ winning an award in the ‘new to export’ category. This was for its part in a consortium that was selected to provide expert consultancy advice to the Rong Qiao group in China, in partnership with NHS Northumbria International Alliance

The Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI)

In December 2018 The Organisation of European Cancer Institutes re-accredited The Christie as a Comprehensive Cancer Centre which demonstrates that we meet the quality standards for cancer. The action plan for four areas has been developed to further enhance the cancer services we offer and will be reviewed in September 2019. We are very proud to receive this ongoing accreditation. Further information can be found here

Nursing Times awards

Congratulations to Michelle Davies who has been shortlisted in the Nursing Times awards for Nurse of the Year. Michelle is our Advanced Nurse Practitioner who works for the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility. The Christie has also been shortlisted for the Cancer Nursing award.

Excellence in Cancer Research RCNi Nurse Award

Congratulations to Claire Dickinson and Elaine Blowers who were finalists in the RCNi Nursingawards for Excellence in Cancer Research. They were praised for their Trust-wide work to raise awareness of clinical trials for patients.

HSJ Patient Safety Awards

Congratulations to the Acute Oncology/Acute Kidney Injury team who have been shortlisted in the HSJ Patient Safety Awards. As finalists in the Cancer Care Initiative of the Year category, they were praised for mitigating the risj of acute kidney injury during treatment.

Our achievements in 2018

Healthcare Scientist of the Year

Professor Ranald Mackay, director of medical physics and engineering at The Christie was named by NHS England as Healthcare Scientist of the Year at the prestigious Healthcare Science Awards. He collected the accolade from HRH Princess Anne at the Chief Scientific Officer's Annual Conference at the Royal Society in London. The award celebrates ‘an exceptional individual who has used their skills and scientific ability for a maximum patient or service user benefit, as recognised by their peers’. Professor Mackay has been instrumental in the development of proton beam therapy at The Christie.

iNetwork awards

The Christie School of Oncology developed an app to support the training and induction of around 500 junior doctors each year on rotation through the Trust on four-month placements. The Christie Edukit app, launched in August 2017, is popular with medical students and won an iNetwork award in January 2018 in the ‘effective information sharing and security innovation’ category.

Patient Safety Awards

Our enhanced supportive care team was shortlisted in the national Patient Safety Awards in the Cancer Care category. ‘Enhanced Supportive Care’ was developed by specialists at The Christie and has since been nationally recognised and rolled out to 23 other cancer centres across the country, supported by NHS England.

The initiative encourages care teams to address more fully the needs of cancer patients – in particular, preventing and managing the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment. Rather than waiting until patients are in crisis, Enhanced Supportive Care ensures that patients have early access to specialist support where there are pain or symptom problems. This early intervention helps avoid the need for emergency admission to hospital.

RCNi Nurse Awards

Lorraine Turner, an advanced nurse practitioner, has been shortlisted for the RCNi Nurse Awards for her work in identifying the holistic needs of patients referred to experimental cancer medicine trials. Lorraine was shortlisted in the Excellence in Cancer Research category. Her work recognises that people living with a cancer diagnosis can be affected in a variety of ways: some will have physical concerns, others may have emotional or spiritual needs, while practical and financial worries can also put significant strain on people.

The project encompassed nearly 200 patients who completed a holistic needs assessment to assess their physical, psychological, family, social, religious and spiritual concerns and the effects of their illness and treatment.

North West Charity Awards 2018

The Christie Charity was proud to be a finalist in the North West Charity of the year category. Our charity is an extremely important part of what we do. It supports the work of the Trust through its fundraising activities and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has over 50,000 supporters who helped raise £15.3m last year.

Macmillan Professionals Service Excellence Awards 2018

The Christie Secondary Breast Cancer Nursing team have been shortlisted for the Macmillan Professionals Service Excellence Awards 2018. People living with secondary breast cancer often live with perpetual uncertainty and high levels of physical and psychological morbidity. Unlike patients with primary breast cancer, those with metastatic disease may have a limited support structure. The Macmillan Secondary Breast Care Nursing Team at The Christie Hospital in Manchester recognised this disparity in care. Following a Macmillan service review and an extensive scoping exercise, the team established a dedicated service that provides secondary breast cancer patients with a clear pathway of support.

Nursing Times Workforce Awards 2018

A Nurse Recruitment and Retention Project at The Christie has been shortlisted in the Best recruitment experience category in the Nursing Times Workforce Awards. The shortage of candidates with the right skills, abilities and experience in some areas of nursing has created a competitive market. The ability to deliver high quality, compassionate care depends upon recruiting and retaining the right people with the right skills.

