Christie's hard work for cancer patients pays off

The Christie presented with Comprehensive

Cancer Centre accreditation certificate


At last – cancer patients in Britain may be getting European-standard cancer treatment frequently mentioned by Cameron and Lansley.

Last week The Christie in Manchester became the first centre in the UK to receive the Comprehensive Cancer Centre accreditation as a stamp of excellence.

The prestigious certificate was presented to The Christie alongside four other European cancer centres at the event:

  1. IPO Porto (Portugal)
  2. IPO Coimbra (Portugal)
  3. FIVO Valencia (Spain)
  4. and The NKI-AVL Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Accreditation is awarded to specialist centres that offer a wide range of cancer treatments, undertake world-class research and provide education to the highest standards.

Medical director at The Christie, Dr Chris Harrison, received the certificate from the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) president Marco Pierotti and Wim van Harten, president elect, during the annual general assembly in Holland. Dr Harrison was elected to the OECI accreditation board in 2010, and plays a key role within the organisation.

This accreditation means The Christie joins world-leading cancer centres such as the Karolinska in Stockholm, as well as centres in Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Dr Chris Harrison, who has also been appointed to the OECI board, said; “I am delighted that the treatment, care and research delivered by The Christie, that we are so proud of, has been officially recognised at such a high standard by fellow professionals.

For those of us who write about cancer, and cringe at the arrogant way some other UK centres talk about themselves, it was delightful to read the humble way that The Christie is aspiring to be a comprehensive centre, rather than assuming it might be.   “This accreditation follows a robust external audit by our European counterparts and takes us one step closer to our vision of being a world-leading comprehensive cancer centre. It will be an honour to receive this certificate on behalf of everyone at The Christie who work tirelessly for cancer patients.”

The Organisation of European Cancer Institututes (OECI) is a partnership between around 60 leading cancer centres across Europe which set standards in cancer services across the continent. The Christie was the first NHS hospital to be voted on as a member in 2007 and the OECI accreditation programme was launched in October 2008.

Some other members centres (abbreviated names) are Jules Bourdet, Helsinki Univ., Institut Curie; Gustav Roussy; Dresden Univ.; Institut Tumore Bari; Institut Veneto;  CRO Ariano;  Ospedali Bellinzone; Erasmus Medical Centre, etc.

The Christie in Manchester treats more than 40,000 patients every year.

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