Meet Richard and find out how he leads Macmillan’s team of clinical experts to put best practice in cancer care at the heart of Macmillan’s work.
Alongside Chief Nursing Office, Claire Taylor, Richard leads Macmillan’s Centre of Clinical Expertise (CoCE). Richard wants to ensure that Macmillan is able to rely on high quality clinical insight to inform and improve the delivery of cancer care now and in the future.
Richard Simcock first joined Macmillan Cancer Support as a National Clinical Advisor in 2014 and was appointed Chief Medical Officer in 2022. In his role, Richard co-leads the organisation’s Centre of Clinical Expertise, which is responsible for connecting with healthcare professionals delivering cancer care and gathering clinical insight to support the charity’s work.
Career and credentials
Richard is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, where he provides clinical care to people with breast cancer. Having initially trained in palliative medicine, Richard switched to oncology and completed five years of post-graduate cancer specialist training in London and the South East, followed by a fellowship at the Sydney Cancer Centre in Australia.
Richard is also an Honorary Professor at Brighton and Sussex Medical Schools, a regular contributor to journals and textbooks, a Co-Editor of the ‘ABC of Cancer Care’ and an Associate Editor at BMJ Oncology.
Richard is particularly interested in innovation in cancer care, patient communication and shared decision-making, personalised medicine and multidisciplinary working. Richard is active on X (formerly Twitter) - @BreastDocUK - and posts about cancer and cancer care, especially with regards to breast cancer.
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