The nursing workforce is key to the success of the Trust, its values, strategic goals and objectives; therefore an effective recruitment and retention plan that complements the overall workforce plan and the Trust business plans is essential. The Christie’s Recruitment & Retention Project was established to work collaboratively, take initiative, be creative and challenge the status quo to tackle and prevent recruitment and retention issues at the Trust.

Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care

Christie nurse Irene Budd has won the Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care in the 1970-79 category. Irene, 80, has been at The Christie since 1979 and was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to nursing in 2014.

The Kate Granger Awards for Compassionate Care are dedicated to Dr Kate Granger who sadly passed away in July 2016. Kate was the founder of the globally recognised #hellomynameis campaign to encourage all health and care staff, whatever their role, wherever they work, to deliver care with compassion, recognising the individual and their care needs. The award ceremony took place at the NHS England Health and Care Innovation Expo at Manchester Central on Wednesday 5th September.

Greater Manchester’s Building of the Year

The proton beam therapy centre at The Christie has been named as Greater Manchester’s Building of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.

As a medical building, its external design can’t be described as much more than cleanly functional, but judges were impressed by ‘truly staggering’ infrastructure needed to enable cancer treatment. In order for the 200-tonne proton beam machines to work (and the proton beam therapy centre at The Christie has three for treating patients, and a fourth as a test area), they need to be able to rotate around 360 degrees. That means the building is built around four massive gantry spaces, with walls as thick as six metres in places, which was delivered through 17,000m3 of concrete and 1,700 tonnes of reinforcement by contractor Interserve.

Wiring runs through 10 km of pipes, checked for any blockages beforehand using, appropriately, endoscope cameras. Should the machines ever need to be lifted out, the roof above is air-tight but removable, structured in a way reminiscent of Jenga.

Sustainable Health and Care Awards

The Christie is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Travel and Logistics award at Sustainable Health and Care Awards. This award will showcase an organisation that has delivered effective projects or programmes to help improve health through travel and logistics. Professor Lord Robert Winston, eminent authority on medical science will announce the winner on the 21st November.

Care Quality Commission: Outstanding

We were delighted to announce in October that we have once again been rated Outstanding by The Care Quality Commission (CQC). We were especially proud that The Christie is in fact the first specialist trust to be given the health regulator’s highest accolade twice. The Outstanding rating was first awarded to the Trust by the CQC following our inspection in 2016. The 2018 report says that The Christie is ‘a leader in cancer care’ and ‘is a pioneer in developing innovative solutions to cancer care.’

Roger Spencer, Chief Executive of The Christie, said: “The rating is the highest we could have been given and it is testament to the dedicated, expert staff in every Christie department and site who work tirelessly to give the very best care and treatment to our cancer patients. Those patients are at the heart of everything we do."

St Peter’s Medal by the British Association of Urological Surgeons

Urological cancer surgeon Professor Noel Clarke has been awarded the prestigious St Peter’s Medal by the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS). It recognises his sustained contributions to the advancement of urology. The St Peter’s medal is the highest honour that the national association can give. It is awarded annually and it is the first time in 48 years that it has been awarded to a urologist in the North West.

North West Constructing Excellence Awards

The Trust capital, estates and facilities team scooped three awards at the annual North West Constructing Excellence Awards. The proton beam therapy centre won the project of the year, sub regional project of the year, and client of the year awards at the event at the University of Salford.

HealthInvestor awards

Two of our partnerships with independent sector providers in diagnostic services were nominated for awards. We were joint winners together with our partners for both award categories. This is an excellent achievement and demonstrates our capabilities in achieving benefits for patients by working together with independent sector partners.

GM Clinical Research Awards

The Christie scooped prizes in two categories at the 2018 Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards in November. Of the six nominations, the oncology collaboration (The Christie Breast Cancer Research Team and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Oncology Research Team) scooped the Outstanding Contribution award and Alison Walker won the Debbie and Martin Special award for ‘Exceptional Experiences.’

New Year’s Honours

Many congratulations to Professor Caroline Dive, deputy director of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, who was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honours list for her work with Christie colleagues on early cancer detection.

Congratulations also go to fundraiser and charity partner governor Janice Moss who was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in recognition of her 20 years of fundraising for The Christie as chair of the Altrincham and Sale Fundraising Group.

Schwartz Awards

Congratulations to SoO head of workforce education and development, Karen Hellewell who was successfully shortlisted for this year’s Schwartz Awards in the ‘Shining Star’ category. Karen has been an inspirational figure in the successful introduction of Schwartz Rounds at The Christie. Schwartz Rounds provide an opportunity for all staff to discuss and reflect on the emotional and social issues arising from their work. This can help staff to better understand the roles of others, improve team working, form ideas and better ways of working together to deliver the best quality care to our patients.

