Welcome to the Northern Ireland Cancer Network

The Northern Ireland Cancer Network is a partnership of HSCNI 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 was formed in 2004 as Northern Ireland’s first Regional Clinical Network and 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. 

We:

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

Read more about NICaN

Measurement of Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) workload

In early 1998, an inter Trust working group (chaired by Mrs M Waddell) was established by the Regional Medical Services Consortium (RMSC). In March 1999 it published its report in which it had developed a common unit of measurement for aseptic chemotherapy workload.

A unit of issue was defined as “any individually dispensed item.” A dose would consist of one or more units of issue. Each unit of issue would be assigned a pre-defined band. The numerical value of the band increased with the increased complexity of the unit of issue.

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