Sláintecare: Another false dawn or the first steps towards a sustainable, universal healthcare system?

Thursday, February 7, 2019, Croke Park, Dublin

The 15th National Health Summit

Sláintecare: Another false dawn or the first steps towards a sustainable, universal healthcare system?

Thursday, February 7, 2019, Croke Park, Dublin

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Ireland’s longest running healthcare management conference

Our health service is being challenged. From rising chronic diseases to an ageing and growing population to pressure on healthcare funding, our government and all healthcare stakeholders must find a way to create an effective and sustainable healthcare system. Seemingly, that way is Sláintecare, a 10-year plan agreed by all political parties, which if implemented fully, will create a universal healthcare system with equal access for all citizens.

The first concrete steps in the reform process have been taken including the creation of the Sláintecare Programme Office and the appointment of a 23-strong council to advise and support the implementation team. But, questions remain over how much the reforms are going to cost and whether the HSE can drive the changes needed to bring the reforms about. Many reform plans have come and gone previously, often without little impact due to their lack of implementation. How do we ensure this plan doesn’t go the same way? This is one of the big questions we’ll be asking at the 2019 National Health Summit.

Since the early noughties, this summit has been ‘the go-to event’ for senior leaders within the entire health eco-system. It’s a forum that brings together the full range of stakeholders in our public health service to learn, network and share knowledge and experience. It’s where healthcare staff and leaders, policy-makers, commentators and patient groups meet to constructively challenge current ways of thinking and offer new perspectives.

We hope you will join us again on February 7th 2019 for what promises to be another engaging and insightful day.

Our event will feature plenary sessions and dedicated conference tracks where we’ll be addressing some Big Question topics:

  • Delivering universal healthcare: The first steps, priorities for the reform process and how to drive the changes needed to make it happen.
  • Patient care and safety: Putting patients at the centre of a culture of open disclosure in healthcare organisations
  • Promoting and practising open disclosure: Fostering a “just culture” – moving beyond blame in your organisation.
  • The future of hospitals: Removing private practice from public hospitals and plans for elective only hospitals: What can we learn from elective only models abroad?
  • How far, how fast and at what scale can the transition to digital health be made? How can we create smarter systems that are useful, usable and used?
  • Health 2029: What will Ireland’s healthcare system look like after the 10-year reform programme?

The range of stakeholders who attend this event include:

  • Policy makers
  • Leaders and managers in healthcare management and service delivery
  • Clinical leaders
  • Patient advocates
  • Healthcare researchers, academics, economists
  • Service providers to the healthcare sector

Here are some of the well-known organisations who attended our 2018 summit:

The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, Nua Healthcare, Molecular Medicine Ireland, CORU, Children’s Hospital Group, IMO, RCSI, ByrneWallace, Novartis Ireland, HSE South, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Midlands Regional Hospital, VHI, MSD Ireland, Rutland Centre, Temple St Children’s University Hospital, AbbVie, Medical Protection Society, Clanwilliam Group, CareZapp, Beaumont Hospital, BraineyApp, St. Johns Hospital, National Rehab Hospital, Deloitte, UL Hospitals Group, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, PwC, Bon Secours Health System, IPPOSI, Servisource, GSK, Saolta, Westdoc, IPU, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, Meath County Council, Accenture, Laya Healthcare, NTPF, Myhomecare, Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council, Boots Retail, Medical Council of Ireland, Uniphar, St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Patients for Patient Safety Ireland, Grant Thornton, Irish Life Health, University Hospital Limerick, Tallaght Hospital, Connolly Hospital, Dept of Health, HSE West, Smith & Nephew, St. Lukes Radiation Oncology Unit, Roche Diagnostics, Vanguard Healthcare, National Office of Clinical Audit, Children’s Hospital Group

Ciarán Devane

Designate Chairman of the Board, HSE and Chief Executive, The British Council

Laura Magahy

BA, MBA, Director, Sláintecare Programme Office, the Department of Health

Joe Rafferty

Chief Executive, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Margaret Sherwood

National Programme Director, Scottish Government

Anne O’Connor

Interim Director General, Health Services Executive

Gabriel Scally

President, the Epidemiology and Public Health Section, the Royal Society of Medicine, and Chair of the Soil Association, UK

Tony O’Brien

Former Director General of the Health Service

Professor Mary Horgan

President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI)


Read below to see what some of the attendees from our last Health Summit have to say:

Brian Turner 

Healthcare Economist, UCC

“An Excellent conference. Very interesting, relevant and timely”

Dr. Truls Christiansen

GP, County Wicklow

“My 3rd summit – by far the best because it allowed interaction with important problems in the healthcare services”

Mary Kirwan

HR Manager, Our Lady’s Hospital

“Excellent – thoroughly enjoyed it and very informative”

Emer Martin

Director of Nursing, St. John’s Hospital, Limerick

“Informative and inspiring. I will explore ways for my hospital to work more collaboratively with primary care practitioners”

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For Sponsorship Opportunities Contact

Wayne Leitch

Head of Sponsorship Sales/ Conferences and Events

Mob: +353 86 8575144


A selection of pictures from our previous events

A selection of media from last year’s successful event.

Contact Us

This summit is organised by iQuest and our events partner The Sunday Business Post. If you have any questions, requests, or require assistance with your booking, please feel free to contact me:

Jackie Bryan

Conference Facilitator

Tel: (+353) 87 055 7913


The Venue

Croke Park, Dublin

Croke Park

The GDPR Summit takes place in the Hogan Stand, Croke Park, Dublin 3 – located off Jones’ Road. Please DO NOT enter the Cusack side for this event.  The red box below has directions to this event including all bus, DART, train and Dublin Bike information. Parking: Free car parking is available in the Davin Car Park this is located on North Circular Road and accessed via St Margaret’s Avenue. There is pedestrian access from the car park onto Jones’ Road / Russell St for the main entrance to the Hogan Stand (on Jones‘ Road, opposite the Croke Park Hotel). GPS coordinates 53.360712, -6.2533977 Tel: + 353 1 819 2300 Email: Eircode: D03 P6K7

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