Best Proffered Paper award

Amy Walkman, who has recently qualified as a therapy radiographer, has been awarded the prestigious Best Proffered Paper based on pre-registration research at The College of Radiographers Annual Radiotherapy Conference. Her paper was titled ‘Aiming to standardise bladder and bowel preparations for prostate cancer patients receiving external beam radiotherapy - a scope of practice in the South West of England.’ Amy is a recent recipient of the radiotherapy student of the year award given by the college having been nominated by The University of the West of England where she studied.

Excellence in promoting cycling and walking

Transport for Greater Manchester has awarded The Christie the Travel Choices Active Travel Award for excellence in promoting cycling and walking. The award recognises the organisation that is demonstrating the strongest commitment to active travel.

Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) recognition

Congratulations to three of our clinicians who were recognised at The RCR Fellows Admissions Ceremony on Friday. Professor Tim Illidge won the Gold Medal, Professor Neil Burnet won the Exceptional Contribution Award, and Professor Catherine West was awarded an honorary fellowship.

Sustainable Health and Care Awards

Congratulations to our Green Travel team who were presented with a Highly Commended award at the Sustainable Health and Care Awards in the Travel and Logistics category.

University of Manchester Recognising Excellence and Achievement Awards

Congratulations to our Oak Road chemotherapy unit who were awarded placement of the year 2018 for its work with student nurses.

Health Business Awards

The Christie was shortlisted for the 2018 Health Business Awards. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS. While much remains to be done to ensure it can keep up with changing demands, the Health Business Awards is staged in order to recognise the many examples of innovation and excellence that happen every day. The Christie was shortlisted in the Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare category.

Our achievements in 2017

Edukit app

The Christie School of Oncology developed an app to support the training and induction of around 500 junior doctors each year on rotation through the Trust on four-month placements. The Christie Edukit app, launched in August 2017 and won an iNetwork award in January 2018 in the ‘effective information sharing and security innovation’ category. It was also a runner-up in the Developing Excellence in Medical Education (DEMEC) annual awards in November 2017 in the e-learning category.

Finance Towards Excellence award

Our Finance Team gained re-accreditation at Level 3 of the Finance Towards Excellence award, following an independent review. This is the highest possible level, demonstrating the team’s professionalism, engagement and expertise in supporting the Trust to deliver sustainable patient services.

Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2017

Professor John Radford won the lifetime achievement award. Dr Ananya Choudhury won the Outstanding Contribution award and Clare Dickinson was given a special Outstanding Ambassador award. Tamara Garcia-Lopez and Parisa Mahjoob-Afag from The Christie were both shortlisted for the awards.

HSJ Awards

The Christie’s School of Oncology was shortlisted for the ‘Improving outcomes through learning and development’ category at the HSJ Awards for work to support GPs in detecting cancer through the Gateway-C platform. This online platform uses various educational resources to help GPs improve the way they refer patients for cancer treatment. The project was delivered as part of the Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard Innovation programme.

Health Service Journal Top Chief Executives 2017

Our Chief Executive, Roger Spencer was named as number 14 in the HSJ top 50 chief executives list published in March 2017.

HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017

The Christie’s pharmacy team was integral to the success of this winning entry made by NHS England Specialised Commissioning for the work of the Medicines Optimisation Clinical Reference Group. The judges felt that this work demonstrated how it was possible to dramatically improve patient safety and patient experience whilst making significant cost reductions.

Macmillan Lifetime Achievement award - Dr Wendy Makin

The Christie’s Medical Director, Dr Wendy Makin, received the Macmillan Lifetime Achievement award in November. The award recognises Wendy’s exceptional leadership and outstanding work as a cancer care professional over the course of her career and is Macmillan’s most prestigious award for professional excellence.

Nursing Times Awards 2017

The Christie was shortlisted twice for these awards, in the Nursing in Mental Health category and the Surgical Nursing category. This was for work undertaken by the plastic surgery team to improve care for patients affected by skin cancer and dementia through providing holistic assessments and adopting dementia friendly policies and processes, as well as ensuring extra support for patients with skin cancer having surgery. As a result, fewer dementia patients now require a general anaesthetic with more dementia patients able to have their cancers removed in day case surgery under local anaesthetic, resulting in more positive outcomes.

Patient Safety Awards 2017

The Christie was shortlisted in the Cancer Care category at these awards for our work to deliver a new model for homecare utilising Christie staff to deliver chemotherapy and other anti-cancer treatments directly to patients in their homes. The Christie was also shortlisted in the Best Organisation category for these awards.

Quality System for Radiotherapy Physics and Radiotherapy - ISO9001:2015

Our teams in radiotherapy physics and radiotherapy achieved the ISO9001:2015 quality standard 10 months early in November 2017. This system demonstrates that The Christie provides safe, effective, relevant, quality care and treatment to patients using our radiotherapy physics and radiotherapy services.

RCNi Nurse Awards 2017

The Christie’s Macmillan secondary breast cancer team won the Cancer Nursing Practice Award for its work to redesign a patient-centred service for patients diagnosed with secondary breast cancer across Greater Manchester. This includes a holistic 45-minute nurse-led assessment with a member of the team covering the physical, social and psychological needs of a patient. As a result, all newly diagnosed secondary breast cancer patients see a member of the team within a month of diagnosis, patients feel much better informed about their care, and those patients who most need specialist support receive the appropriate care sooner, rather than reactively.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s sustainable transport accreditation scheme

The Christie was awarded the gold standard in Transport for Greater Manchester’s sustainable transport accreditation scheme. This award recognises organisations that have taken steps to reduce their impact on the environment through sustainable travel and provides public recognition that The Christie is a regional leader in green transport.

UK Therapeutic Student Radiographer of the Year

Therapeutic radiographer, Amy Walkman, was awarded the title of Therapeutic Student Radiographer of the Year by the Society of Radiographers in November 2017. Amy was nominated by The University of the West of England, where she studied and achieved a first class BSc (Hons) in radiotherapy and oncology prior to joining The Christie.

Our achievements in 2016

Care Quality Commission rating of ‘Outstanding’ and top rated specialist trust in England

A Care Quality Commission report following the end of its current inspection programme found that not only was The Christie rated the best specialist trust in the country, but it is also one of the top three trusts generally in England. In November 2016 the Trust was ranked ‘outstanding’ by the health regulator which described The Christie as ‘exceptional’ and ‘a leader in its field’.

CCU peer review

The Critical Care Network carried out a site visit on 22 April 2016 and we presented to University Hospital South Manchester and Greater Manchester Critical Care Network on 6th May 2016.

JACIE accreditation confirmed for next four years

JACIE's primary aim is to promote high quality patient care and laboratory performance in haematopoietic stem cell collection, processing and transplantation centres through the development of global standards and an internationally recognised system of accreditation. The Christie has been awarded accreditation for the next four years.

The Christie is a technologically advanced cancer centre

The Christie has been named the most technologically advanced cancer centre in the world outside North America. This accolade comes from web site Top Masters in Healthcare which has painstakingly researched 100 top cancer centres across the world and ranked them according to the level of cutting edge technology available for treatment and diagnosis.

The Weiss medal awarded to Professor Catharine West

Professor Catharine West has been awarded the very prestigious Weiss medal for services to Radiobiology. She joins an elite group of scientists to receive such an honour. Only 35 people have received the medal since it was first awarded in 1972. The medal is awarded following a nomination by the Chairman of the Association for Radiation Research and celebrates the pioneering radiation chemistry research that Professor J Weiss undertook from the 1930s onwards.

Quality in Care (QiC) Oncology Awards 2016

The Christie was a finalist in four of the 11 award categories and won two awards. Our chemotherapy team won the Patient Experience award for delivering treatments closer to home and improving the patient experience. Our Supportive Care team also won a QiC award in the Patient Care Pathway category for its work on The Christie Enhanced Supportive Care Initiative.

Our prostate cancer community based nurse-led clinics were highly commended in the Long-term Care award and our complementary health and wellbeing team was a finalist in the large cancer charity initiative of the year award.

2016 Healthcare Science Awards

Dr Philip Monaghan, Clinical Scientist at The Christie Pathology Partnership was shortlisted for the Rising star – Life Sciences award at the 2016 Healthcare Science Awards. The awards recognise cutting-edge science that is delivering the NHS of the future and innovative changes to diagnosis or treatment that benefit patients.

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The British Journal of Nursing Awards 2016

In March 2016, Lorraine Turner, Nurse Clinician at The Christie was named as Oncology Nurse of the Year by The British Journal of Nursing.

CHKS Data Quality Awards 2016

The Christie was shortlisted in the CHKS Data Quality Award (Specialist) category for its excellence in data quality and the importance the Trust places on clinical coding and data quality. Data quality has a key role in ensuring appropriate patient care and financial reimbursement from healthcare commissioners.

OECI re-accreditation

The mission of the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) is to bring together the cancer research and care institutions of the European Union, in order to create a critical mass of expertise and competence. The Christie has been re-accredited in 2016.

