These pages are designed to give student nurses an
introduction to the hospital, an overview of the clinical placement
areas and some guidance on learning resources.
We hope this general information is useful and
informative prior to commencing your placements. During orientation
to your individual ward, a more in-depth package will be given to
you, which is unique to that area.
The Christie is a specialist cancer centre
High quality diagnosis, treatment and care for patients
Education in all aspects of cancer
Training for medical, nursing and allied health professional
We have a proud 100 year history and are one of the largest
cancer treatment centres in Europe. We cover a population of 3.2
million across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, with our medical
staff also sharing their expertise with colleagues in hospitals
across the region.
Every year we register over 12,000 new patients and treat over
40,000. Because of our specialist services we provide,
approximately 20% of our patients, are referred from outside
Greater Manchester and Cheshire, and our private patients unit
provides care for people from across the world. We have
approximately 250 inpatient beds, which are intensively used, with
an average length of stay of 5 days.
We are also one of the leading centres in the UK for clinical
trials and radiotherapy research. In 2005 we established the
Manchester Cancer Research Centre in partnership with The
University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK. Through this
development, we will help put Manchester at the forefront of
As a tertiary centre our patients are referred from district
general hospitals, having already had their cancer diagnosed. Many
will have also had their first treatment, which is usually
We offer a wide range of services including
specialist surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, care and treatment
for patients with haematological malignancies, endocrine disorders
and also palliative and support care services for adults and young
people with cancer.
Although most clinical areas within the hospital care for
patients that have or have had cancer there is still excellent
opportunities for student nurses to learn, develop and practise
general nursing skills.
Approximately 2000 staff work on our site, plus over 300
volunteers. We currently train student nurses from University of
Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University on the Diploma in
Professional Studies in Nursing and BSc Nursing pathways. Requests
for 'elective' clinical placement experiences from nursing students
throughout the country are welcomed."
Our Achievements and FutureOpen
We have achieved world firsts in research
throughout our 100 year history. We received the top three star
rating for NHS organisations in 2004/05. Staff teams and
individuals have won numerous awards for services and research, and
we were shortlisted for the Health Service Journal's 'Acute
Healthcare Organisation of the Year Award 2005'.
We have a total annual turnover of around £108 million. Most of
this is from the NHS, together with funding from charitable and
research organisations. We run one of the most successful medical
charities in the country. Our charity has more than 2000
fundraisers and brings in around £9 million a year from
fundraising, donations and legacies.
As the lead cancer centre for Greater Manchester and Cheshire we
have ambitious plans to develop and improve cancer services for our
local population. These developments include a new £7 million
critical care unit at The Christie. We also want to build on our
expertise in complex cancer surgery and develop more outpatient and
day case treatments so that patients can benefit from the best
possible treatments without having to stay in hospital.
We became an NHS Foundation Trust in April 2007. As a Foundation
Trust we will be better able to listen and respond to the views of
local people and patients. We will also have the necessary
flexibility and freedom to take forward plans for the benefit of
Access a range of specialist resources, library services and
Follow the link below for information on the Education Centre
Advance your training at one of our workshops and attend
seminars hosted by our guests lecturers.