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Moondance unveils shortlist for Wales’ first cancer awards

Individuals and teams across Wales have been recognised for their achievements and innovations in cancer services over the last two years with the announcement of the shortlist for the Moondance Cancer Awards.

Moondance Cancer Initiative exists to find, fund and fuel brilliant people and brave ideas to make Wales a world leader in cancer survival. The awards aim to celebrate and spotlight people across NHS Wales and its partners who have maintained and innovated cancer services despite the extraordinary circumstances of the last two years.

A total of 125 nominations were received, which have been shortlisted down to 62 organisations, teams and individuals across 11 categories including response to Covid-19, better patient experience and innovation in early detection and diagnosis.

Finalists include teams and leaders from all health boards, Cardiff University, Wales Cancer Bank, Olympus Medical, Wales Cancer Network, Cancer Research UK and CanSense.

The awards will be held on Thursday 16th June at Depot, Cardiff, hosted by BBC presenter and Welsh favourite, Jason Mohammed.

The shortlisted finalists for each category are:

Response to Covid

  • Covid cancer analysis, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and surveillance unit
  • Protective elective surgery, Cardiff & Vale UHB
  • Covid 19 vaccine and cancer study, Cardiff University, Velindre, Wales Cancer Bank
  • Breast Unit, Aneurin Bevan UHB
  • Lung Cancer Team, Aneurin Bevan UHB
  • Cancer during Covid dashboard, NHS Wales Delivery Unit
  • Head and neck cancer services, Hywel Dda UHB

Working Together

  • Rapid Diagnosis Clinic, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB
  • All Wales PET Advisory Group, Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) & others
  • Myeloma dashboard, Digital Health and Care Wales, Cardiff & Vale UHB, Value in health centre
  • Community of practice – Macmillan Primary Care Cancer Framework
  • South Wales lung cancer collaboration, Swansea Bay UHB & Cardiff & Vale UHB
  • Improving the Cancer Journey Programme, Powys THB

Better Patient Experience

  • Macmillan welfare benefits advice team, Velindre
  • Multi-disciplinary prehabilitation, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB
  • Ten top tips team, Wales Cancer Network, Public Health Wales, Swansea Bay UHB
  • Primary care led cancer health optimisation, Cardiff & Vale UHB & Swansea Bay UHB
  • Cancer & information support service, Macmillan West Wales
  • Macmillan welfare rights team, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB
  • Tenovus Cancer Care

Public awareness and engagement

  • Cancer Awareness Campaign Group, Cancer Research Wales, Wales Cancer Network & Cancer Research UK
  • Cancer Attitudes and Beliefs Study, Cardiff University & Cancer Research UK
  • Prostate Cymru
  • Cancer Patient Experience Survey, Wales Cancer Network
  • Bowel Cancer UK 

Pioneering Innovation

Innovation in early detection and diagnosis

  • The SYMPLIFY study, Swansea Bay UHB, Velindre CC & HCRW
  • Rapid chest X-ray pathway for lung cancer, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB
  • Head & neck cancer team, Swansea Bay UHB
  • WICKED/THINK CANCER, North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research
  • CAN10 radiology pathway, Cardiff & Vale UHB
  • Rapid Diagnosis Centre, Swansea Bay UHB

Innovation in treatment

  • All Wales Genomics Oncology Group, All Wales Medical Genomics Services#
  • Virtual Assessment Patient pathway, Velindre
  • Trans-oral robotic surgery, Cardiff & Vale UHB
  • Haematology trials, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB
  • TacTiCC, Cardiff University
  • MUO pathway, Swansea Bay UHB

Innovation: Independent Sector

  • Transnasal endoscopy, Olympus Medical, Cardiff & Vale UHB, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB
  • CanSense
  • Clinical coordination centre, Marie Curie Nursing Service Wales
  • City Hospice

Innovation: Workforce

  • All Wales Paediatric Cancer Predisposition Clinic
  • All Wales Ovarian Cancer Planning Project
  • Workforce leadership,Dr Mick Button (Velindre)
  • Acute oncology ANP workforce resilience framework, Velindre

Emerging Leaders

Management and Administration

  • Claire Salisbury, Assistant Director of Procurement Services, Cardiff & Vale UHB
  • Dr Rachel Gemine, Deputy Head of TriTech Institute, Hywel Dda UHB
  • Michael Stone, Costing Accountant, Velindre
  • Anthony Davies, Senior Policy Manager for Major Health Conditions, Welsh Government
  • Helen Gray, Rapid Diagnosis Centre Coordination Manager, Swansea Bay UHB

Non-Medical & Nursing

  • Lucy Wills, Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Healthcare Scientist, Velindre
  • Mr James Peaker, Consultant Biomedical Scientist in Gastrointestinal Pathology, Cardiff & Vale UHB
  • Michelle Worwood, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Aneurin Bevan UHB
  • Maria Lewis, Nurse Practitioner, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB
  • Bernadette Tenorio, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Aneurin Bevan UUB
  • Jackie Pottle, Macmillan AHP Lead,Betsi Cadwaladr UHB


  • Dr Hasan Haboubi, Consultant Gastroenterologist,Cardiff & Vale UHB
  • Sinan Eccles, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB
  • Zoe Barber, Consultant Breast Surgeon,Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB
  • Dr Muhammad Aslam, Consultant Pathologist,Betsi Cadwaladr UHB
  • Dr Mohid Shakil Khan, Consultant Gastroenterologist,Cardiff & Vale UHB
  • Mr Sohail Moosa, Consultant Urologist,Hywel Dda UHB

Commenting on the Moondance Cancer Awards, Dr Megan Mathias, Chief Executive of Moondance Cancer Initiative said: “In hosting these awards, we want to thank the people who work tirelessly across all stages of cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment pathways while inspiring tomorrow’s solutions for survival.   These awards really showcase that improvement is both possible and is happening across Wales’ cancer services

“Finding the joy in work is vitally important to achieving our shared goal of a Wales where more people survive cancer. We hope this night of celebration will help to rekindle that sense of joy, acknowledge the achievements of the past, and look forward to the extraordinary ones yet to come.”