The 17th National Health Summit

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

February 10, 2021

Virtual Summit

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The National Health Summit

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

February 10, 2021
Ireland’s longest running healthcare management conference, now virtual

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Ireland’s longest running healthcare management conference

​Our health service is being challenged like never before.

With the outbreak of Covid-19, we are all experiencing an unprecedented period for our healthcare community, our nation and our world. And, as history often repeats itself, this may not be the last pandemic that we encounter. It is essential that lessons are learned from this experience – from the remarkable contribution of staff and volunteers, the rapid progress achieved in digitising and transforming service delivery or from the shortcomings and inequalities that have been brought sharply into focus. There is now not only the imperative to restore full-service provision while being ready for future waves of the virus, but to build on this learning to bring about positive change and renewal so that the health and care system can support improved health and wellbeing for everyone, well beyond this crisis.

The health service is seeing an extraordinary investment of an additional €4 billion in 2021. Will this level of spend truly protect, reform and expand our health service for good?

By Feb 10 2021, the date of our event, will we be emerging out of this pandemic? With a vaccine available, will we return to life as we knew it in 2021? Or, will we be looking towards another year of restrictions and living with Covid-19?

Going into its 17th year, the National Health 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, policy-makers, 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:

  • What will our health service look like after the pandemic?
  • Budget 21: Transformative funding? What are the priorities?
  • Analysis of the public health response to the pandemic
  • Vaccinating a nation: What are the challenges?
  • Trust in the health service: Lessons learned from the crisis
  • Sláintecare: Are we still committed to the plan or will it be long-fingered due to the Covid19 crisis?
  • Leading healthcare in a challenging environment: Lessons learned from the Covid-19 crisis and the role of health management in the new normal. How is the pandemic shaping the future of healthcare management?
  • Clinical leadership through the Covid19 pandemic and beyond: We’ll hear from clinical leaders about their experiences over the past year and their reflections on what needs to change in the future
  • Seizing the moment: An opportunity for real change with technology at its heart
  • Rethinking the role of hospitals: After Covid-19 what are the lessons and challenges ahead?
  • Innovations across the HSE that are delivering a step-change in care
  • A fresh look at hospitals: Reframing policy discussions on hospitals: Where do they fit in healthcare systems?
  • Choosing our future: What do we want our health service to look like after the pandemic?
  • Inspiring international and local case studies


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

The Virtual Summit Experience


To adapt to the current environment and the growing demand for delegates to enjoy the conference experience in an online manner, The National Health Summit 2021 will come to you as a virtual event.

While our delegates will join in from the comfort of their homes and offices across Ireland and around the world, subject to prevailing restrictions at the time, the event will be broadcast live from our dedicated studio in Dublin. Many of our speakers and panellists will appear live on stage, while our international keynotes and participants will be video-conferenced in to join the conversation.

Delegates will have the opportunity to step into the unique virtual summit environment, which includes access to the main virtual conference stage for the full day, live speaker and panel Q&A sessions, a virtual exhibition hall, access to presentations and content post-event, as well as the opportunity to network, connect and chat with fellow online attendees, speakers and partners in real time.

Virtual attendance will be easily facilitated by our specially customised conferencing platform and dedicated AV team.

Benefits of virtual attendance include:


  • Access to Virtual Main Stage for all keynotes, presentations and debates
  • Video content of the latest healthcare technology
  • Opportunities to meet 100’s of attendees virtually, and set up meetings and conversations
  • Online virtual exhibition hall
  • Meet the industry using our matchmaking and profiling facilities
  • Copy of attendee list post-event
  • Copy of all presentations and content post-event
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”
​Stephen Mulvany
Chief Finance Officer, HSE
“ Excellent – professional and key decision-makers present”
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Single tickets and multi-ticket bundles available

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For Sponsorship Opportunities Contact

Wayne Leitch

Head of Sponsorship Sales/ Conferences and Events

Mob: +353 86 8575144

Email: [email protected]

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]