NHS in Northern Ireland Course

Background Poster

NHS in Northern Ireland Course


This course on health services in Northern Ireland is designed for field representatives.

Structure and finance

  • What is the structure of the health service in Northern Ireland?
  • What is the political and financial context?
  • Who are the key players?
  • What are the key differences between the health services in Northern Ireland and England?
  • What can I do with this information?

Market access

  • What is the process around access to medicines in Northern Ireland?
  • What is the Northern Ireland Formulary?
  • What is managed entry
  • What is the role of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) in Northern Ireland?
  • What is the position on independent funding requests?
  • What can I do with this information?

Policy

  • What are the key policy challenges for health services in Northern Ireland?
  • What are the key policies and strategic direction for health services in Northern Ireland?
  • What is the Bengoa Review?
  • What are the main provisions of the Health and Wellbeing 2026 – Delivering Together?
  • What has happened to transformation while devolution is suspended?
  • What are the key issues likely to face the next health minister?
  • What can I do with this information?
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It gives an overview of the structure of the health service, relevant people and organisations and the financial and political context. It also provides an overview of the most relevant key policies and strategic direction.

Although primarily aimed at those working in Northern Ireland, it is also useful for those working elsewhere who want to gain an understanding of how the NHS works in different countries of the UK.

  • Who can take the course: Medical representatives
  • Course duration: 1 hour
  • Certification Duration: 1 year

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Course Duration

1 hour

Certificate Duration

2 years

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