Federation of Holistic Therapists President’s Award for Dr Peter Mackereth

This special award for an outstanding contribution to integrated healthcare and the complementary therapy industry was presented to Dr Peter Mackereth, recently retired clinical lead for complementary therapy at The Christie. Peter worked at The Christie for 15 years, overseeing an expansion of the complementary therapy service from two part-time staff to over 30 today. He also undertook a wide range of research and teaching activities.

Friends and Family Test Awards 2016

The Christie was selected as a national finalist in two categories at these awards, the ‘Friends and Family Test Champions of the Year’ and the ‘Best Friends and Family Test initiative in any other NHS-funded service’. The Friends and Family (FFT) Test asks patients and hospital staff for their feedback on the services provided and helps to drive improvement. Since the survey was launched in 2014, The Christie has received positive feedback from patients, consistently scoring above 95% for positive responses each month. Around 900 patients a month give their views.

Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016

The Christie was a finalist in the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016 in three categories: Procurement Leadership of the Year Award, Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Health Care, and Procurement Team of the Year Award – Health and Social Care. These awards recognise and reward excellence and achievement in commissioning, procurement and public service delivery.

Greater Manchester Research Awards 2016

The Christie’s haemato-oncology and lymphoma clinical research team won the Research Team of the Year at these awards. This team look after around 500 patients with blood cancers each year on up to 120 clinical trials. The team has worked hard to increase the number of trials available, giving patients improved quality of life and better survival rates. Between 2015 and 2016 the team was the top global recruiter to one study and top UK recruiter to five studies.

Health Service Journal Awards 2016

The Christie was a finalist in the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards which celebrate excellence and innovation in UK healthcare. The Trust was shortlisted in the Provider Trust of the Year category.

Health Service Journal Top Chief Executives 2017

Our chief executive, Roger Spencer was named as number 14 in the HSJ top 50 chief executives list published in March 2017.

NHS England Clinical Reference Groups Chairs

Professor Nicholas Slevin, consultant in clinical oncology at The Christie and Mr Vijay Sangar, consultant urological surgeon at The Christie and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, were among 42 clinical experts and practitioners in their specialist fields to be appointed as Chairs of Clinical Reference Groups by NHS England.

The NHS Staff Survey 2016

The NHS Staff Survey gathers views on staff experience at work and includes appraisal and development, health and wellbeing, staff engagement and involvement, and raising concerns. The Christie is the joint second best performing trust against the statement ‘If a friend or relative needed treatment I would be happy with the standard of care provided by this organisation’ with 93% of staff agreeing or strongly agreeing.

Nursing Times Awards 2016

The Christie was shortlisted in three categories for these awards in 2016. Our work improving care for patients with dementia who were having surgery was shortlisted in both the Cancer Nursing and Surgical Nursing categories. Jackie Stringer in our complementary therapy team was also shortlisted for the HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care for her use of essential oils to support patients in managing symptoms following cancer treatment.

Patient Safety Awards 2016

The Christie was shortlisted for the ‘Cancer Care’ category in these awards for implementing an effective Acute Kidney Injury safety system for all cancer patients throughout the Trust. Acute Kidney Injury rates are being monitored to ensure actions implemented have a positive impact on reducing potential harm. Patients receiving treatment for cancer are often at a higher risk of Acute Kidney Injury.

Point of Care Foundation Schwartz Awards 2016

Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, both clinical and non-clinical, come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. An entry from Christie porter, Rob Hardiman, won the award for Most Powerful Schwartz Round at the Point of Care Foundation Schwartz Awards 2016. Rob had shared his experiences of meeting a patient called Sean who lived in the same town as Rob. They had numerous encounters both in the hospital and outside of work, before Sean sadly passed away. Rob shared how knowing Sean had enriched his life.

Professors Blackhall, Lorigan and Somervaille

Three consultants from The Christie were made professors in 2016. Fiona Blackhall, Paul Lorigan and Tim Somervaille have all been honoured with professorships from The University of Manchester.

Professors Mackay and Wardley

Two consultants from The Christie were recipients of a Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) Honorary Clinical Chair in 2016. Professors Ranald Mackay and Andrew Wardley were honoured by The University of Manchester.

Our achievements in 2015 

HSJ Awards 2015

The Christie and its staff were shortlisted in a record four categories for the Health Service Journal Awards 2015. The Christie Quality Mark was nominated for the compassionate patient care award, the chemotherapy outreach team was shortlisted for the specialised services redesign award, The Christie Commitment Champions were shortlisted for the staff engagement award and lung cancer consultant, Dr Neil Bayman, was shortlisted in the rising star category of the awards.

