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Greater Manchester Surgical Cancer Hub shortlisted for COVID-19 award

January 4, 2021

The Greater Manchester Surgical Cancer Hub has been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Local Covid-19 Response Partnership Award’ at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2021.

The Greater Manchester Surgical Cancer Hub was set up by the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance in April in order to help keep vital cancer services running across Greater Manchester in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hub allows urgent life-saving cancer surgeries to take place at The Christie and Rochdale Infirmary.

Since the hub was set up more than 2,000 patients have received urgent cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic with no recorded cases of the virus being reported as a result of them presenting for treatment.

The collaboration between Rochdale Infirmary and The Christie, brings together a full complimentary cancer service treating breast, general surgery, gynaecology, plastics and urology cancers.

The service helps to ease the pressure on other acute hospital sites across Greater Manchester by offering patients a range of urgent cancers for diagnosis, treatment and surgery.

Professor Chris Harrison, Deputy Lead at the Greater Manchester Surgical Cancer Hub, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that the hub has been shortlisted for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2021 as it reflects the superb efforts across Greater Manchester to ensure cancer surgery continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year has been testing for all NHS services and the cancer hub is just a part of the wider response across the region to ensuring patients continue to receive treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’d like to thank every single member of staff involved in making the hub a reality for their commitment and this nomination shows how hard they have worked for all our patients. To set this up online in a matter of weeks is a huge achievement and to see the results come to bear is a triumph for collaboration across the whole region.”

Dave Shackley, Director of Greater Manchester Cancer, said:

“The broader cancer team and especially the Hub team have really come together in Greater Manchester (GM) since the start of COVID providing real inspiration in difficult times.

“The Hub has allowed patient cancer care to continue in a timely manner when otherwise patients would have had their treatment substantially delayed. The Hub model is now being adopted for non-cancer cases across GM, and the Hub’s success means this approach is likely to continue indefinitely. I’m delighted the team’s work has been recognised in this way.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said:

“We would like to congratulate the GM Cancer Hub on being nominated in the category of ‘Local Covid-19 Response Partnership Award’ ahead of HSJ Partnership Awards 2021.

“We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in June, to join us in recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”

The winners will be selected following a rigorous, judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2021 awards ceremony. The awards evening is expected to be attended by leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector as well as figures from non-clinical backgrounds to celebrate innovation and collaboration in healthcare.

The full list of finalists for the 2021 HSJ Partnership awards can be found on

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