NCCP Structure and Governance

NCCP Governance

The NCCP sits within the Office of the Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) in the HSE and reports through the CCO to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of the HSE.  In addition, the NCCP works closely with the Department of Health, particularly in relation to the implementation of the National Cancer Strategy and the development of Estimates and the National Service Plan for cancer services.  The NCCP operates within the agreed HSE governance frameworks.

NCCP National Executive Management Team

The purpose of the NCCP National Executive Management Team is to provide leadership and governance for the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP). It provides oversight for and allows for clinical and management input into priority setting, planning and implementation of the National Cancer Strategy and quality and safety.

NCCP National Executive Management Team Minutes


  • Professor Risteárd Ó Laoide - National Director, NCCP
  • Ms Fiona Bonas - Assistant National Director, NCCP
  • Mr Pat Cafferty - Head of Planning, Performance, and Programme Management, NCCP
  • Ms Terry Hanan - National Clinical Lead for Cancer Nursing, NCCP 
  • Ms Patricia Heckmann - Assistant National Director & Chief Pharmacist, NCCP
  • Dr Triona McCarthy - Assistant National Director - Community Oncology / Primary Care / Prevention, NCCP
  • TBA - Head of Cancer Intelligence, NCCP
  • Professor Arnold Hill  - National Surgical Oncology Programme Clinical Advisor
  • Professor Maccon Keane  - National Medical Oncology Programme Clinical Advisor
  • Professor Clare Faul - National Radiation Oncology Programme Clinical Advisor
National Clinical Programme Leads

NCCP Clinical Programme Leads will update the NCCP National Executive Management Team on the progress of their programmes, at a minimum annually and more often if required.

  • Dr David Gallagher - National Clinical Programme Lead in Cancer Genetics
  • Dr Derville O Shea / Dr Eibhlin Conneally - National Clinical Lead in Haemato-oncology
  • Professor Maeve Lowery - National Clinical Programme Lead in Translational Cancer Medicine
  • Dr Helen Greally - National Clinical Programme Lead in Psycho-Oncology
  • Professor Owen Smith - National Clinical Programme Lead for Children and Adolescent/Young Adults (AYA) with cancer

NCCP Senior Management Team 

NCCP Senior Management Team Minutes 

NCCP Programme Structure

The work of the NCCP is organised into various programmes focussed on the parts of the cancer patient pathway and activities that support the role of the NCCP.  These include:

Cancer prevention and early detection Programme

Surgical Oncology Programme

Systemic Therapy Programme

Cancer Drug Management Programme

Radiation Oncology Programme

Haemato-oncology Programme

Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Programme

Cancer Nursing Programme

Cancer Survivorship Programme

Psycho-oncology Programme

Evidence and Quality Hub

Cancer Research

National Cancer Information System

Cancer Clinical Leads Groups and projects specific to particular types of cancer

Cancer Intelligence

Cancer Genetics and Genomics

Business and Planning and corporate support functions

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