Professor Richard Neal

Professor Richard Neal


I am Professor of Primary Care Oncology at the University of Leeds. I work one day a week as a GP at Hawthorn Surgery in Lower Wortley.

My current portfolio includes:

Leading the Leeds Hub of the CanTest Collaborative funded by a CRUK Catalyst Population Health Award

Leading the Leeds Hub of the DHSE Policy Research Unit for Cancer Screening Awareness and Early Diagnosis

The Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial (Yorkshire Cancer Research)

WICKED (Wales Interventions andCancer Knowledge about Early Diagnosis) (Cancer Research Wales)

Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of the interface between cancer and primary care/general practice

Most of my work focuses on diagnostics (including the interpretation of symptoms and the use of tests). However, I am also interested in cancer awareness, screening, and living with and beyond cancer. I am also interested in the application of cancer diagnostics and treatment in low-resource settings.

I currently have seven PhD students either as primary or secondary supervisors. The broad topics that these students are working in are:

  • How smoking affects help-seeking for potential lung cancer symptoms
  • Lay referral in cancer
  • Intermittent versus continuous anti-androgen therapy in prostate cancer
  • Development of a risk assessment tool for head and neck cancer
  • Point of care tests for cancer in general practice
  • Use of imaging for suspected lung cancer
  • Patient decision aids in lung cancer screening


  • PhD
  • FHEA
  • MBChB

Professional memberships

  • Cancer and Primary Care International Research Group
  • NCRI Primary Care Clinical Studies Group (Chair)
  • RCGP Scientific Foundation Board
  • BMA
  • Society for Academic Primary Care

Student education

Supervisor, ESREP

Supervisor PhDs

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Primary care
  • Primary Care Oncology

Current postgraduate researchers

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