Policy Forum for Ireland

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Next steps for Sláintecare - implementation, regulation, and priorities for public health, the workforce, and moving forward in the wake of COVID

Morning, Tuesday, 16th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss the next major stage of Sláintecare implementation as the programme embarks on the next three years of reform and investment - and in the context of the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2023, as well as the recent publication of the Sláintecare mid-year Progress Report for 2021.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution from Paul Reid, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Health Service Executive (HSE).

Delegates will discuss the priorities and next steps for the reform programme, working towards the aim of delivering a universal health service which offers care at little to no cost - as the Government develops policy proposals for achieving universal eligibility.

Attendees will also look at wider key priorities for the health and social care system in the wake of COVID-19, such as tackling waiting lists - with the Government committing to implementing a Multi-annual Waiting List Reduction Plan - as well as improving patient safety and quality of care.

Further sessions focus on support for the health and social care workforce, including staff recruitment and retention, and improving health and wellbeing.

It comes in light of government commitments to roll out the Sláintecare Consultant Contract, which aims to remove private practice from public hospitals and hire 7,000 new community-based healthcare staff.

Overall, the agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2023
  • priorities for health and social care in the wake of COVID-19
  • taking forward innovation and practices developed during the pandemic
  • shaping policy to make an impact on improving public health
  • the recruitment and retention of the workforce and priorities for support
  • key regulatory priorities for delivering safer and better care


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Health, ROI and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, ROI. Also due to attend are representatives from Bloomfield Health Services; Bluebird Care; Bodywhys - The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland; Care About You; Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Cochrane Ireland; HIQA; HRB; Ireland East Hospital Group; Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy; Janssen Sciences Ireland; National University of Ireland Galway; Ombudsman for Children Office; Philip Lee; Pieta; Primary Care Commissioning Committee; St James's Hospital; University College Cork; and University of Limerick.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of the Oireachtas, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with key stakeholders, including representatives from health and social care, hospitals, professional medical colleges, patient groups, public health, primary care, local government, the charity sector, support groups, research and academia and third-level institutions, consultancies as well as reporters from the national and trade press.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Paul Reid

Director General and Chief Executive Officer, HSE

Seán Crowe TD

Chair, Committee on Health

Professor Anthony O’Connor

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Tallaght University Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor in Gastroenterology, Trinity College Dublin


Priscilla Lynch

Clinical Editor, Irish Medical News

Naomh McElhatton

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stimul.ai

Kevin Callinan

General Secretary, Fórsa

Stephen McMahon

Founder and Chairman, Irish Patients Association

Martin Rogan

Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Ireland

Phil Ní Sheaghdha

General Secretary, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation

Fintan Foy

Chief Executive Officer, Irish College of General Practitioners

Professor Cathal Kelly

Chief Executive Officer/Registrar, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

Dr Sarah McCloskey

Chief Executive Officer, Marymount University Hospital and Hospice