National Cancer Vanguard

The Christie, working in partnership with Manchester Cancer, has been designated as a core partner in the National Cancer Vanguard working alongside The Royal Marsden and University College London Hospitals (UCLH). This involves The Christie taking on a bigger leadership role across the Greater Manchester cancer system and throughout the country with a strengthened role in coordinating and supporting other organisations to deliver effective cancer care and drive improvements in cancer outcomes.

LaingBuisson’s Independent Healthcare Awards 2015

Our partnership with Alliance Medical and NHS England to provide education and training support for the national PET-CT scanning contract won the Public Private Partnership Award at the LaingBuisson’s Independent Healthcare Awards 2015.

The Advisor Awards 2015

Charlotte Finchett was the runner up in the advisor of the year category of the smoking cessation magazines annual awards for her work providing a head and neck cancer smoking cessation service to patients at The Christie.

Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2015

Benita Cooke was nominated for the research administrator/co-ordinator of the year award for her work supporting The Christie’s research and development office.

HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2015

The Christie’s work to redesign the patient pathway for patients on long-term oral chemotherapy was highly commended in the value and improvement in medicines management award.

Building Better Healthcare Awards 2015

Our Proton Beam Therapy building was highly commended in the Patient’s Choice Award at the Building Better Healthcare Awards.

Institute for the Healthcare Estates Awards 2015

Our Proton Beam Therapy building won the BIM (Building Information Modelling) Award.

International Dementia Awards 2015

Dementia nurse specialist Lorraine Burgess was commended in the dementia leader of the year award.

NHS North West Excellence in Supply Awards 2015

Tissue Viability Nurse, Sharon Gardner was nominated for a Procurement Champion award in the NHS North West Excellence in Supply Awards for her work to improve wound dressing for patients whilst saving The Christie approximately £30,000 per year.

Good Funeral Awards 2015

The mortuary team at The Christie was nominated for the Good Funeral Awards. The team was nominated for going above and beyond for patients and their relatives and making sure the deceased are treated with the utmost respect and dignity.

Nursing Times Awards

Three teams from The Christie were shortlisted for the prestigious Nursing Times Awards in 2015. The nominees included our breast care nursing team for the cancer nursing award, our complementary therapy team for the HRH The Prince of Wales award for integrated approaches to care, and our systemic anti-cancer therapies in the community team, shortlisted for the nursing in the community award.

Health Investor Awards 2015

Two of our partnerships providing diagnostic services with independent sector providers - Alliance Medical and Synlab UK, won HealthInvestor Awards in their respective categories.

Best places to work 2015

The Christie was named by the Health Services Journal and NHS employers in a list of the best places to work in the NHS in 2015.

Queen’s Nurse award for Dementia Nurse Specialist Lorraine Burgess

The Christie’s Dementia Nurse Specialist, Lorraine Burgess, was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Nurse award for her work in the field of dementia nursing. A Queen's Nurse is someone who is committed to high standards of practice and patient-centred care.

Health Education North West Gold Award

In an annual assessment of the learning environment for all students and trainees at The Christie, we scored 98% and received the Gold Award.

Professor Sarah O’Dwyer & Professor Corinne Faivre-Finn

Corinne Faivre-Finn and Sarah O’Dwyer from The Christie have been promoted to Professor by the University of Manchester in recognition for their hard work and significant academic and service development contributions.

100k genome project

Together with our partners Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we become one of only 11 national sites for the 100k genome project, collecting and analysing patient tissue samples and DNA to provide personalised treatments for patients.

The Christie Quality Mark awards

Clinical teams at the Oak Road Patient Treatment Centre and the Victoria Unit at the Royal Oldham hospital became the first two cancer centres to be awarded The Christie quality mark scheme. The quality mark provides reassurance to patients that they receive the same high quality standards of care and treatment wherever they receive their chemotherapy.

Care certificate for health care support workers

Two of our healthcare support workers, Clare Bowler and Carol Harrington were amongst the first in the country to receive the care certificate for health care support workers. They were presented with their certificates by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England. Clare and Carol had both completed The Christie Care Certificate training programme which meets all 15 of the core standards of the national framework and a further six additional standards to meet the specialist needs of our cancer patients.

Endoscopy unit JAG accredited

The Christie’s surgical day case team endoscopy unit was awarded a full Joint Advisory Group (JAG) accreditation after two years of work improving endoscopy services for patients.

PET-CT scanning national contract

The Christie and its partner Alliance Medical were chosen by NHS England to provide a new PET-CT scanning services network across England to 60% of the population at 30 locations from April 2015.

Monitor's Clinical Advisory Forum

Jackie Bird, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality, was appointed to Monitor's Clinical Advisory Forum. The forum provides expert advice to Monitor’s clinical team and helps to inform policy and operational decisions.

