Professor David Shackkley

Urological surgeon awarded clinical chair

Consultant Urological Surgeon David Shackley has been awarded an Honorary Clinical Chair by Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.

Professor Shackley has worked as a consultant at Salford Royal since 2005 and his main clinical interests over this time have been renal cancer and stones, medical education and healthcare management.

Since 2013, he has been the Medical Director of Greater Manchester Cancer. This is the organisation coordinating cancer care across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire, from prevention, screening, primary care through to secondary care and hospice/ palliative care. He led the development and consultation of the Greater Manchester Cancer Plan (2015-20) which is now in the delivery phase with dedicated Greater Manchester Health and Social Care transformation and other funding. He leads the team charged with delivery of the cancer plan.

From 2015 to 2018 he was the co-lead for the National Cancer Vanguard which brought Greater Manchester and London together as a 10 million catchment population to develop and test new cancer approaches before a broader roll out across NHS England. This included the development of four national best practice timed pathways in common cancers, now part of NHS planning (commissioning) guidance.

He is also the Clinical Lead at MAHSC (Manchester Academic Health Science Centre) for cancer, working with colleagues to bring research and clinical care closer together. The cancer domain of MAHSC / MCRC has contributed to the Greater Manchester team which successfully brought together the £28.5m NIHR Biomedical Research Centre programme to the region – three of the seven domains are cancer related.

He has an active role in quality improvement projects at Salford Royal and is currently the clinical lead for the development of Clinical Reference Groups across the Northern Care Alliance, an initiative designed to harmonise standards of clinical care across the group.

Previously he sat on the HAELO board (Salford’s Health and Improvement Centre), was a member of the National Urological Training Committee (SAC) 2010 to 2015, and was the Chair of the Surgical Division/ Associate Medical Director at Salford Royal (2010-2013).  He has been the Chair of the Regional Urological Training Committee, Programme Director and Career Lead for North West Urology (2007-10), and between 2006 and 2010 he was the Assistant National Director of Education for  the British Association of Urological Surgeons. He qualified from The University of Manchester in 1992.

His recent research includes several papers on centralising specialist cancer surgery services, work on reducing the use of urinary catheters in the NHS, and various urologically-related papers, mainly in oncology.