Awards and accolades

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 2021/22

The Christie has been awarded the prestigious Platinum accreditation by Transport for Greater Manchester for our work in supporting ‘on foot’ and ‘by bike’ travel and using electric vehicles. The Christie is one of only a few organisations to reach the new Platinum standard in creating a long-term cultural change by encouraging sustainable travel. 

The Trust has once again received accreditation from the Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy from the Royal College of Physicians.

  • The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has created new excellence awards to recognise and celebrate individual contributions to the RCR’s COVID-19 response. Congratulations to consultant Ganesh Radhakrishna who was awarded a COVID-19 Outstanding Contribution Award for contributing huge amounts of time and making rapid decisions allowing the RCR to provide continued high-quality online professional development support in an uncertain environment. 

  • We were delighted to be shortlisted in 3 award categories at this year’s Nursing Times Awards. The chemotherapy team was shortlisted twice, in the ‘Cancer Nursing’ and ‘Nursing in the Community’ categories, and we were also shortlisted for the ‘Empowering nurses to enable digital improvement’ award.

In the RCNi Awards, our research nursing team was a finalist in the ‘Excellence in cancer research nursing’ category.

Colleagues from radiotherapy education, the proton beam therapy service and the digital team won the Creative Provision of Practice Placements award in the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (CAHPO) Awards 2021. The team won the award for the ‘creative provision of placements’.

The winning project involved redesigning clinical practice placements for trainee radiographers learning about proton beam therapy.

Congratulations to Christie staff who were amongst more than 115 people nationally to have won the ‘cancer team of the year' at the BMJ awards. The project aimed to create, for the first time, a standardised informed consent process and forms for radiotherapy patients. The RCR brought together clinical oncology consultants, trainees, radiographers, nurses, patients, lawyers and risk communication experts.

The team in MRI scanning was one of 5 finalists in the BMJ awards for its work to streamline MRI scanning during the pandemic. The team was noted in the Diagnostic Team of the Year category for using accelerated protocols which negated the need to outsource our scanning as other Trusts had done, managing to recover from the pandemic more quickly than most Trusts in the UK.

Congratulations to the complementary health and wellbeing team who won an award for the staff service they provide supporting colleagues during the pandemic. The team was named as winners in the mental health category in the Complementary Therapy Awards 2022.

Dr Heather Williams, consultant medical physicist for nuclear medicine received an MBE from the Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester at a ceremony in December 2021. Dr Williams was awarded the honour for services to diversity and inclusion in science.

Clinical scientist Rob Chuter was successful in winning a £10,000 grant from the North West Greener NHS Innovation Fund to examine the carbon footprint of radiotherapy treatments for patients.

Our achievements in 2020

Congratulations to Professor Tim Illidge who has been awarded the Skegg medal by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR). Tim gave the medal lecture at Central Westminster Hall at the RCR graduation in front of a large audience.

Tim has previously received the RCR gold medal. This is the highest honour the college endows for outstanding contribution. 

At the annual Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards in November, the Experimental Cancer Medicine Team received the Research Team of the Year award. As well as this, the Early Career Researcher of the Year award went to Haematology TYA clinical nurse specialist, Kate Law. 

Greater Manchester Research Education Team - a collaboration between The Christie, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust was also a runner up for the Outstanding Contribution award. 

More than 200 nominations were received across Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and East Lancashire. In 13 awards categories there were submissions from all 14 of the Greater Manchester trusts, primary care, academia and other local partners. The ceremony took place following a record year for CRN GM in which 82,896 participants were recruited across 1,052 research studies. This made Greater Manchester the third highest recruiting CRN in England and the highest recruiting based on recruitment per 1,000 population (28.2 per 1,000).

Congratulations to The Christie at Oldham, winners of the Rotary of Oldham’s community shield for services to the community.

Congratulations to consultant endocrinologist Claire Higham who has been awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Academic Research Partnerships (CARP) fellowship.

CARP is for NHS consultants with a PhD, MD or equivalent higher research degree but who are not currently research active. It allows these consultants to participate in collaborative, high-quality research partnerships with established biomedical researchers.

Professor John Radford has become president of Lymphoma Action, having had a long standing association with the charity. He’s narrated videos, spoken at patient conferences, reviewed their information resources and been a long-term member of their Medical Advisory Panel, which he will now chair in his new role.

Professor Radford's team at The Christie already work closely with Lymphoma Action, speaking at events and advising on forthcoming clinical trials.

The International Association for the study of Lung Cancer selected Professor Corinne Faivre-Finn as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 James D. Cox Lectureship Award for Radiation Oncology in recognition of her long-standing work in the field of radiation oncology. The IASLC gave the award to Corinne for her extensive contributions in the lung cancer arena. She accepted the award and gave a lecture at the Word Conference on Lung Cancer in Barcelona.

The children and staff at The Christie Day Nursery are very proud to have received the Bronze Award from Eco-Schools to recognise their achievement in working towards a sustainable lifestyle.

The Eco-Schools Green Flag is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning. You can work up to Green Flag level by achieving Bronze and Silver awards which are self-accredited stepping stones along the way.

The nursery now has an eco-committee of staff, children and parents called the Little Planet Savers.

Sharon Woolley and her team of research nurses were runners up in this year’s RCNi Nurse Awards 2020. They were one of only 61 entries shortlisted out of nearly 700 contenders.

Sharon’s team was a finalist in the Excellence in Cancer Research Nursing award for their entry ‘Supporting the educational needs of clinical research staff in Greater Manchester’.

Well done to all!

Two of The Christie’s digital services team beat hundreds of competitors to make it onto the shortlist for the coveted Women in Tech Excellence Awards this year.

Tiegan Price and Nicola Warburton beat off a record number of nominations for the awards run by one of the industry’s leading publications, Computing. Tiegan was shortlisted as the Rising Star of the Year: Public Sector and Universities category. Tiegan’s manager, Nicola Warburton, head of product, was shortlisted in the Team Leader of the Year: SME category for the awards.

Congratulations to Lorraine Burgess, our dementia consultant Nurse who was a finalist in the National Dementia Awards 2020 in the category of Best Dementia Practitioner.

Dr Heather Williams, consultant medical physicist for nuclear medicine at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded an MBE for services to diversity and inclusion in science.

In 2012 Dr Williams established Science Grrl, a grassroots national network to celebrate and support women in science. Today she acts as one of two directors of the not-for-profit group, overseeing a range of national activities, co-ordinating the website and organising regular events across the UK.

For her work Dr Williams was made an alumni laureate by the University of Nottingham in 2015, and in 2017 she was awarded the Institute of Physics (IOP) Phillips Award for distinguished service to the IOP through the Women in Physics Group. Dr Williams is also the former secretary and chair of the IOP's Women in Physics group committee.

Congratulations to Professor Fiona Blackhall who has received the 2020 Heine H. Hansen Award, which is jointly bestowed by ESMO and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). The award, which recognises an individual’s personal contribution to lung cancer research pays tribute to Professor Hansen, a thoracic oncology specialist.

Our achievements in 2019

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 risk of acute kidney injury during treatment.

Our achievements in 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. An effective recruitment and retention plan that complements the overall workforce plan and the Trust business plans is essential.

The Christie’s Recruitment and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.’

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Last updated: March 2022