Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Priorities for primary care in Northern Ireland

November 2017

This seminar provided an opportunity to examine the challenges facing the primary care sector in Northern Ireland and assessed priorities for enhancing the provision of primary care services over the next ten years.

Delegates discussed pressures facing general practice - including in training and maintaining a sustainable workforce and dealing with increasing workloads - and followed 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.

Delegates examined 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 brought out the latest thinking on establishing suitable infrastructure - which can support the reconfiguration of services.

Those attending also discussed the latest work undertaken by the Department of Health around the reform of services, including the need to pivot services to a more preventative model, while continuing to meet existing demand.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Northern Ireland seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates