HMI West: An Open Forum

9 Feb 2018 - 12:45

HMI West Regional Meeting

An Open Forum’
With John Connaghan, Deputy Director General and Chief Operations Officer, Health Service Executive

12.30 – 13.45, 09 February, 2018

Room 1, Education Centre
Merlin Park Hospital, Galway

The HMI is delighted that John Connaghan, Deputy Director General and Chief Operations Officer, HSE will be our guest at an Open Forum meeting on the 5th of December, in Merlin Park Hospital on the 5th of December.
John has over 30 years’ experience of both the private and public sector. He spent the early part of his career in the printing and publishing industry with responsibility for manufacturing plants in Scotland and the USA,  introducing the concept of quality circles and “lean” in a factory environment.  During his NHS career in Scotland,  John held three different Chief Executive positions with responsibility for some of the largest teaching hospitals in Scotland.
John joined the Scottish Government in 2006 as Director of NHS Delivery – with the remit to improve overall NHS performance.  He achieved demonstrable improvements and results over a ten year period in both elective and unscheduled care waiting times.   John is leaving the Scottish Government as NHS Chief Operating Officer having spent some time as interim Director General and Chief Executive of the NHS with accountable officer status for £12.5bn and 156,000 staff.
Outside the work environment, John was one of the founding directors for the Maggies centres (cancer charity) now one of the UK’s biggest cancer charities.  He served on the Board of the charity for a period of ten years as a non-executive director.  John has over 50 caps at Masters level playing hockey for Scotland and was part of the squad representing Scotland at the WGMA World Cup in Sydney in 2016.
In 2015, Queen Elizabeth awarded John the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to health.


We look forward to welcoming him.

Timetable for the event:

12.45 Registration
13.15 Welcome and opening address
Seamus Gallagher, Chair, HMI West Region
13.20 ‘An Open Forum’

John Connaghan, Deputy Director General and Chief Operations Officer, Health Service Executive

13.50 Closing comments
Seamus Gallagher, Chair, HMI West Region

For further information, please contact Rosemarie Carroll (HMI) at 01 2974070 or email

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