The Herald Live: Health Summit will take place on the morning of Friday, April 5

The event will take place in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh:

9 Queen Street

The Herald Live Health Summit will provide delegates with the opportunity to network, learn, question and hear from industry experts. Our Health Correspondent and panel will be sharing their expertise, knowledge and thoughts followed by an audience Q & A.

Ticket price £60 +VAT. Your ticket price includes your place to attend the event, official event programme, a copy of The Herald and tea, coffee and refreshments throughout the morning as well as networking opportunities.

9.30am – Arrival and Networking
10.00am – Host welcome and overview
10.10am – Panel discussion on healthcare workforce challenges with audience Q&A.
11:00am – Refreshments and networking
11.30am – Panel discussion continued – potential solutions to the challenges faced and the future for our healthcare workforce with audience Q&A
12.30PM – Final questions and closing remarks
12.45PM -Networking and refreshments
1:30PM -Event Close


Helen McArdle

The Herald Health Correspondent

Helen McArdle has been the Herald’s Health Correspondent since the end of 2016, following previous stints as a transport correspondent and general news reporter.

Her time covering health has coincided with both the 70th and 75th anniversaries of the NHS, as well as the Covid pandemic and five Scottish Government health secretaries to date.

Her award-winning coverage has spanned a wide range of topics from the use of charity funds by NHS Tayside to vaccine science and the crises engulfing dentistry, general practice and A&E.


Dr Donald Macaskill

CEO of Scottish Care

Dr Donald Macaskill has worked for many years in the health & social care sectors across the UK, specialising in learning disability and older people’s work. A particular professional focus has been bereavement, palliative care and individual rights. For 13 years he ran his own equality and human rights consultancy focusing on adult protection, risk and personalisation. He managed Scottish Care’s SDS project, People as Partners, then was the Joint National Workforce Lead. From 2016 he has been the CEO of Scottish Care.

Professor Lindsey Pope

GP and Professor of Medical Education 

Professor Lindsey Pope is a GP in Port Glasgow, Professor of Medical Education at the University of Glasgow and an Associate Postgraduate Dean for NHS Education for Scotland. She is the Director of the Scottish School of Primary Care and the Specialty Adviser for General Practice to the CMO for Scotland. At a UK level, she is an Education Associate for the General Medical Council, an examiner for the Royal College of GPs and sits on the BMA Medical Academic Staff Committee. Her research interests include Education in Primary Care and the relationship with Workforce, Equity in Medical Education and Doctors Wellbeing.

Dr Conor P.J. Maguire

Consultant Physician

Dr Conor Maguire has been a Consultant Physician in Medicine for the Elderly at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh since 2001. He was Clinical Director for the Service from 2006 until 2017. He qualified from University College Dublin, and obtained his postgraduate thesis from Trinity College Dublin. After working as Lecturer in the University of Bristol, he took up his present post in Edinburgh.

He has a specialist interest in Parkinson’s Disease and developed the Lothian Service for Older People with Parkinson’s.

He was the Director of Education at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh from 2015 until 2019 before being elected as the International Vice President, a role he continues to hold.

In his spare time he does wild water swimming, normally in the murky sea on the firth of Forth.

Dr Hugh Pearson

Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) Scottish Council

Dr Hugh Pearson, a graduate of University College London in 2021, moved to Edinburgh for his foundation training in NHS Scotland. Between 2022-2023, he led the organisation of the first-ever industrial action ballot for doctors working in Scotland, negotiating a £61.3 million investment in the junior doctor workforce alongside a three-year commitment to pay restoration and contract reform with the Scottish Government.

He currently serves as Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) Scottish Council, Co-Deputy Chair of the BMA Scottish Junior Doctor Committee and National Representative to the BMA UK Junior Doctor Committee, addressing a range of national health policy issues.

Additionally, he works as a Clinical Education Fellow in Professionalism and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on the intersection of politics and healthcare in his research, while fulfilling clinical duties in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Hugh is committed to restoring the NHS as a global example of a taxpayer-funded public healthcare system with universal access to high-quality care, emphasising the shared responsibility of politicians, managers and healthcare professionals.



Who can Register for the event?
This event is open to everyone with an interest in healthcare and the healthcare system across Scotland.

Is there a deadline to register for the event?
Registration to the event can be made up until the day prior however we would encourage you to register ahead of the event to keep up to date with all event updates.

Where will The Herald Business Briefing event take place?
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh:

9 Queen Street

What is the cost to attend?
Tickets are priced at £60 +VAT per ticket

Breakfast Programme

Where can I see the running order?
You can view the event running order on the online event section of this website above.

After the Event

Where can I find updates on the event?
You can find updates on the event via this dedicated event website, via heraldscotland.com and by following @NewsquestEvents.


What do I do if I have more questions?
We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the online event or registration. Please contact Events Manager, Alana Massie by emailing alana.massie@newsquest.co.uk with all enquires.