From October 2022, the work of the NABCOP has been expanded on by two new national audits of primary breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer in women and men of all ages.

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Clinical Steering Group

About the Clinical Steering Group (CSG)

The purpose of the Clinical Steering Group (CSG) was to provide guidance and support on the direction and deliverables of the National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients (NABCOP) and to encourage support from professional members.

The CSG had members from patient associations, medical associations, multi-disciplinary experts in the area of breast cancer and  medical care of the older person, and policy makers.

The CSG’s objectives were to:

  • Advise on proposed audit analyses and presentation of results.
  • Review and prioritise identified audit questions.
  • Inform the Project Team about relevant national initiatives and evolving clinical evidence.
  • Advise on study design, and appropriate process and outcome measures.
  • Comment on the Audit dataset and methods of data collection.
  • Advise on proposed audit analyses and presentation of results.
  • Comment on the findings of the Audit and their interpretation.
  • Support Audit communication with professional colleagues on Audit aims and data collection.
  • Help publicise the results of the NABCOP among patients, the professions involved and other stakeholders.
  • Represent the views of the associated professional and patient groups.

The Terms of Reference for the CSG are available to download here. If you have any questions about this information, please contact

Please find below a list of members of the CSG.

Clinical Steering Group Members as of October 2021

Name Organisation Role
Prof. Kieran Horgan (Chair) Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Consultant Breast Surgeon

NABCOP Liaison for the Association of Breast Surgery reporting to the Clinical Standards and Audit Committee

Chair Breast Cancer Expert Advisory Group of NCRAS

Dr Nicolò Matteo Luca Battisti The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

International Society of Geriatric Oncology

Clinical Research Fellow in Medical Oncology


Prof. Kwok-Leung Cheung School of Medicine ,University of Nottingham

International Society of Geriatric Oncology

Professor of Breast Surgery and Medical Education

UK National Representative

Ms Karen Clements National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, Public Health England NCRAS Project Manager
Miss Marianne Dillon Swansea Bay University Health Board

Wales Cancer Network

Consultant Breast Surgeon

Breast Cancer Site Group Lead

Dr Julie Doughty Association of Breast Surgery President
Mr Ashu Gandhi Association of Breast Surgery

Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Breast Screening Programme & ABS Screening Audit Group

Chair of the Clinical Practice & Standards Committee

Oncoplastic Breast and Endocrine Surgeon


Prof. Margot Gosney Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Professor of Elderly Care Medicine
Ms Lis Grimsey1 East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Macmillan Nurse Consultant
Prof. Chris Holcombe Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Association of Breast Surgery

Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

Vice President

Miss Tracey Irvine Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT)

Guildford (Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust)

Clinical Lead for Breast Surgery

Consultant Breast Surgeon

Ms Jacquie Jenkins Public Health England, Screening Quality Assurance Service Deputy Director of Quality Assurance
Prof. Ian Kunkler University of Edinburgh

NHS Lothian

Professor of Clinical Oncology

Clinical Oncologist

Mr Andrew Murphy National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, Public Health England Head of Cancer Datasets
Dr Stanley Ralph Age Anaesthesia Association

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Honorary Secretary


Dr Alistair Ring The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust Medical Oncologist
Prof. Tom Robinson University of Leicester


University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

NIHR Senior Investigator

Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Life Sciences and Dean of Medicine

Professor of Stroke Medicine

Honorary Consultant Stroke Physician

Ms Janice Rose Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice Patient Representative
Ms Mia Rosenblatt Breast Cancer Now Associate Director of Policy, Evidence and Influencing
Dr Nisha Sharma Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


British Society of Breast Radiology

Director of Breast Screening (Leeds-Wakefield) and Clinical Lead for Breast Imaging

Audit Lead

Dr Richard Simcock Macmillan Cancer Support Chair of the Expert Reference Group for Cancer Care in Older People convened by Macmillan
Ms Sophia Turner Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice Patient Representative
Ms Carla Whitbread força – strength against cancer Patient Representative
Ms Gail Williams NHS Wales, Cardiff Breast care nurse

Network Team Lead at NHS Wales

Prof. Lynda Wyld University of Sheffield

Jasmine Breast Centre, Doncaster

Bridging the Age Gap Study

Professor of Surgical Oncology

Honorary Consultant Breast Surgeon

Principal Investigator

Clinical Steering Group Minutes

In addition to the support provided by the CSG, the audit is overseen by a Project Board (PB). The PB is responsible for ensuring that NABCOP works within the contracts covering the delivery of the audit, and directing the strategic work of the audit. The PB has representation from patient associations, medical associations, and the commissioners; members are listed in the NABCOP Annual Reports .

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