Tributes have been paid from across Manchester’s cancer care sectors to MCIP governance board member Jonathan Lewis, who devoted the final months of his life to working on the partnership.
Jonathan, 52, died peacefully at his central Manchester apartment 18 months after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
Linda Hill, Macmillan User Involvement Coordinator, who recruited Jonathan to MCIP, said: “Jonathan’s contribution to helping forge fruitful relationships with the collection of large and complex institutions involved in this partnership was immense.
“He had the ability to communicate with people at every level and understood the complexities of the task, but his great success was in always bringing the focus of this partnership back to where it should be – and that is on putting the needs and wants of people with cancer first.
“What was not always apparent was the huge personal sacrifice that Jonathan made in devoting the remaining time of his life to MCIP. He prioritised MCIP and we at Macmillan and all the partners involved are incredibly grateful to him for that.”
South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Officer Caroline Kurzeja said: “It was our great privilege to work with Jonathan on MCIP. We all know that the success of this partnership is deeply rooted in its involvement of people affected by cancer.
“Jonathan instinctively understood our challenges and had the vision and considerable geniality to help us through any inevitable sticking points. He will continue to inspire and influence all of us within MCIP.”
Nina Jackson, Macmillan Cancer Voice, who worked alongside Jonathan on MCIP said: “The first thing that struck me about Jonathan was how perfectly his orange tie and socks matched! It didn’t take long to realise there was a lot more to Jonathan than his dress sense.
“I admired him and the way he was so open, encouraging and determined to make sure the patient’s voice was heard and listened to. As a person also affected by cancer I am very grateful to him for all the hard work he put into MCIP and am very hopeful that he has helped improve cancer services for us all.
Macmillan confirmed just weeks before Jonathan’s death that he was to be honoured with an outstanding recognition award for volunteers affected by cancer for his work on MCIP.
Bill Lewis, Jonathan’s father has agreed to be presented with the award at the MCIP launch at Manchester Town Hall on June 26.