More than 120 staff at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester were recognised for their hard work as part of the specialist cancer centre’s annual staff celebration.

The ceremony celebrated both team and individual successes, efforts and accomplishments over the past year from across the organisation.

The event recognised staff who were nominated in 13 categories across The Christie, including research and education.

Staff were asked to put forward nominations for individuals who had gone above and beyond to help patients. The awards are an important opportunity to recognise the commitment, dedication and care of staff in delivering an outstanding service.

The event began with a film highlighting the achievements and milestones from the last 12 months. The Christie’s Chief Executive Roger Spencer and Chair Christine Outram hosted the evening and announced the winners.

Some of those recognised at the ceremony included the lung cancer research team which won Research Team of the Year. It recruited 300 patients onto trials and achieved a number of UK and global study successes which resulted in a new drug treatment becoming a reality for lung cancer patients.

Professor Juan Valle, from Wilmslow, an expert in the field of pancreatic and hepatobiliary (liver and gall bladder) cancers, was awarded Researcher of the Year. Prof Valle has led the way in delivering vital research and has been the driving force behind more than 100 national and international clinical trials to date which have had a profound impact on patients.

Professor Juan Valle

Service transformation manager Amy Newbery, from Chorlton, was named Rising Star for her ‘hugely positive’ impact across the organisation to improve patients’ outcomes and experience by ‘living and breathing the Trust’s values and behaviours’.

The Gateway-C team, which as part of Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard Innovation based at The Christie developed and delivered an online learning platform that helps GPs in the region detect cancer symptoms, picked up the award for Education Initiative with an impact on patients, regionally, nationally and internationally.

And the Behind the Scenes award for non-clinical staff went to corporate finance manager Rebecca Cusick, from Bolton, for continually building strong relationships with colleagues.

Rebecca Cusick

Commenting on the event, Roger Spencer said: “We are incredibly proud to recognise the hard work of so many of our staff. The dedication and passion each and every one of them demonstrates in their work at The Christie is vital in helping us to continually improve our services for cancer patients.”

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked ‘Outstanding’ by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission which referred to it as ‘exceptional’ and ‘a leader in its field’. It commended the Trust not only for its effectiveness and care, but highlighted its work in shaping the future of cancer care and noted the reach and influence of its clinical research projects.