Claire O’Rourke

Managing Director
Greater Mancheser Cancer Alliance

Claire has been working in Cancer Services in Greater Manchester for over 18 years. She starting as an oncology nurse at the Christie in 2002, working with patients with complex cancer needs, having the privilege to support cancer patients and their families through their most difficult times at the end of life. 

Claire expressed an interest in improving cancer services at the Christie and worked on several transformation projects, firstly to redesign chemotherapy pathways, to review bed capacity plans and open up a day case service unit with acute oncology provision. For the next 4 years Claire was a senior operational manager at the Christie, managing palliative and psychology services, acute oncology, and critical care services, and she devised the business plan for the Maggie’s Centre. She moved to Salford Royal in 2015 to manage surgical and trauma services and gained extensive experience in cancer strategy planning and service redesign at an acute provider.

Claire has been working at Greater Manchester Cancer since 2016 alongside Professor Shackley leading the Cancer alliance on behalf of the system in GM and NHSE, Claire has developing in several roles at the alliance, before becoming the Managing Director in 2020. Claire led the cancer alliance to expand from a team of 6 to over 50 team members, from different clinical and managerial backgrounds. She also led the team through the Covid Pandemic in 2019, to ensure cancer services were prioritised and sustained over the last few difficult years for the NHS, cancer patients and staff. Claire is passionate about listening to clinical cancer experts and patients to encourage teams to always be innovative to go above and beyond to deliver outstanding care for our cancer patients.