Roger Spencer, Chief Executive from The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, attended a special reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

Roger joined more than 100 other NHS and care staff at the event. They were also joined by patients and patient representatives.

The Christie along with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of 50 'vanguards' helping to deliver the Five Year Forward View, the vision for the future of the NHS.

The three organisations will work together to develop plans for implementing Accountable Clinical Networks for Cancer, capable of being reproduced nationally. This is the only cancer vanguard in the UK.

Vanguards are leading on developing new care models that will act as blueprints for the future of the health and care system across the country.

The aim is to make health, care and support services more accessible, more responsive (less waiting time for patients) and more effective. Care will be better coordinated and closer to home.

They are also looking to offer one point of call for family doctors, community nurses, social and mental health services.

In addition, they are joining up the often confusing array of A&E, GP out of hours, minor injuries clinics, ambulance services and 111 so that patients know where they can get urgent help easily and effectively, seven days a week.

The Christie has been chosen as a project leader for the establishment of a single system provider for Greater Manchester cancer services.

Working in close alliance with partners including Manchester Cancer and Greater Manchester Provider Board (a collaboration of expert clinicians from the 10 acute trusts in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire that provide cancer care), Trafford CCG, Devolution Manchester and Healthier Together, the aim is to improve clinical outcomes and the patient experience for Greater Manchester by establishing a single cohesive system provider for cancer services.

Prime Minister, David Cameron said: "I wanted to get you together to say a really big thank you, because I'm very proud of our NHS, I'm passionate about our NHS - as this whole Government is - we want it to be a real exemplar around the world.

"The agendas you're pursuing of better service for patients, integrating care in different pathways, making sure we make the most of science and innovation, that's the way - combined with the money - to have an NHS we can be even more proud of in five years' time and that's what I'm standing here trying to do for our country. So thank you."

Samantha Jones, Director - New Care Models Programme, said: "The new care model vanguards are helping to shape the future of health and care services across England. The team from Greater Manchester are playing a vital role, implementing new ways of working which will improve the care patients and their families receive.

"This event is just one of many ways we are celebrating their important work and sharing their plans with other people across the wider health and care services".

Roger Spencer, Chief Executive at The Christie, said: "By combining our knowledge, expertise and capabilities in Greater Manchester, we are confident we can create a cancer network that gives patients earlier diagnosis and reduces the variations in the quality, efficiency and cost of care."

The NHS Five Year Forward View is a partnership between NHS England, Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Health Educational England, Public Health England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.