NCCP Key Achievements


  • Developed nationally agreed standardised SACT nursing documentation. Click here for more information
  • Publication of NCCP Guidance on Biosimilars in Cancer Treatment, riTUXimab Infusion rates, the use of TallMan lettering
  • Instituted direct ordering of BRCA testing by medical oncologists
  • Extended the national chemotherapy regimens to include oral anti-cancer medicines 
  • Publication of national clinical guideline on lung cancer
  • Publication of NCCP Guidance on the retention and disposal of Systemic AntiCancer Therapy (SACT) prescriptions and compounding worksheets for more info click: NCCP Guidance on the retention and disposal of Systemic AntiCancer (SACT)
  • Publication of NCCP Capacity Planning for parenteral Systemic AntiCancer Therapy (SACT) for more info click: NCCP Capacity Planning for parenteral Systemic AntiCancer (SACT)
  • Completion of Evidence into practice – a rapid review. Systemic anticancer therapy of patients with metastatic melanoma. click here for publication
  • Commencement of a train the trainer programme to enhance communication in cancer care in acute hospital in conjunction with the Irish Hospice Foundation. click here for publication 
  • Implementation of an inter-hospital referral pathway for pancreatic cancer Inter-hospital Pancreatic Cancer Referral 
  • Publication of Information for men on sexual wellbeing after pelvic cancer treatment. click here for publication
  • Cancer Nursing Education Programme for nurses in an in-patient setting - 3 day programme. click here for more information
  • The NCCP Evaluation of the National Cancer Education Programme. click here for publication 
  • Commenced development of the NCCP Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Function
  • The NCCP Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Function partnered with HSE Alcohol Programme, co-ordinating a range of community partners to deliver EU Action on Alcohol National Awareness week to increase public knowledge of the link between alcohol and cancer EU Action on Alcohol Week 20 - 24 Nov 17 Evaluation
  • The NCCP began the roll out of the NCCP HealthAtlas Portal, a web-based development that enables hospitals and the NCCP to have comprehensive oversight of all cancer key performance indicators (KPIs) in a timely manner.  The portal facilitates secure communication between hospitals and the NCCP and is designed to record the current KPIs for 6 tumour sites – breast, lung, prostate, rectal, upper gastrointestinal and pancreatic tumours.   It will assist hospitals in monitoring the quality of their cancer services and will benchmark progress against national data in real time.




  • Introduction of extracranial stereotactic radiotherapy service
  • Publication of Oncology Medication Safety Review Report
  • Completion of evidence-based Breast and Prostate Cancer Guidelines
  • Developed a three day cancer education programme for non specialist oncology nurses in acute care. This course covers cancer prevention, referral and patient pathway, survivorship and post-acute care including palliative care. 
  • Submission paper to the Department of Health which contributed to the introduction of the Public Health ( Sunbeds) Act 2014. Participated on the Department of Health's Sunbeds Communications Group to promote the dangers associated with sunbed use. click Sunbeds Act 2014 for more information 


  • Commenced the development of national protocols for a range of cancer drugs
  • Extended the provision of brachytherapy from one to three centres nationally
  • Breast Check completed the 2nd round of national screening
  • Cervical Check completed the 2nd round of national screening
  • Introduction of intracranial stereotactic radiotherapy service
  • Evaluation of the Community Oncology Nursing Programme
  • Establishment of an annual nursing grant with the Health Research Board enabling nurses to carry out research in cancer care


  • CervicalCheck introduced HPV testing for women treated at colposcopy
  • Commencement of BowelCheck, the national screening programme for colorectal cancer
  • Secured funding for newly approved haematology and medical oncology drugs, and funding to address the budgetary pressure associated with increased costs of oncology drugs already approved
  • Publication of "A Strategy and Educational Framework for Nurses Caring for People With Cancer in Ireland": National Cancer Control Programme in partnership with the HSE Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director
  • Publication of A Strategy and Educational Framework for Nurses Caring for People With Cancer in Ireland in partnership with the HSE Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director


  • Developed a national programme for oesophageal cancer in one national centre with three satellites
  • Opened new radiation oncology units at Beaumont Hospital and St. James’ Hospital Dublin


  • CervicalCheck completed first round of cervical screening programme
  • BreastCheck completed first round of screening in South and West
  • Centralisation of all lung cancer surgery in four designated cancer  centres
  • Developed a single national programme for the management of brain and other central nervous system tumours operating on two sites


  • Established a national centre for pancreatic cancer operating on two sites


  • Developed electronic cancer referral for breast, prostate and lung cancer in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders. This is now being extended to include pigmented lesion referral as part of the national electronic referral project. 


  • Developed and implemented a training programme for nurses who work in primary care. This course covers cancer prevention, referral and patient assessment, treatment and post-acute care
  • Provided information sessions to Primary Care (GP and practice nurse) for its screening and symptomatic services;  provided free training programmes for smear-takers as part of its Cervical-check programme


  • Developed a Community Oncology Nurse Programme, a skills-based programme to integrate medical oncology care between acute hospital and community settings. This programme has been delivered in four out of the six hospital groups. 
  • A Policy, Procedure and Resource book was developed to give guidance to nurses to meet the needs of these patients. click here for publication. 
  • Collaboration with the HSE Tobacco Control Implementation Framework group, including e-learning in smoking cessation for GPs and allied health professionals and development of a national pharmacotherapy smoking cessation algorithm. 
  • Developed educational materials for health professionals, including health & neck cancer referral, lymphoedema prevention, breast follow up and smoking cessation. 


  • Developed national GP referral guidelines and standard referral forms for breast, lung, and prostate cancers, and pigmented lesions


  • Establishment of  Rapid Access Clinics for patients strongly suspected of having prostate cancer or lung cancer in all eight designated cancer centres


  • Reorganisation of  symptomatic breast cancer diagnostic and surgical services into the eight cancer centres (with a satellite from the Galway Cancer Centre at Letterkenny General Hospital)


  • The NCCP is established