About us

The Cancer Clinical Priority is working to raise awareness of the link between tobacco, obesity and alcohol and cancer and embed improvements in general practice via the GP curriculum as well as using GP networks to promote best practice and learning, to increase the proportion of cancer cases diagnosed at an early stage. 
This project is delivered in partnership with Cancer Research UK.

Aims of the project

The project improve early diagnosis, prevention and screening of Cancer by effective use of information from research, national audits and other sources to inform and innovate cancer care in general practice.  The main purpose of this Clinical Priority Project is, through a range of educational events, resources, information, advice and influencing, to:

  • Raise awareness about the pivotal role of general practice in cancer prevention, diagnosis and care.
  • Improve the capacity and capability of general practice to ensure appropriate recognition, management and referral of patients in primary care
  • Ensure that the skill set in primary care reflects the changing landscape of both primary care and cancer, and maximise the opportunities this presents to align with the General Practice Forward View and the NHS Forward View

Key Outputs

Forthcoming work 

Recent outputs

Session at RCGPAC 18: Cancer early diagnosis


Clinical team

Dr Richard Roope

Dr Richard Roope is Clinical Champion for the Cancer Clinical Priority and a Portfolio GP working in Primary Care and Cancer Management.  Richard studied at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and The Royal London Hospital, qualifying in 1987.  He started working within cancer services in Hampshire and Wessex in 2002.   In 2014 he was appointed as the RCGP and Cancer Research UK Cancer Champion and, in 2015, as one of the Senior Clinical Advisors for Cancer Research UK, and is on their Clinical Advisory Panel. 

Richard is a member of several national steering committees, including the National Cancer Advisory Group, England’s Be Clear on Cancer Steering Group, and is currently on a NICE committee developing the Clinical Guidance Update for colorectal cancer. In 2015, he was elected to Fellowship of the RCGP for contributions to Cancer Management.  In his leisure time, he sings in a choir and enjoys long distance cycling, sometimes raising money for Cancer Research UK.  

Dr Rachael Marchant

Dr Rachael Marchant

Rachael is the Clinical Support Fellow for the RCGP and CRUK Cancer Clinical Priority. Rachael is a salaried GP in a busy training practice and is passionate about cancer. She is also the RCGP and Marie Curie Clinical Support Fellow for End of Life Care and a Macmillan GP in Southend on sea.


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