Dr Douglas Rigg


Dr Rigg has been a GP in Keppoch Medical Practice, Possilpark, Glasgow since 2006. The practice, and the local GP Cluster, serves a highly deprived population and the practice is heavily involved in the "Deep End" movement.

He first became involved in cancer care at a "GPs at the Deep End" meeting with representatives from the Detect Cancer Early programme. This progressed into involvement with the steering group for the Scottish Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer 2014 including developing the accompanying smartphone app. Dr Rigg has recently completed a Masters Degree in Primary Care (University of Glasgow). His research project for this degree used data from the National Cancer Diagnosis Audit (NCDA) 2014 and repeated in 2016 to assess the impact of these guidelines in the GP Cluster. The Possilpark GP cluster was the only cluster to have all GP practices submit data to the NCDA where a bespoke "cluster report" was issued.

In 2018 he was appointed the Primary Care Clinical Lead for the West of Scotland Cancer Network and in 2019 Lead GP for Cancer in Greater Glasgow and Clyde but continues to work as a GP at Keppoch Medical Practice in addition

Session title

Analysing the diagnosis of cancer across Scotland - the National Cancer Diagnosis Audit

Session synopsis

The National Cancer Diagnosis Audit (NCDA) is a UK-wide audit project that seeks to enhance our understanding of patient pathways to cancer diagnosis. It is led by Cancer Research UK, in collaboration with NHS partners, Scottish government, the RCGP and Macmillan Cancer Support. In 2017, the NCDA in Scotland collected data on over 2,000 patients diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Researchers from the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh have studied the data to look at variation in the diagnosis of cancer. In this session, Prof Peter Murchie will provide an overview of the audit findings, including the impact of rurality and other factors on pathways to cancer diagnosis. And Dr Douglas Rigg, a GP from Possilpark Health Centre in Glasgow, will provide an example of how audit was used at cluster level, and how we can improve cancer referral in Scotland.