Flu vaccinations

A record 86% of our frontline staff received the flu vaccination by the end of the national campaign in early 2015.

Our achievements in 2014 

New Year's Honours

Christie fundraiser, Christopher Seddon was awarded an MBE for services to apprenticeships and the community. His family business, The Seddon Group, has supported our charity for over a decade.

BMJ Awards 2014

Our patient safety committee was shortlisted for the Berwick Patient Safety Team Award.

Health Education North West Excellence in Learning and Development Awards 2014

Our School of Oncology won the Excellence in Learning and Development Award for its work developing excellent student placements, providing support and development for staff and an overall high quality medical education programme.

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) North West Awards 2014.

Our finance team was shortlisted for the North West Innovation Award 2014.

Patient Safety Care Awards 2014

Two teams at The Christie were shortlisted for the Cancer Care Award - our acute oncology management service, which provides the Christie hotline and our dementia team. Our dementia team was also shortlisted for the Patient Safety in Care of Older People Award.

Queen's Birthday Honours

Christie fundraiser Mark Roberts was awarded a BEM for services to cancer care after raising more than £1m for the Elise for Life fund in memory of his wife. Former Christie nurse, Anne Cawthorn received an MBE for services to nursing. Mark Wildgoose was awarded a BEM for services to the community. He helped to raise £135,000 for The Christie.

Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) Comprehensive Cancer Centre status

Our accreditation as a Comprehensive Cancer Centre by the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) was extended to March 2016.

HSJ Awards 2014

Jac Livsey (need to give her job title) was shortlisted for the Clinical Leader Award for her work improving patient outcomes across Greater Manchester.

Nursing Times Awards 2014

We were shortlisted for three awards, winning the Nurse of the Year Award with dementia clinical nurse specialist, Lorraine Burgess. Nurse clinician, Andrea Burgess was shortlisted for the Cancer Nursing Award and our clinical research nurses were shortlisted for the Clinical Research Nursing Award.

Federation of Holistic Therapists Awards 2014

Our complementary therapy team won the Excellence in Practice Award from the Federation of Holistic Therapists.

NHS North West Leadership Recognition Awards 2014

Jackie Bird, Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Nursing and Quality won the Innovator of the Year at the NHS North West Leadership Recognition Awards.

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Awards 2014

The Christie's Director of Pharmacy, Rob Duncombe, won the Working with Finance Clinician of the Year Award at the HFMA Awards for his innovative work that improves the patient experience as well as delivering savings for the NHS. His cyclical prescribing scheme has been adopted for national implementation.

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Lynne McCallum, specialist nurse at The Christie, received an award from Pancreatic Cancer UK for her work on a nurse-led audit of malignant pancreatic cancer patient care.

Ofsted 'Outstanding' rating

The Christie Day Nursery was deemed ‘outstanding’ in an Ofsted inspection. The designation reflects the nursery's exceptional standard of teaching, excellent partnership with parents and its collaborative approach in providing links that support children's learning both in the nursery and at home.

Our achievements in 2013 

Cancer Care Team of the Year

Our Peritoneal Tumour Service was awarded this recognition by the British Medical Journal group for its specialist treatment for patients with metastatic bowel cancer.

Innovation and Self-Care Award

Our complementary health and wellbeing team was awarded runner up at the College of Medicine Awards.

Health Service Journal Awards

We were shortlisted for Provider Trust of the Year and in the staff engagement category.

Green Apple Awards

We received this award for environmental best practice for our energy conservation measures such as installing energy efficient transformers and using LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.

eHealth Insider Awards

Our IT and informatics service won an award for best use of IT to promote patient safety, and for outstanding work in healthcare imaging informatics. Dr Rhidian Bramley also scooped the top prize in the first ever Chief Clinical Information Officer Award for clinical informatics leadership.

Society of Radiographers' Awards

Our CT scanning team was awarded the North West region team of the year prize at the Society of Radiographers' Awards.

Queen's New Year's Honours List

One of our longest serving nurses, Irene Budd was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year's Honours List for services to nursing.

Nursing Network Awards

Our clinical nurse specialist Tracey Coleby won this national award for a project she led involving breast medical oncology and palliative care. Tracey won the 'best multi-disciplinary team project' award for her work assessing the holistic care needs of patients with advanced breast cancer.

Our achievements in 2012 

Green Apple Awards

We were awarded a 'silver' in the health category of the Green Apple Awards, run by the Green Organisation, for environmental best practice. Our submission demonstrated The Christie's commitment to addressing sustainability across the whole of the organisation.

North West Team of the Year

Our radiography team at Salford Royal were recognised at the prestigious Society of Radiographers Awards.

Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Lifetime Achievement Awards

Our honorary oncologist Professor Nick Thatcher received the Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award at the NCRI Cancer Conference. The Excellence in Oncology Awards recognise and reward best practice in oncology management, education and patient care throughout the UK.

Professional Excellence in Financial Management

Our Director of Finance Joanne Fitzpatrick scooped this national award at the Healthcare Financial Management Association Awards. The award recognised Joanne's contribution to both the Trust's financial performance, as well as improvements in patient care.

Workforce Modernisation and Innovation Award

Our advanced practitioners/nurse clinicians in our transfusion team were nominated for this award which recognises the impact of new roles and new ways of working in healthcare. The team was nominated for being one of the first in the North West to prescribe blood products to patients.

IV Nursing Awards

The 'Walk the Walk' CALM team in our complementary therapy unit won an IV Nursing Award at The British Journal of Nursing Awards. Our department of nutrition and dietetics' enteral feeding guide was also shortlisted for an award in the nutrition category and the team was very proud to achieve third place. The guide has been very well received by patients, nursing staff and community staff, and has helped improve patient confidence relating to enteral tube care.

Advancing Healthcare Awards

Group leader for physics radiotherapy, Dr Carl Rowbottom, won the Chief Scientific Officer's Award for leadership, following 'meeting the challenge of improving access for patients to intensity modulated radiotherapy'.

Macmillan Quality Environment Mark

Our radiotherapy centre in Oldham received this prestigious award which assesses whether facilities meet the standards required by people living with cancer. Under the award, patients can expect a place that is 'welcoming and accessible to all, respects their privacy and dignity, supports their comfort and wellbeing, gives them choice and personal control, and listens to their voice'.

Library and Information Science Practitioner Research Excellence Award

Anne Webb and Riz Zafar were recognised for their work as part of a team of 15 clinical librarians in the North West Clinical Librarian Systematic Review and Evaluation Group. The members of the group were recognised by the Library and Information Science Research Coalition.

Centre of Excellence

Our haematology and transplant unit was recognised as a centre of excellence in the research, diagnosis and treatment of myelodysplasic syndromes (MDS). The team received the award from the MDS Foundation.

The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Spiers' Prize

Senior physicist William Beasley was awarded the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Spiers' Prize. This national award recognises a clinical scientist who achieved the best overall performance in the IPEM Part 1 Diploma examinations over the previous 12 month period.

Champion of the Year Award

Alex Czerwinski won the Informatics Skills Development 'Champion of the Year' Award, which recognises people who have made a significant impact in informatics skills development. Alex was nominated in recognition of his work in the development of a network of change agents to support the implementation of IT enabled change; and develop a culture of change throughout the hospital.

Student of the Year

Employment services administrator Annabelle Edwards was a finalist in the HR Student of the Year Awards 2012. Annabelle was nominated in the category 'The NHS Constitution - Delivering the Staff Pledges.'

Clinical Leader of the Year

Dr Rhidian Bramley was highly commended in the 'Clinical Leader of the Year' category at the HSJ Awards. As well as being Clinical Director of Radiology and Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at The Christie, Dr Bramley is also a clinical health informatics lead with NHS Northwest and a national lead with NHS Connecting for Health.

Our achievements in 2011 

National Staff Survey

We were ranked best in the country in the national staff survey in the Association of UK University Hospitals rankings.

Best Innovation Service Award for back to work patient pilot

A project to help Christie patients get back to work after cancer treatment or carry on working during treatment won Best Innovation Service at the national Vocational Rehabilitation Conference. We worked with Macmillan Cancer Care and Shaw Trust on the project.

Good Communication Awards winner for patient treatment centre opening

We won the Mixed Award in the Good Communications Awards for our patient treatment centre opening programme.

Independent Healthcare Award finalist for Private Patient Partnership

We were a finalist in the Public Private Partnership category of the Independent Healthcare Awards, with HCA, our private patient partners, for our joint private patients venture.

Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice finalist

We were shortlisted for the Green Apple Environmental Best Practice Award for our sustainable development and carbon reduction project.

College of Medicine's Innovation Award finalist

Our complementary therapy team was shortlisted for the College of Medicine's Innovations Award.

Shire Innovation Specialist Registrar (SpR) Fund Award

Dr Caroline Henson, our medical co-ordinator for the Macmillan late effects project won a Shire Innovation Specialist Registrar (SpR) Fund Award for her research proposal. Caroline is gathering data on patient outcomes before and after gastroenterology assessments, with the hope of supporting the development of a multi-disciplinary team to manage the gastrointestinal effects of pelvic cancer treatment.