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 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.
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 achievements in 2017
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Queen’s Nurse award for Dementia Nurse Specialist Lorraine Burgess
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.
Our achievements in 2014
Health Education North West Excellence in Learning and Development Awards 2014
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.
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.
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.
Ofsted 'Outstanding' rating
Our achievements in 2013
eHealth Insider Awards
Nursing Network Awards
Our achievements in 2012
Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Lifetime Achievement Awards
Professional Excellence in Financial Management
Workforce Modernisation and Innovation Award
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.
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
The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Spiers' Prize
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.
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
Best Innovation Service Award for back to work patient pilot
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.