Meet the Team
Dr Kathryn Boyd, Medical Director, Northern Ireland Cancer Network
Dr Boyd qualified in medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and trained in haematology in Belfast, Leeds and Milan. Dr Boyd was appointed Consultant Haematologist in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in 1998. As lead consultant she developed multidisciplinary teams to provide clinical haematology and anticoagulant services. She has been a core member of the myeloma, lymphoma and leukaemia MDTs and was principle investigator for lymphoma trials. She was Clinical director of laboratory services, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, from 2015 to 2019. Throughout this period she was an active member of the NI Pathology Network and NICaN.
Since June 2019 Dr Boyd has been working part time, with clinical sessions in the Southern and Belfast Trust haematology departments.
Dr Yvonne McGivern, Macmillan Primary Care Director for NICaN
Dr McGivern qualified in Medicine at Queens University Belfast in 1996. She trained in General Practice gaining membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2000 and holds diplomas in Mental Health, Child Health, Geriatric Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Asthma and COPD. Dr McGivern became a GP Partner in Dromara Surgery in 2007 and has an interest in palliative and cancer care, COPD, asthma and diabetes. Since 2010 Yvonne has also worked as a Macmillan GP Facilitator for Palliative Care, in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust . She currently liaises between primary care, secondary care and the voluntary agencies with an interest in palliative care education. She is also a GP representative on the NICaN lung cancer reference group from 2019.
Dr McGivern will act as a key liaison point with primary care, facilitating discussions on key areas of reform, providing advice on strategies for communicating with primary care and seeking to influence improvement. Yvonne will work 2 PAs per week and hopes to be able to meet with all CRGs and stakeholders over the coming months.
Naomi McCay, NICaN Network Manager
Naomi is the Network Manager, with a focus on the strategic and operational management of the managed clinical network. She is a member of the HSCB/PHA Cancer Commissioning Team. Naomi oversees all Network Programmes/Projects and has line management responsibility for all Network Team members
Paula Treanor, NICaN Clinical Network Coordinator
Paula is responsible for the coordination and business support of range of site specific Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) namely, thyroid, upper GI, melanoma & complex skin, colorectal, head & neck, gynaecological cancer and acute oncology. Paula works with each CRG to develop, agree and monitor implementation of work programmes. This work is aligned to recognised best practice guidelines and HSC strategic priorities and plan for service improvement and development across the patient pathway. Paula has worked in the health service for 13 years, initially in accountancy and audit related roles before moving to business support roles in performance management and service improvement with a focus on elective and cancer services.
Paula is currently on maternity leave. Julie McGinty is currently covering Paula’s maternity leave
Sarah Donaldson, NICaN Clinical Network Coordinator
Sarah is responsible for the coordination and business support of a range of site specific Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) namely Breast, Haematology, Brain CNS, Lung, Urology, Sarcoma and the recently amalgamated SACT/D&T group (Systemic Anti Cancer Therapies /Drugs & Therapeutics). Sarah works with clinical colleagues to develop guidelines, policies and procedures, to improve the quality of care of patients throughout their cancer journey. Sarah works with colleagues in HSCB to analyse capacity and demand for diagnostic and elective services to facilitate improvements along patient pathways and to improve survival rates for the people of Northern Ireland. Sarah has worked in the health service for 14 years, initially in the Pharmacy department in the RVH then as a Cancer MDT Co-ordinator in the Northern Trust before moving to the HSCB to take up the role as Business Support Manager in the Belfast Commissioning team with a focus on community services including the establishment of the Primary Care Talking Therapies Hub and the transformational projects in partnership with the ICP team in Belfast.
Joy Beaumont, RISOH Project Manager
Joy Beaumont is the project manager of the Regional Information System for Oncology and Haematology. This project aim is to identify and implement a regionally effective clinical information system that will among other things facilitate electronic prescribing and allow standardisation of treatment regimens. Her specific role is to lead the development and implementation of the system throughout the region within the agreed parameters using Prince2 methodology. Joy has an ICT background having worked for South Eastern Trust for many years.
Loretta Gribben, Nurse Consultant
RGN Dip Community Nursing (DN Option) BSc PGD MSc
Loretta is a Cancer Nurse Consultant working as part of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Directorate in the Public Health Agency (PHA) and as part of the NICaN Management Team within HSCB. Loretta has a strong demonstrable nursing career spanning primary and secondary care, across statutory and voluntary organisations and experience within clinical, research, teaching, managerial and leadership nursing roles. Loretta took up post in November 2016.
Loretta is also a member of HSCB Cancer Commissioning Team, working with locality based groups, Clinical Reference Groups , HSC Trusts, Cancer Charities and other key stakeholders. Loretta works through appropriate PHA nursing structures to ensure alignment and delivery of nursing matters relating to person centered cancer, palliative and end of life care.
Jenny Wilson, NICaN Administrator
Jenny joined the team in December 2018 and is responsible for all administration activities relating to the NICaN network team