6 Weeks and Counting

Healthcare Estates 2019 is just a few short weeks away, with preparations really ramping up now for the biggest event yet; more exhibitors, more speakers, more exhibition theatres, a fabulous new venue for the Dinner and Awards, and a very special plenary theatre on the exhibition floor this year that Keynote presentations will take place in.  Keynote sessions are open not only to delegates to attend, but to VIP visitors, exhibitors and apprentices.  The event hosts the International Federation of Hospital Engineering, and delegates from around the world will be visiting Manchester to attend the event, as well as experience Manchester’s famous northern hospitality.

Healthcare Estates will take place on 8 and 9 October at Manchester Central, and we are certain that over the two days the conference programme and exhibition theatres have something of interest for everyone, whether an Estates and Facilities Director, an apprentice, or any professional level in between; the learning opportunities are many and varied and this year, and with the event hosting the International Federation of Hospital Engineering, experts from all over the world are attending and speaking at the conference.

Healthcare Estates Exhibition

Healthcare Estates is a truly unique event in the UK market – the only national conference and exhibition to bring together those who design, build manage and maintain healthcare facilities.

Healthcare Estates’ visitors make a conscious decision to attend the event setting aside valuable time to find solutions to the challenges they face on a daily basis and keep up to date with the latest product innovations.

The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to come and browse new products, new ideas, innovative solutions and talk with experts from over 250 organisations working across the healthcare sector. A packed hall full of interesting ideas and technical expertise for two full days in Manchester.

Travel to the venue is easy, direct trains from London are still at a surprisingly affordable rate and parking on site is free for our VIP guests who also get complimentary refreshments and a VIP meeting area.

The Healthcare Estates exhibition, features over 200 stands – so two days of your time gives you the complete technical, practical, professional and political framework in which to make effective decisions. If you want to know if you’re doing things right, this is the right place to begin.

Healthcare Estates is the unrivalled platform for Estate Managers, Directors, and Facilities Managers running and managing hospitals to network with industry colleagues, services and other contractors while sourcing and specifying the latest healthcare products and services.

Plan Your Visit

As a Visitor, you have access to the Healthcare Estates exhibition, plus all the additional supporting content in the hall, seven theatres of high quality free content. To attend the Conference sessions, you need to register as a Delegate. If you’re attending as a Delegate, you can pick whichever sessions you wish from the Conference Programme. If you’d like advice on how to get the most from your time at Healthcare Estates, please get in touch with the team on 01892 518877.

Meet the IHEEM team.  If you are not already an IHEEM member, Healthcare Estates is a great way to meet the team and learn more about the benefits of membership.  IHEEM will be on stands E14 and J1.  Go and have a try and mini golf while discussing membership, and having your conference and exhibition theatre attendance CPD accredited.

Conference Streams and Keynote Speakers

The conference has four streams – Strategy and Leadership, Engineering and Facilities Management, Planning Design and Construction, and Innovation.

Keynote speakers:  on the 8 October, Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession NHS Estates and Facilities, NHS Improvement, Alasdair Coates, Chief Executive Officer, Engineering Council, and Darryl Pitcher, President of the IFHE.

On 9 October, Keynote speakers are:  Professor Michail Kagioglou, Dean of the University of Huddersfield, and Alan Sharp, Chief Executive Officer, Mater Hospital Dublin.

The Motivational speaker for the second day is Sally Becker, the “Angel of Mostar”.

Plenary theatre

Keynote sessions in the Plenary Theatre are followed by content that anybody attending the event can go to – a session from the IHEEM Diversity and Inclusion Group on 8 October, and on 9 October, a workshop from NHSI, and an international case study session – all free to attend.  In addition, there are seven exhibition theatres to choose from.

The presentations in the Plenary Theatre on the first day focus on diversity and inclusion, with speakers from the IHEEM Diversity and Inclusion Working Group; including chairman of the group Dr Manju Patel, Suzie Mertes from Police Scotland, Claire Hennessy from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Ashley Dunsmore from Kier Construction, and Trish Marchant from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Kim Shelley from ETA Projects, and Elizabeth Donnelley from WES, add to the power of this session, with Simon Adamson from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and James Chadwick from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust discussing Engineers of the future.

Following Keynote presentations on 9 October, NHSI will be leading a workshop, the focus of which can be dictated in advance by attendees.  IHEEM is hosting a survey to establish the most popular topics that visitors to the event would like to be covered.  To have your say, visit:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHSI-IHEEM-Workshop.  The afternoon of 9 October will feature international case studies from the Falkland Islands, Germany, and Ireland, covering exemplars in hospital design, energy saving, and facilities management.


In the strategy and leadership conference stream, a range of management issues are covered, including Locality Asset Review (LAR), in which public sector assets are assessed against current and projected clinical need and future demographics of the area, to ensure efficiency and make savings. The disposal of Trust land to fund clinical facilities, which in itself could be the resulting action following an LAR, is the feature of a presentation, and the staffing, funding and management challenges of bringing more services in-house after the instability in outsourced service providers are discussed. Other sessions include Offsite construction and the benefits of extending existing clinical space with minimal disruption to ongoing service. Place-based care is an initiative that is gathering pace, with GP surgeries joining a network to serve a wider geographical area; this theme is followed through in a session on the creation of an index for healthcare planning, to ensure that cities are ready for future healthcare requirements and the rise in urban-based populations. Coupled with planning healthcare infrastructure for the climate of the future, the emphasis is on planning for healthcare provision beyond the decade that is about to begin.  Translating changing healthcare requirements into the reconfiguration will be unpicked and explained by means of a case study of the reconfiguration of sites within the University of Leicester NHS Trust – learn from those already undertaking such a project, and take forward lessons into your own healthcare setting.  Procurement standards will also be discussed, together with the CQC inspection toolbox – how to prepare, what will be inspected, legal accountability, and the consequences of non-compliance.

The engineering and facilities management conference sessions on the Tuesday, include ventilation and air quality, cleaning and decontamination, and water hygiene risk assessment.  The second day of the event dives deep into the technology of energy saving and electrical safety, covering electrical infrastructure design, low energy buildings with renewable energy technology, and energy saving in compressed air systems.

Planning, design and construction will begin with a session by Procure 22, looking at achievements and initiatives within the framework for the past 12 months, an update on the P22 EPP programme, and the Framework in practice, looking at evidence-based frameworks.  This will be followed by the importance of art in the healthcare environment to reduce stress and aggression, research into the influence of design on physical and psychological health, and the impact of outside spaces and gardens within hospital settings, on the wellbeing of patients, visitors and healthcare professionals.  Hospital accessibility for patients with specific mobility issues is also considered, with a new wayfinding scheme showcased.  Mental health and the design that this specialist patient group need in a healthcare setting, including a case study of patient-centred hospital design in Finland, and biophilic design and its impact on the mental health and performance of building users will be discussed.  Acoustics and noise in the hospital environment is an important topic, whether noise is in regular wards or the ICU environment, low noise levels and appropriate acoustics are important for patient recovery, relieving pressure on beds and speeding recovery time. With the majority of Europe having regulations on noise levels in hospitals, the UK is lagging behind in not having regulations in force.  The conference also features exemplars of hospital planning, design and construction, one covering a brand-new hospital in Strasbourg, and the 10-year planning, design and build process involved, and another example of the integration of new and old healthcare buildings at a maternity and paediatric care facility in Italy.

Innovation shines a light on healthcare of the future, encompassing new technology that enables, enhances and facilitates energy saving, connectivity, clinical excellence, and safety testing. A session is included on connected healthcare, which looks at smart hospitals, where digital platforms for all systems can provide data to help integrate and improve systems, enhance efficiency and make savings.

The event is sponsored by Armitage Shanks and Bender and will feature exhibitors across a wide range of areas in healthcare:  plumbing, training, compliance, management, lighting, engineering, water management, infection control, fire, offsite construction, flooring, sanitary ware, security, doors, windows, ventilation, architecture, technology, and construction.

Exhibition Theatres

The 7 exhibition theatres give visitors plenty of opportunity to catch up on the latest products, regulations, and best practice with free content for all and relevant exhibitors providing solutions to the many topics discussed.

HVAC & Engineering Theatre – Sponsored by SolXEnergy, will focus on topics including gas safety, infection control, HVAC, waste management and many more will be covered in a theatre focused on technical content aimed at IHEEM members and their colleagues in the healthcare sector. Supported by: IHEEM, CIBSE and The Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE)

Infection Control and Water Theatre – The Water Management Society will host meetings and presentations focussed on water and infection control. The zone, our biggest in the exhibition, will play host to products and services designed to increase water safety and reduce infection risk in hospital environments. Exhibitors include; Delabie, Ari-Amaturen, Kemper and Steris Solutions The area and theatre is supported by: Closed Systems Control Association, Legionella Control Association, CIBSE, Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE), and The Water Management Society.

