Lung Cancer

Dr Beckett and Dr Doffman’s appointments are endorsed by the British Thoracic Society, Dr Toy’s appointment is endorsed by The Royal College of Radiologists.

You can read more about their appointment here.

The project manager for this workstream is Caroline Ager ([email protected])

Clinical Lead, Dr Paul Beckett

Respiratory physician at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton

Dr Beckett is consultant respiratory physician at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. He has been a clinical lead for the National Lung Cancer Audit for more than 10 years, and through this has published a number of research papers on lung cancer epidemiology.

He has served as a member of the British Thoracic Oncology Group steering group and as chair of the British Thoracic Society Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Specialist Advisory Group. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians Quality Improvement Faculty, combining both theoretical and practical experience in delivering service improvement.

Clinical Lead, Dr Sarah Doffman

Respiratory physician at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

Dr Doffman qualified from Glasgow Medical School before moving to London for her respiratory training, carrying out research into the diagnosis of invasive fungal disease in immunocompromised patients.

In 2008, she was appointed as a respiratory physician at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals. She led the lung cancer service until 2016 and was the Chair of Sussex Cancer Network Lung Tumour group from 2010-2013. Between 2014 and 2019, she held a number of senior leadership roles, including clinical director and subsequently chief of service for medicine.

She has led a number of successful initiatives and service developments within the lung cancer service and across the medicine division.

Clinical Lead, Dr Elizabeth Toy

Consultant clinical oncologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation NHS Trust

Dr Toy is a consultant clinical oncologist based at the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation NHS Trust, where until recently she was clinical director for cancer and end of life care.

Her primary clinical interests are in patients with lung and upper gastrointestinal cancers. Following oncology training in Wales and Vancouver she was appointed to the Exeter Oncology Centre in 2001.

Currently she serves on the National Lung Cancer Expert Reference Group and has previously been a member of the Chemotherapy Clinical Reference Group.


Specialist lung cancer nurses: Victoria Anderson and Monica Hugh


Project manager: Caroline Ager