Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Priorities for primary care in Northern Ireland

Morning, Wednesday, 8th November 2017



This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to examine the challenges facing the primary care sector in Northern Ireland and will assess priorities for enhancing the provision of primary care services over the next ten years.

Delegates will examine the options for the future configuration of services in the primary care sector - particularly in relation to the creation of multi-disciplinary teams embedded around general practice, and further integration of community services - and the recommendations stemming from the Health Department working group’s review into GP-led primary care services in Northern Ireland; the Expert Panel’s review of health and social care and the Minister’s subsequent delivery report.

Those attending will also consider the priorities for training and maintaining a sustainable workforce - and bring out the latest thinking on establishing suitable infrastructure - which can support the reconfiguration of services with an increased focus on primary care, and which can support improvement in services.

It comes as demand for services comes under pressure from an ageing population, patients with co-morbidities and staff shortages, and follows the release of the BMA’s ‘General Practice in Crisis’ report, and the RCGP’s ‘Delivering Change for General Practice in Northern Ireland’ report into Primary Care in Northern Ireland.

Guest of Honour

Dr Grainne Doran

Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners, Northern Ireland

Guest of Honour

Dr Grainne Doran

Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners, Northern Ireland


Professor Margaret Cupples

Department of General Practice and Primary Care, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University, Belfast

Maeve Hully

Chief Executive, Patient and Client Council

Dr Claire Loughrey

Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education, Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency

Jill Matthews

Managing Director, Intensive Expert Management Team, Primary Care Support Services, NHS England

Dr Margaret O’Brien

Head of General Medical Services, Directorate of Integrated Care, HSCB

Senior speaker confirmed from Community Development and Health Network