Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Next steps in delivering healthcare reform in Northern Ireland: securing consensus, shaping services and meeting future needs

Morning, Thursday, 6th December 2018



This timely seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the next steps in delivering the reform of healthcare in Northern Ireland.

Coming two years after the publication of the Delivering Together report on the transformation of healthcare in Northern Ireland, delegates will assess the progress made in delivering the reforms to date - including the latest on the delivery of the encompass Programme, HSC Workforce Strategy 2026 and Elective Care Centres - and examine Departmental priorities moving forward, as well as examining priorities for the Transformation Implementation Group in delivering those strategies.

Those attending will also examine the challenges to securing political and community consensus for the reform of healthcare, including discussion on shaping service to meet local need, addressing political and community concerns on reform, and encouraging effective dialogue on the next steps for delivery.

Further sessions will consider how to tackle the challenges to reforming the health service - including in securing and effectively utilising Transformation Funding - as the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee launches an inquiry into funding of the health service - as well as how best to deliver enhanced Primary Care services and support the social care sector, meet patient needs, and design services which are fit for the future.

Delegates will also examine lessons from another jurisdiction on the effective delivery of healthcare reform.

Keynote Speakers

Simon Hamilton MLA

former Minister of Health, Northern Ireland Executive

Senior speaker confirmed from Sinn Féin


Marie-Louise Connolly

Health Correspondent, BBC NI

Professor Deirdre Heenan

Professor of Social Sciences and Director, Health & Wellbeing Research Centre, Ulster University


Paula Bradshaw MLA

Health Spokesperson, Alliance Party

Mark H Durkan MLA

Health Spokesperson, SDLP

Roy Beggs MLA

Health Spokesperson, Ulster Unionist Party

Dr Grainne Doran

Chair, Northern Ireland, Royal College of General Practitioners

Roisin Coulter

Director of Planning, Performance and Informatics, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust