Your Cancer Network

What is NICaN?

The Northern Ireland Cancer Network (NICaN) formed in 2004 and was Northern Ireland’s first Regional Clinical Network.

NICaN does not activley deliver patient care but links together the organisations that provide care for people with cancer across the 5 Health & Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.  NICaN works in a partnership of Health and Social Care NI organisations, academic organisations, charities, cancer specialists and service users.

NICaN works in collaboration to improve cancer services and to implement national and local NHS strategies, with a focus on delivering safe and effective care, improving cancer clinical outcomes and enhancing patients and carers experience and quality of life.


  • 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,
  • work across organisational boundaries following the patient pathway


NICaN Structure

 NICaN Board helps steer the work of NICaN.  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