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The focus for this conference will be priorities and next steps for the recovery of health and social care services in the wake of the pandemic - as well as the way forward for improving service delivery into the future and key issues for the workforce and opportunities for support.
It will be a timely opportunity to examine the Building forward: Consolidated COVID-19 Recovery Plan from the NI Executive, as well as recent announcements of funding to support carers and cancer charities.
We are very pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution from Robert Swann MLA, Minister for Health, as well as Marie-Louise Connelly, Health Correspondent, BBC NI; Briege Donaghy, Chief Executive, Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority; and Rafael Bengoa, Chair, Expert Panel, ‘Systems, Not Structures: Changing Health and Social Care’ Report; and Director, Institute for Health and Strategy, Bilbao.
Delegates will also consider priorities following the publication of the Northern Ireland Mental Health Strategy and the launch of the Elective Care Framework - Restart, Recovery and Redesign, which includes a commitment of £700m over five years to tackle waiting lists.
Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:
- the policy vision for health and social care services in Northern Ireland and options for reform
- delivering improvements to the quality of elective care
- priorities for tackling waiting lists
- support for the workforce to enable continued quality of care
- implementing the new regional model for intermediate care
The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department of Finance, NI; the Department of Health, NI; the Northern Ireland Audit Office; and the Department of Health, ROI.