Your Cancer Network

What is NICaN?

The Northern Ireland Cancer Network is a partnership of Health and Social Care NI organisations, academic, charity, cancer specialists and service users working in collaboration to deliver safe and effective care, improve cancer clinical outcomes and enhance patients and carers experience and quality of life. 

Who are we & what do we do?

The Northern Ireland Cancer Network formed in 2004 and was Northern Ireland’s first Regional Clinical Network. NICaN links together the organisations that provide care for people with cancer across the 5 Health & Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.  The Network is part of the Health and Social Care Board. 

We do not actively deliver patient care, but work closely with service users, health professionals and managers to improve cancer services and to implement national and local NHS strategies.


  • supports our members in the delivery of cancer services that are evidence based
  • ensure equity of access and uniform quality of cancer services for the population of Northern Ireland, and
  • work across organisational boundaries following the patient pathway.

Link to Network groups.

NICaN Structure

We have a Board, which helps to steer the work of the Network.  The Network Team deliver on the work programme of the Board by working closely with a number of clinical networks and NICaN's Public & Patient Involvement Forum. 

Where NICaN is situated in the health and social care structure in Northern Ireland

organisational structure of NICaN