Background and aim

The MelaTools programme is a portfolio of studies with the overall aim of 
optimising early diagnosis of the serious skin cancer, melanoma, in the UK 
primary care. The studies investigate the use of electronic tools to help 
both patients and GPs to recognise and assess potentially suspicious 
pigmented skin lesions/moles.

Collaboration with Orion

Orion worked with The Primary Care Unit in the Department of Public Health & Primary Care to develop a custom-built database to record melanoma risk assessment data, baseline questionnaire and follow-up questionnaire data. An online screening questionnaire was developed to recruit patients visiting GP practices in the East of England to the study. An eCRF tracker was also developed for the study team to monitor recruitment and eCRF progress.

Please note, the MelaTools programme is not currently recruiting new patients.

For more information, visit the Melatools website

Chief investigator
Dr Fiona Walter
GP and Clinician Scientist

The Primary Care Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care

University of Cambridge


Lead Contact
Dr Merel Pannebakker
Research Associate – MelaTools
The Primary Care Unit – Dept of Public Health and Primary Care
University of Cambridge
Strangeways Research Laboratory
Worts’ Causeway
01223 746867

Mills K, Emery J, Lantaff R, et al Protocol for the melatools skin self-monitoring trial: a phase II randomised controlled trial of an intervention for primary care patients at higher risk of melanomaBMJ Open 2017;7:e017934. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017934