Meet the RDC Team

James Dunbar

Dr James Dunbar – acute physician infectious diseases

“Too many people are being diagnosed with cancer at a late stage and have fewer treatment options, we need to focus on early detection and rapid referral to ensure those prospects are improved. The vision for the RDC is a single point of access to a diagnostic pathway for all patients with symptoms that could be cancer.”


Carole Goodchild

Carole Goodchild – RDC service improvement lead

30 years NHS experience. Background in IT, clinical governance, project management and service improvement. Enjoys working with clinical teams to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes.


Elizabeth Barrett

Dr Elizabeth Barrett – GP hospitalist

Experienced clinician working in primary care and acute hospital medicine. “There is a real need for a service which caters for the many patients who do not fit neatly into a set of referral / diagnostic criteria. Investigating these people is both vital and fascinating; it is a real privilege to be able to take an open-minded, thoughtful, thorough and general approach to their symptoms which, I hope, will offer major benefits for patients and their primary care teams.”


Chris Blackham

Chris Blackham – RDC advanced nurse practitioner

An experienced senior clinician with a clinical background in acute and ambulatory medicine, same day emergency care and associated clinical specialties. “The RDC ethos offers patients a new and exciting pathway to speedily and effectively access the clinicians and diagnostics they need to investigate their concerning symptoms. We are a dedicated team that will diligently and conscientiously work on our patients behalf throughout the entire pathway.”


Judith Curtis

Judith Curtis – RDC specialist nurse

Experienced oncology nurse with extensive knowledge of cancer, diagnostics pathways and treatment modalities. “The RDC improves the patient journey so they benefit from prompt clinical review, appropriate investigations and a diagnosis within 28 days. Supporting the patient and the GP with an aim to diagnose cancer at an early stage.”


Debbie Hall

Debbie Hall – RDC cancer care coordinator

Background in general medicine and gynaecology, with an interest in patient centred care, coordinating the patient through the diagnostic phase of the patient’s disease.


Sarah Readman

Sarah Readman – RDC cancer care coordinator

Background in dentistry and head neck cancer with an interest in supporting patients and their families through a patient’s diagnosis and cancer pathway.