It has become increasingly apparent that clients want more than just service provision. They want tailored solutions to their specific problems delivered in a timely, efficient and effective manner.

Our History


Prof John Gallagher established Employment Health Advisers (EHA) in 1993 and it grew to become one of the largest occupational health providers in Ireland.


John led a joint venture with Mid-West Occupational Health to create Corporate Health Ireland. Subsequently, John also led the acquisition of Mid-West Occupational Health.


In 2015, Dr John Gallagher and his team began the launch of Cognate Health.


Development of the Cognate Health network.


Cognate Health becomes the largest occupational health network provider in Ireland with over 30 locations nationwide.

Our Values


In order to provide a national occupational health service and bring occupational health service provision closer to our clients, Cognate Health has developed a network of occupational health physicians (OHPs). Our clients can rely on a central administration team, a Head of Client Relationships and a Quality Manager. As part of our service level agreement with clients, we undertake full responsibility for occupational health related services between Cognate Health and our clients and this agreement is extended to our network of occupational health physicians. For the client, this ensures that the performance and the quality of every service is being consistently met and managed accordingly in a timely manner. As part of Cognate Health’s National OHP Network, our clients will belong to a network of providers allowing for prompt scheduling of referrals from one point of contact. Our aim is to simplify our contact with clients so that instead of being directed to various points of contact to make appointments, obtain reports and manage accounts, you will have a single point of contact. This is how we value service.

Our Values


Cognate Health has implemented an NSAI certified ISO 9001 Quality Management System which is the industry standard in quality management systems. Our approach to occupational health delivers quality managed solutions that defines the Cognate Health vision.

Industry Affiliates

We maintain a variety of important affiliations across a range of industries with many leading, long-established and world-recognised bodies that govern their industry. Through these alliances, we are able to provide our clients with the highest level of reliability and support. Our occupational health team participate in and attend seminars & conferences to help inspire innovation, follow trends, encourage information sharing and promote industry awareness.


ISO 9001 is the world’s foremost quality management standard and a standard that we have implemented at Cognate Health. Our ISO 9001 certification ensures that the needs of every Cognate Health client are being met to the highest possible standards all over Ireland. Our clients can expect decisive & confidential medical advice on how to best optimise the occupational health of their most important asset, their employees.

In order to strengthen, streamline or review our management procedures, we decided that the achievement of this standard was crucial.The standard sets out the essential requirements for Cognate Health to meet when establishing, implementing and maintaining a practical and effective quality management system (QMS). We use this system to minimise risk and maximise opportunity. This means that our clients can rest assured that our occupational health solutions are applied to the highest level. We are forever seeking ways to improve the system.



Customer focus




of people


Process approach


System approach
to management




Factual approach
to decision making


Mutually beneficial
supplier relationship

Strategic Partners

Cognate Health’s goal is to assist employers in reducing healthcare costs, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, enhance employee morale, attract and retain high-quality employees. To help us accomplish this, we have strategic partnerships and alliances. Building alliances with established industry leaders ensure the occupational health needs of our clients are being met effectively.

Chosen Charity

As Occupational Health Physicians, we believe that providing our medical skills, experience and knowledge on a pro bono or reduced fees basis is central to how we can make a difference in the community. Cork Simon is a registered charity that works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless in Cork, offering housing and support in their journey back to independent living.