Mr Peter Acher


Pete Acher is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Southend University Hospital, a substantive post held since completing training on the South Thames registrar rotation in April 2012. As well as general and endourology, he has developed particular expertise in prostate disease. Locally he has developed an advanced prostate diagnostics service that incorporates MRI and targeted transperineal prostate biopsy: work on this has been published and presented internationally winning best poster prize at the British Association of Urological Surgeons annual meeting amongst others. He has also introduced short stay holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) leading to a reduced average hospital stay of one night (previously three) and forty per cent same day discharge. He carries out over 100 HoLEP procedures a year.

Having begun his training at Cambridge University, Mr Acher has maintained a strong academic profile having completed a PhD on the subject of prostate brachytherapy, and published thirty-thee PubMed-linked papers as well as several book chapters and other peer-reviewed articles. At present he is the Principal Investigator for several multicentre trials: CADMUS concerning ultrasound-based prostate diagnostics; TRUeNTH on the subject of patient reported outcomes after prostate surgery; and the DIAMOND study evaluating new biomarkers for the detection of prostate cancer.

He has shown his commitment to teaching by attaining a formal qualification – the postgraduate certificate of academic practice (PGCAP). He established the yearly Transition for Trainees course held in Southend and is faculty on several other national courses as well Clinical and Educational supervisor for trainees. He is tutor and supervisor for Medical Students as well as students on the Physician Associate training program at Southend. He has recently developed the Surgical Care Practitioner role within the unit with two trainees.

Mr Acher is currently co-lead for the Department of Urology and co-lead for Urology in transforming Essex-wide Urology services as part of the STP.

When time allows he enjoys playing golf, cycling and getting muddy. He lives in Brentwood with his wife, two daughters, four chickens and a cat named Bob.

I am really excited to be part of Essex Cancer Research. We have a great resource in Essex with a willing and diverse population, University support, and clinicians who are at the coal face whilst maintaining strong academic rigor. The opportunities of collaboration across the region are endless. The ECR charity is a great step forward for this.