Richard Simcock

Richard Simcock

Clinical oncology 04030421


  • Bupa Platinum consultant
  • Fee assured
  • Open Referral network
Bupa Platinum consultant
Fee assured
Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Breast


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations
  • Home chemotherapy

About me

Professor Richard Simcock has been a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Sussex Cancer Centre since 2004. Previously he had worked at the Sydney Cancer Centre, Australia and before that had completed five years of postgraduate specialist training in Oncology in London and the South East including Guys and St.Thomas', Charing Cross and Mount Vernon Hospitals. He graduated from Guys and St.Thomas' hospital in 1993.

During Covid and until recently he also provided breast cancer oncology services to Eastbourne Hospitals

In 2022 he was appointed Chief Medical Officer for Macmillan Cancer Support and now splits his time between work for the charity and clinical work.

In 2022 he was made an Honorary Clinical Professor by Brighton and Sussex Medical Schools.

He is one of the Editors of the Textbook "The ABC of Cancer Care"

Working closely with the surgical and nursing team Prof. Simcock sees and treats patients diagnosed with early or advanced breast cancer. He advises on the role of radiation, chemotherapy, hormone, biological, and experimental treatments.

Professor Simcock prescribes and supervises courses of chemotherapy delivered by the team at the Montefiore Spire, Nuffield or by home healthcare teams. In addition he prescribes, plans, and supervises radiotherapy treatment at the Genesis radiotherapy facilities in Portsmouth, Guildford and West Malling. He has organised national meetings for the British Institute of Radiology on state of the art radiotherapy techniques for breast cancer and radiology for head and neck cancer.

He is also involved in enrolling patients in trials of new therapies as well as trials of improved radiation therapies.

As well as his clinical roles Professor Simcock was a Clinical Lead for Breast Services at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust until 2014 and was Chair of the Sussex Cancer Network Breast Tumour Group. He was previously MDT lead for Head and Neck cancer.

He has been the national Chief Investigator for trials of acupuncture therapy in cancer patients and is a qualified acupuncture therapist.

Richard has worked closely with Macmillan and the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative to develop packages of care for patients after their cancer treatment (see video below). This is ongoing work to enhance care.

He previously worked with Brighton and Hove Council to develop the 'Walk Well' program to help patients recover from fatigue after cancer treatment and is a strong supporter of the work done by the 'Brighter Outlook' team at Albion in the Community who help people living with cancer rehabilitate with exercise.

He is also a Trustee of the local charity Cancervive which provides peer support to the family and friends of those with cancer.

Richard is a Medical Advisor to the Charity Mummy's Star which provides advice and support to women who have been diagnosed with a cancer during pregnancy and is a Consultant Medical Adviser to Macmillan Cancer Care.

From 2016-2019 he was the Chair of the Expert Reference Group for Cancer in the Older Person - a national group tasked with improving cancer outcomes for older people.

Professor Simcock has three children and until 2020 was a local school governor. His wife is a local GP.

He tweets regularly as @BreastDocUK

Areas of interest

Breast disease; Breast oncology; Intraoperative radiotherapy; Cancer survivorship; Menopausal symptoms

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Procedures completed

  • X0003

    Clinical supervision and planning for the delivery of chemotherapy and/or systemic anti-cancer therapy for 1-21 days - (>50)

    Spire Montefiore Hospital (>50)

  • X0004

    Clinical supervision and planning for the delivery of chemotherapy and/or systemic anti-cancer therapy for 1-28 days - (5-50)

    Spire Montefiore Hospital (5-50)

  • X0001

    Clinical supervision and planning for the delivery of chemotherapy and/or systemic anti-cancer therapy for 0-7 days - (5-50)

    Spire Montefiore Hospital (5-50)

  • X0007

    Clinical supervision of external beam radiotherapy, up to and including 15 fractions or part thereof - (5-50)

    Spire Montefiore Hospital (5-50)

  • X0005

    Clinical supervision and planning for the delivery of chemotherapy and/or systemic anti-cancer therapy for 1-56 days - (5-50)

    Spire Montefiore Hospital (5-50)

  • X6773

    Preparation for simple radiotherapy with Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) - (5-50)

    Spire Montefiore Hospital (5-50)

  • X6740

    Preparation for simple radiotherapy with imaging, dosimetry and simple calculation - (1-5)

    Spire Montefiore Hospital (1-5)

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