The 18th National Health Summit

The impact of Covid-19: Can we disrupt the way that healthcare is organised and delivered?

February 9, 2022

Croke Park

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The National Health Summit

Future-proofing our health system for a post-Covid world

February 9, 2021
Ireland’s longest running healthcare management conference, now virtual

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Ireland’s longest running healthcare management conference

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the nation’s health and the effective delivery of care. It has cost lives. Healthcare staff have worked long and stressful hours tending to the ill and dying in an  emotional vacuum where a patient’s family and friends have had to stay away. Telehealth has become commonplace, with care providers offering or even requiring a telehealth consultation instead of a walk-in appointment.

Has this major global healthcare crisis – with some negative and some positive disruptions to the delivery of care – given us a once in a lifetime chance to undo decades of health policy failure? With recent setbacks to our major reform programme, Sláintecare, could this kind of existential crisis allow healthcare leaders to put the reform programme back on the right path?

What have we learned that we might use to disrupt healthcare for the greater good? Can we shape a new and better normal? Can Covid lead to a better healthcare system… if we want it to?

This is the major theme of the 2022 National Health Summit. Now back live and in-person in Croke Park – and going into its 18th year, this summit has been a key 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, policymakers, commentators and patient groups meet to constructively challenge current ways of thinking and offer new perspectives.

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

  • Health, medicine and politics in Ireland: Understanding how universal health coverage (UHC) is a political struggle and governance challenge
  • Do we have what it takes to make UHC a reality in Ireland?
  • Delivering care closer to people: What is the evidence for effective delivery of regional healthcare organisations?
  • Successfully designing, scaling and using digital health solutions
  • Creating the conditions for healthcare innovation to flourish
  • Reimaging healthcare design after Covid19: How do we deliver a vastly improved patient experience?
  • Healthcare delivery in a world transformed by crisis: What could the post-pandemic patient centric healthcare system look like?
  • Positive service shifts accelerated by Covid19: Lessons for leaders to keep up the momentum and enable sustainable change

This event is attended by the range of healthcare stakeholders including:

  • Policy-makers
  • Medical professionals
  • Leaders and managers in healthcare management and delivery
  • Clinical leaders
  • Patient advocates
  • Researchers
  • Academics
  • Economists
  • Service providers to the healthcare sector

Here are some of the well-known organisations who attended our 2019 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. John’s 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


Here is how delegates at our past Healthcare events were inspired:

“An Excellent conference. Very interesting, relevant and timely” Brian Turner, Healthcare Economist, UCC

“ Excellent – professional and key decision-makers present” Stephen Mulvany, Chief Finance Officer, HSE

“Informative and inspiring. I will explore ways for my hospital to work more collaboratively with primary care practitioners” Emer Martin, Director of Nursing, St. John’s Hospital, Limerick

“Fascinating presentations in the technology stream. So much potential!” Conor Leonard, interim CEO, Royal Hospital Donnybrook

“Thanks Business Post for the invitation to speak…. Really thought-provoking day…” Dr. Nóirín Russell, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Cork University Maternity Hospital


Hear what attendees from our past healthcare events had 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”
​Stephen Mulvany
Chief Finance Officer, HSE
“ Excellent – professional and key decision-makers present”

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Wayne Leitch

Head of Sponsorship Sales/ Conferences and Events

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The inclusion of event sponsors, exhibitors or partners does not constitute an endorsement, guarantee, warranty, or recommendation by The National Health Summit or iQuest Ltd. and we make no representations or warranties about any product or service contained therein.

Contact Us

This summit is organised by iQuest and our events partner The 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

Email: [email protected]