Christie International, the consultancy arm of specialist cancer hospital The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, has signed a deal offering its expertise to a Chinese company.

And the world-renowned cancer centre strengthened its foothold in China after sending a number of senior clinicians to a prestigious international congress there.

Christie International offers a range of services to commercial partners and raises funds that are then invested in care for Christie patients.

It is working in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council to supply expertise to the Rongqiao Group in China. The contract has been signed for the first phase of what is planned to be a long-term collaboration which will generate significant revenue to be reinvested in patient care.

Rongqiao is a family-owned developer with experience mainly in the residential, hotel and education sectors. They are working on a number of social projects intended to improve access to high-quality education and healthcare in the eastern province of Fujian.

They are also moving into healthcare and have sought the help of UK organisations as part of their plans to build a general hospital in Fuzhou, the province’s capital. The hospital will have the full range of services, including a state-of-the-art oncology centre, and have a focus on rehabilitation and on research and education.

Roger Spencer, chief executive of The Christie, said: “The Christie is delighted to be involved in this exciting development and is fully committed to working in partnership with Rongqiao to establish world-leading cancer services in Fuzhou.

“As an international comprehensive cancer centre, our ambition is to be the partner of choice in offering specialist cancer expertise to support the development of the highest quality cancer care in China.”

Meanwhile, three senior clinicians from The Christie recently took part in the prestigious UK China Oncology Congress in Beijing. Professor Chris Harrison, Executive Medical Director at The Christie and National Clinical Director for Cancer at NHS England, delivered the keynote speech and discussed England’s national cancer strategy (below). He also oversaw the cutting of an NHS 70th birthday cake at a ceremony attended by the British ambassador.

Prof Rob Bristow, Chief Academic Officer at The Christie and Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, delivered the keynote speech on the second day of the congress, discussed clinical trials in oncology and held talks with potential research partners. Prof Peter Trainer, Clinical Lead of Christie International, set out its consultancy services to potential Chinese partners.

Last updated: June 2019