The Christie is in the running to win a record four awards at the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards to be held on 18th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Manchester's world leading cancer centre has been shortlisted for awards in the Compassionate Patient Care, Specialised Services Redesign, Staff Engagement and Rising Star categories at this year's HSJ Awards.

Roger Spencer, Chief Executive of The Christie, said: "We are thrilled that the work we do at The Christie has been recognised nationally as being innovative and pioneering. We strive to deliver exceptional patient care and treatment outcomes. Being shortlisted for four HSJ Awards this year shows that our passion to improve cancer services is held in high esteem nationally."

The Christie's exemplary work in driving up standards and delivering compassionate care through the introduction of a Christie Quality Mark has been recognised by the judges in the Compassionate Patient Care award category. The Christie Quality Mark guarantees that patients can expect the same high standards of patient safety and quality care no matter where they are treated.

In the Specialised Services Redesign award category, The Christie's recent efforts to deliver chemotherapy treatment closer to patients' homes have been acknowledged. Last year, 33,000 patient treatments were provided through a network of 12 local sites throughout Greater Manchester and South Cheshire, ensuring that more than 80% of eligible patients now receive their chemotherapy closer to home. The redesign of the service has also resulted in shorter waiting times for cancer treatment and increased patient satisfaction.

Lung cancer consultant Dr Neil Bayman, from Didsbury, is celebrating being shortlisted in the Rising Star category of the awards. In just six years, since being appointed consultant clinical oncologist at The Christie, Dr Bayman has demonstrated strong leadership to introduce innovative, results driven solutions to drive up standards and improve outcomes, safety and experience for lung cancer patients throughout Greater Manchester.

The final category in which the Trust has been shortlisted is Staff Engagement. Christie staff are committed to patient care and the Trust supports staff to be the best they can be. A key part of The Christie's success has been the work of the Christie Commitment Champions who have been involved in promoting and supporting staff engagement at the Trust and within departments. The champions represent all staff groups and departments providing feedback and ideas from staff to drive further improvements in patient and staff experience.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards is the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.

The awards give national recognition to the projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation. By shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and best practice, the awards give impetus to improving the quality of health care in the UK.

This year, more than 600 unique organisations submitted over 1600 entries for the HSJ Awards. Shortlisted organisations such as The Christie will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector including:

  • Rob Webster, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation
  • Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety, NHS England
  • Ursula Ward, CEO, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust
  • David Haslam, Chair, NICE
  • Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, MacMillan Cancer Support
  • Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Gill Morgan, Chair, Foundation Trust Network

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, concluded:"The NHS is experiencing one of the toughest periods in its 67 year history, with demand and expectation rising and funding in short supply. The fact that the HSJ Awards has seen the biggest ever increase in entries shows the service remains undaunted in its mission to provide world beating patient care."

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