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.
Macmillan Primary Care Director for NICaN (vacant)
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 SPPG (DoH)/PHA Cancer Commissioning Team. Naomi oversees all Network Programmes/Projects and has line management responsibility for all Network Team members
NICaN Clinical Network Coordinator (currently vacant)
Pippa McIlduff, NICaN Clinical Network Coordinator
Pippa is responsible for the coordination and business support of range of site specific Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) namely, breast, colorectal and gynaecological cancer. Pippa 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.
Pippa qualified as a State Registered Physiotherapist in 2000. She worked extensively in all aspects of this field before specialising in Older Peoples Services. She joined NICaN from her role as a Discharge Coordinator within the Belfast Trust.
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.
Lorna Nevin, PHA Nurse Consultant for Cancer
Lorna Nevin was appointed PHA Nurse Consultant for Cancer and re-joins the NICaN team for the second time in her career. Between 2005 – 2011 Lorna was the NICaN Supportive and Palliative Care Coordinator and was integral in shaping and informing regional and strategic planning, policy and service improvement to promote the equitable provision of high quality, patient focused supportive and palliative care services.
Lorna has worked clinically within Haematology and has a Post grad Specialist practice qualification within Cancer. Her career has provided a wide range of experience, from acute and community nursing perspective, as a specialist palliative care nurse and in management. Lorna has also worked regionally as a Macmillan Partnership Manager supporting the development of a wide range of service improvement initiatives, service posts and projects.
Lorna is delighted to be back as part of the NICaN team and is part of the Cancer Commissioning Team , the NICaN Nurse Leaders Reference Group and connecting across the Clinical Nurse Specialist Forums.
Jenny Wilson, NICaN Administrator
Jenny joined the team in December 2018 and is responsible for all administration activities relating to the NICaN network team