Professor Peter Murchie


Peter Murchie trained in medicine at the University of Aberdeen, graduating in 1994. He completed vocational training in general practice in Northeast Scotland before embarking upon a career in academic general practice through a Cancer Research UK Primary Care Oncology Fellowship. He is currently Professor of Primary Care and lead of the Academic Primary Care Research Group, within the Division of Applied Health Sciences University of Aberdeen. He leads a research programme which uses clinical data to pursue two main aims: first to better understand the cancer diagnostic pathway within primary care, and second, to improve community-based cancer survivorship care. He maintains a foothold in daytime and out-of-hours general practice in Northeast Scotland.

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.