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NICaN Clinical Groups

NICaN Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs)

NICaN facilitates a number of Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs). These groups meet to address a particular type of cancer (e.g., breast, lung), or a particular service area (e.g., SACT or radiotherapy).

CRGs include a full range of healthcare professionals from all trusts and across the cancer care pathway, (diagnostic and treatment). The groups also include cancer service managers and members who represent the patient and public voice and who have experience of the cancer journey. Groups meet regularly and work collaboratively to deliver the following key core objectives:

    • Agree clinical management guidelines and ensure consistency of delivery across all trusts
    • Service planning/delivery
    • Service improvement and redesign
    • Quality monitoring and evaluation
    • Education and workforce and Research and development

For more information on membership and Terms of Reference for each group, see the table below for either Tumour Specific Groups or Themed groups.

Tumour Specific CRGsClinical Chair
Brain and Central Nervous SystemMs Nicola Johnston, Consultant Neurosurgeon, RVH
ColorectalMr Barry McAree, Consultant Surgeon NHSCT
GynaeDr Ian Harley, Consultant Gynaecologist, BHSCT
HaematologyDr Bridgin Merron, Consultant Haematologist, NHSCT
Head and Neckvacant
LungDr Wendy Anderson, Consultant Respiratory Medicine, NHSCT
Skin (Melanoma & complex skin Ca)vacant
ThyroidDr Steven Hunter, Consultant Endocrinologist (BHSCT)
Upper GIMr Mark Taylor (Interim Chair), Consultant Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgeon, BHSCT
UrologyMr Mark Haynes Consultant Urologist, SHSCT

Themed CRGsClinical Chair
Acute Oncology Service (AOS)Dr Lois Mulholland, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, SEHSCT
Allied Health Professionals (AHP)Mr David Curtin, Speech and Language Therapist, WHSCT
Nurse Leaders Reference Group (NLRG)Ms Lorna Nevin, Nurse Consultant, Cancer (NICaN/PHA)
PharmacyMs Fionnuala Green and Ms Maire McGrady, Regional Lead Pharmacists (Job Share)
RadiotherapyProfessor Alan Hounsell, Head of Medical Physics, BHSCT
Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT)Dr Paula Scullin, Consultant Medical Oncologist, BHSCT
Teenage and Young Adults (TYA)Vacant