Cancer collaboration in GM

Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer network

Prior to the reorganisation of the NHS through the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the work to improve cancer services in the region was led by the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network.


Manchester Cancer

Manchester Cancer was a provider-led endeavour that ran from 2013 to October 2016. It was overseen by a group called the Provider Board. This group was made up of the chief executive officers of all 10 NHS hospital trusts in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire.

The members signed up to a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the role of the Provider Board and the principles of its operation. There was patient representative on the Provider Board and its meetings were also regularly attended by colleagues from NHS England, local commissioning, and the Greater Manchester Strategic Clinical Network.

The Manchester Cancer Provider Board dated back to a Greater Manchester Cancer Summit that took place in September 2012 and at which it was agreed that whole-system change was necessary to achieve world‐class cancer outcomes.

It was agreed by Greater Manchester’s NHS that a new unified provider board should be formed to be responsible for providing single integrated pathways of care across organisational boundaries so that patients from across Greater Manchester and East Cheshire receive the same high quality service, wherever they live.

Manchester Cancer Provider Board annual reports


Greater Manchester Cancer Commissioning Board

Between 2014 and October 2016, NHS Trafford CCG, the lead Clinical Commissioning Group for cancer services in Greater Manchester, led the Greater Manchester Cancer Commissioning Board. This board brought together local commissioners with those responsible for:

  • Specialised commissioning (NHS England);
  • Public health commissioning (the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership) and delivery (local authorities); and
  • National cancer screening (the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership).