Speakers

Ms. Laura Magahy
Laura Magahy is the Executive Director of the Sláintcare Programme Implementation Office. Previously she has led some of Ireland’s most significant and transformational public-sector projects on behalf of government including the €1 billion urban renewal of Temple Bar and the Global Irish Forum initiative, Irish Design 2015. She has led change management and physical development projects in healthcare and has a particular interest in population-based planning and citizen engagement. Laura Magahy is a Fellow and past President of the Institute of Directors and is one of Ireland’s top Level A Project Directors. She is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland and has served on numerous public, private and plc boards as Chairman, Non-Executive Director, and Executive Director.
Prof. Tom O'Dowd
Professor of General Practice, TCD Personal Following vocational training in general practice in Ireland I joined the University of Wales College of Medicine 1980 – 1986 as a lecturer and subsequently the University of Nottingham 1986 – 1993 as a senior lecturer in general practice. I was a partner in local general practices as well as having academic appointments. I am Professor of General Practice in Trinity College Dublin since 1993. I am also a GMS principal in active practice in the Mary Mercer Health Centre, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Research My research has covered many aspects of patient welfare and healthcare delivery, including difficult patients, inequalities in health, chronic diseases including multi morbidity, workforce planning and medical education.
Ms. Tanja Valentin
Tanja leads the External Affairs team at Medtech Europe. She is responsible for both internal and external Communication as well as for the organisation’s Government Affairs & Public Policy work. She leads her team to create integrated public affairs and communication strategies and drive their efficient implementation. Her goal is to make Medtech’s voice heard by European policy makers and to demonstrate the value that medical technologies provide in achieving affordable, accessible and sustainable healthcare for citizens in Europe. Tanja has almost 20 years of experience in European policy making covering the areas of environment, finance, military cooperation and health, both inside and around the EU institutions. She is an economist by training and has studied in Cologne and Dublin. Tanja is a German national and also speaks English and French.
Mr. Padraig Duff
Padraig Duff is a Biochemistry graduate of UCD with 20 years pharmaceutical industry experience. During his 5 years as Hospital Manager with Lederle & Wyeth Laboratories he gained essential experience in antibiotics, biologicals and oncology. He later went on to serve as General Manager of Organon Laboratories in Ireland for 3 years. Padraig is a founder member of TCP Homecare and co-developed the first homecare company specialising in the total turnkey solution for hospital care in the home. Services include the provision Pharmacy Dispensing Services; Direct to Patient Home Delivery of the prescribed medication; the provision of Nursing Services to either administer to the Patient or to empower the Patient to self-administer their prescribed medication and the development and implementation of a range of Patient Support Programmes across a broad range of disease areas. Padraig works very closely with Client Companies and the Health Service Executive in developing Patient Centric Services; looking at new ways of engaging with Patients to offer the highest quality of Nursing Care and ensuring on-going support to maximise the Patients compliance / adherence to treatment. This includes the development of new novel IT / Digital solutions which enhances the Patients’ experience. TCP Homecare’s key focus is building services around the Patient and ensuring the best possible Patient experience whilst being managed by any of TCP Homecare’s services.
Mr. Harry Evans
Harry is a researcher in the policy team, leading on digital health projects. He was an author of the recent report Digital change in health and social care and speaks regularly on this subject. Before joining the Fund in 2016, Harry worked for three years at Ipsos MORI’s Social Research Institute, focusing on health research, speaking to the public about their attitudes towards patient data sharing and emerging technology.
Ms. Bernadette Jackson
Work Experience: Medical Scientist for 38 years. Trained in the Children’s University Hospital Temple St, Staff Grade Medical Scientist – St Vincents University Hospital – Metabolic Unit, Senior Medical Scientist – Rotunda Hospital – 21 yrs, Senior Medical Scientist- Naas General Hospital (NGH) – Clinical Chemistry Department and currently Point of Care Manager – NGH Qualifications: Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM); Higher Diploma in Training and Education; MBA in Healthcare Management. Committees: Member of ACSLM Council, former Chairperson of the Clinical Chemistry Advisory Body, Chairperson of the POCT Advisory Body and adjudicator of the Presidents Prize. Member of the National Point of Care Consultative Group, the joint Reference Range working group and CORU MSRB board.