The Christie, first established on 26th November 1901, is now the largest single-site cancer centre in Europe, treating more than 40,000 patients a year. We were the first UK centre to be officially accredited as a comprehensive cancer centre, providing radiotherapy, chemotherapy, highly specialist surgery and a wide range of diagnostic and support services. Based in Manchester, UK we serve a population of 3.2 million people.
We have 2,500 staff, 400 volunteers and 20,000 public members. We have one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world, and our chemotherapy unit is the largest in the UK. Our main hospital site has 8 inpatient wards which provide a total of 160 beds. We provide both shared and single accommodation. Our patients have access to the full range of diagnostic and support services, including radiology, pathology, specialist palliative care, psycho-oncology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapy, dietetics, speech and language therapy and chaplaincy. Our on site walk-in cancer information centre offers counselling and support to patients and their families.
We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. Our clinical trials unit is the largest early phase trials unit in the world, with around 200 trials ongoing at any one time. We have a dedicated education and training unit, The Christie School of Oncology, which provides undergraduate education, clinical professional and medical education and is the first of its kind in the UK.
Our main cancer specialities include clinical and medical oncology, surgical oncology, endocrinology, palliative medicine and psycho-oncology.
- radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world, both on our main site in South Manchester and via The Christie radiotherapy centres in Oldham and Salford
- chemotherapy in the largest chemotherapy unit in the UK on our main site, with 17% provided locally via other hospitals as well as offering breast cancer drug Herceptin at home
- highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancers - we are a national centre for treatment of Pseudomyxoma.
Palliative and supportive care
The Christie Palliative Care Support Team (PCST) consists of a team of physicians and specialist nurses, including a nurse consultant in palliative care. The PCST provides specialist palliative care to hospital inpatients, as well as a new ‘one-stop’ out patient service, known as the ‘pain and symptom clinic’. This is a joint venture between specialist palliative care, the hospital pain team and complementary therapies. It ensures the best possible treatment of difficult pain and symptoms to enable patients with advanced disease to live as fully as possible.
Our two consultants in palliative medicine are Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and both are members of the college joint speciality committee, advising on national policies and initiatives. They are active in research and education - the team have recently been awarded a financial grant to build the current research programme for palliative medicine and have previously secured grants for education. Our clinical nurse specialists are all registered nurses (RGN) with qualifications in caring for dying patients and families / teaching and assessing in clinical practice. Many of our team are non-medical prescribers.