Clinical Steering Group

The purpose of the Clinical Steering Group (CSG) is 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 has 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 objective are 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 NABCOP CSG Terms of Reference and CSG meeting minutes, are available to download.

Clinical Steering Group Members as of May 2019

Name Organisation Role
Prof. Kieran Horgan (Chair) Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust NABCOP Clinical Lead, Surgery
Ms Karen Clements National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, Public Health England NABCOP / NCRAS Project Manager
Miss Marianne Dillon Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Wales Cancer Network

Breast Surgeon

Breast Cancer Audit Lead for Wales

Ms Patricia Fairbrother Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice Patient Representative
Prof. David Dodwell Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust NABCOP Clinical Lead, Oncology
Prof. Deborah Fenlon Swansea University Professor of Nursing
Mr Ashu Gandhi Association of Breast Surgery

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Breast Screening Programme

Chair of Professional Standards, ABS

Oncoplastic Breast and Endocrine Surgeon

Surgical Chair

Prof. Margot Gosney University of Reading

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Professor of Elderly Care Medicine

Honorary Consultant in Elderly Care Medicine

Ms Lis Grimsey Association of Breast Surgery Macmillan Nurse Consultant
Prof. Chris Holcombe Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

National Breast Clinical Reference Group

Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

Deputy Chair

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

NHS Lothian

Professor of Clinical Oncology

Clinical Oncologist

Miss Fiona MacNeill Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Lead for Breast Surgery

Consultant Breast Surgeon

Mr Andrew Murphy National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, Public Health England Head of Cancer Datasets
Dr Emma Pennery Breast Cancer Care Clinical Director
Dr Stanley Ralph Age Anaesthesia Association

Royal Derby Hospitals in NHS Trust

Honorary Secretary


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

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Head of Department and Professor of Stroke Medicine

Honorary Consultant Physician

Ms Janice Rose Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice Patient Representative
Dr Nisha Sharma Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust


British Society of Breast Radiology

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


Dr Richard Simcock Macmillan Cancer Support Chair of the Expert Reference Group (ERG) for Cancer Care in Older People convened by Macmillan
Ms Sophia Turner Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice Patient Representative
Prof. Lynda Wyld University of Sheffield

Jasmine Breast Cancer, 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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