North Thames Genomic Laboratory Hub (GLH) Collaboration Shortlisted for HSJ ‘Provider collaboration of the Year’ Award

A collaboration between The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted for ‘Provider Collaboration of the Year’ in the HSJ Awards 2022.

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The collaboration, facilitated by the North Thames GLH - one of seven genomic laboratory hubs in England responsible for providing genomic and genetic testing - was established to transform standard of care diagnostics for paediatric haemato-oncology. Through an innovative testing panel and a streamlined service pathway maximising both partners’ expertise, this collaboration is improving diagnostic timelines and impacting clinical management decisions for children with blood cancer.

The teams at both The Royal Marsden and Great Ormond Street brought together scientific, clinical and research expertise supported by the North Thames GLH, and have worked incredibly hard to bring this service to patients.

Professor Michael Hubank, Head of Clinical Genomics (Research) at The Royal Marsden and part funded by the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, and Scientific Director of North Thames GLH says:

 “Paediatric haemato-oncology remains a leading cause of paediatric cancer mortality and through this collaboration we are enabling clinicians to better characterise cancers and personalise treatment. The HSJ Awards programme is allowing us to share our success and learnings, and we hope will help us ensure state-of-the-art techniques are available to the largest number of patients possible.”

The ’Provider Collaboration of the Year’ award recognises work conducted to align priorities between provider organisations, which led to greater efficiency and the development of person-centred services. This could be formally, as part of a regional or national clinical network or development of a wider hospital chain, or more informally through shared resources: the real importance is that patients derive benefit from the arrangement.

Full list of nominees for 2022 HSJ Awards.