Well, it has been a time of sadness, change, innovation and excitement over the last few months and that just covers Chris T. Bear’s outfit changes. Here is what we have been up to recently at The Christie!

Goodbye to Mary Hill
Following 5 years at the Christie, the library team and the School of Oncology bid a fond farewell to our Library Manager- Mary Hill. Mary will be missed enormously within the network and at the Trust. She is now enjoying her retirement, spending time with family, friends and is busy planning her next adventures!


Welcome to Dan
And even before Mary had chance to leave the building, Dan Livesey joined us as the new Library Manager. Dan previously managed the library service at Greater Manchester Mental Health and he managed to work alongside Mary for two weeks, trying his hardest to absorb everything that Mary knew.



The Reality of Virtual Reality
If you hadn’t heard, we’re experimenting with VR! And if you haven’t heard about our VR project and you’re heading to HLG this year, check out Tim Jacobs’ session on Thursday 23rd July.
Tim will be sharing some of the lessons which we have learned from our adventures in the virtual world, including:

  1. The potential application of VR in oncology is really exciting! And…
  2. You need to stand far away from very excited people wearing a VR headset, especially when they swing their controllers like boxing gloves…



Randomised Coffee Trials
Our RCTs returned in November 2019 with brilliant results. We had 24 staff from across the Trust sign up for a RCT with a colleague. We received some fantastic feedback and will be holding further events in 2020.

It was lovely to chat and find out how each of us 'ended up' at the Christie and our career pathways. Also, to find out about each other’s family, interests and holidays. The whole process encourages you to communicate, engage and discover” - RCT Participant


Shared Reading
Finally, we held a Christmas shared reading group. With festive (non-alcoholic) cocktails, we got together with some of our colleagues to read some short stories.

We’ve learned a lot about shared reading recently and in May this year we will be launching a new series of shared reading sessions. Each one will focus on a different theme and will be open to staff from across the Trust.


Dan, Kath, Tim, Ingrid, Janet and Mary!
The Library and Knowledge Services Team- The Christie