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Professor Sir Mike Richards

Professor Sir Mike Richards was a hospital physician for more than 20 years. He was a consultant medical oncologist between 1986 and 1995, and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals between 1995 and 1999. In 1999 Sir Mike was appointed as the first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health. He led the development and implementation of the NHS Cancer Plan in 2000, the Cancer Reform Strategy in 2007 and Improving Outcomes: A strategy for cancer in 2011. He became the Care Quality Commission’s first Chief Inspector of Hospitals in July 2013 and led the development and implementation of a new approach to hospital inspection. He led two major reviews for NHS England: A review of adult screening services (published 2019) and a review of diagnostic services (published October 2020). In April 2022 Sir Mike was appointed as Chair of the UK National Screening Committee.

Engaging with industry gives fascinating insight into potential of multi-condition tests for screening

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Twelve companies from around the world attended a UK National Screening Committee virtual event to share information on the development of multi-cancer early detection tests and how these tests might eventually lead to exciting developments in the UK’s cancer screening programmes.