Design and Construction Theatre – The theatre features the latest project case studies, findings from post occupancy evaluation as well as the sharing of best practice in exemplar design and construction, the zone features key exhibitors including; IBI Group, Procure 22, P+HS Architects, Gradus and Tarkett making the area a ‘must attend’ by architects, contractors and clients. The theatre content is supported by: Architects for Health, Design in Mental Health Network and Procure 22. Exhibitors

Training, Staffing and Apprentice Zone – The Troup Bywaters + Anders team will be on hand with key industry representatives discussing their experiences with apprentices, benefits of the government apprentice scheme plus first hand examples from current and past apprentices.  There are significant changes on the horizon within the health sector, including the introduction of new roles and changes to how training will be funded. Many trusts are looking at NHS apprenticeships as a way of meeting the challenges that lie ahead. Supported by: IHEEM, National Apprenticeship Service, Apprenticeships Ambassador Network, TROUP BYWATERS +ANDERS and INVESTORS IN PEOPLE. Exhibitors in the zone include; Trade Skills 4U who offer the widest range of courses for the electrical trade in the UK. TClarke exhibiting in our Bitesize area offer one of the most highly sought after Apprenticeship Scheme regarded as one of the best in the UK in the construction and engineering industries.

Energy and Sustainability Theatre – In-depth content will be delivered by the Carbon and Energy Fund, which was specifically created to fund, facilitate and project manage complex energy infrastructure upgrades for the NHS. The Climate Change Act set legally binding targets for carbon reduction, and this zone will showcase the latest techniques & innovation in reducing the carbon footprint across the NHS, enabling it to meet its carbon reduction targets.  Supported by: The Carbon and Energy Fund, the zone also includes SHJ Medical Gas Specialists who are committed to developing energy saving systems for a cleaner environment, working with industry leaders in green technologies and Socomec, a specialist of safety, control, continuity, quality and efficiency of low voltage applications alongside major organisations like Siemens, Antas Energy Efficiency and Vital Energy.

Facilities Management Theatre – Sponsored by North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative the area focuses on issues that Facilities Management Personnel face on a day to day basis, including hard and soft FM. Sessions include an exploration of how current digital technology and methodologies can be exploited to maximise efficiencies when managing a Healthcare estate. The use of multiple technologies to deliver a simple, yet comprehensive asset management system for healthcare and The World’s First Antimicrobial IPS Unit To Contain Biocote Technology. The area is supported by: FM North & HEFMA. Exhibitors in the zone include; Howarth Air Technology – who since their development of the Ultra Clean Ventilation system, have been more closely associated with providing controlled clean air for operating theatres. BioClad is a global supplier of hygienic wall lining and vinyl flooring systems, Marlux Medical Ltd pioneered the world’s first disposable privacy curtains and continues to lead the way in infection control innovation and AVM Services who are decontamination specialists operating commercially within the Estates and Facilities department of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Fire and Security Theatre – Sponsored by Yeoman Shield, following numerous unprecedented disasters in recent times, there is an ever-growing demand to ensure fire safety and security in the public sector.  This theatre will present and promote the most recent solutions to fire safety needs. Speakers will be from a wide variety of fire & security companies and associations who have first-hand experience in tackling the complex issues faced within healthcare estates, including active & passive fire protection. Supported by: NAHFO. Exhibitors in the area include Xtralis, part of Honeywell, the leading global provider of powerful solutions for the early detection and visual verifications of smoke, fire, and gas threats. Other exhibitors in the area include Honeywell Gent and Johnson Controls.

Awards Dinner

The Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards Dinner takes place on Tuesday 8 October at The fabulous, iconic building, The Principal Manchester.

Principal Manchester is an unmistakable landmark in the city’s skyline, with its clock tower and striking Victorian architecture. A magnificent terracotta Grade II listed building, the hotel has a history dating back to 1890, when it first opened as The Refuge Assurance Company headquarters.

The awards ceremony and dinner will take place in the Grand Ballroom, with the pre-dinner drinks reception in the glorious Whitworth Rooms.  The Ballroom is the largest single hotel event space in the northwest of England, has its own dedicated private entrance, and its own private bar for post- awards ceremony celebrating and networking.

With an expected 600 guests attending the awards dinner, the night is a fantastic occasion, celebrating excellence and achievement in the industry. The dinner is a unique opportunity to network with the best in the healthcare sector: award winners and nominees, exhibition and conference attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, and to continue discussing the day’s topics whilst enjoying a luxurious 3 course meal with wine.

The After-Dinner speaker this year is Peter McDonald, who has been a Consultant General Surgeon at Northwick Park and St. Mark’s (NPM) since 1991.  Being a bowel surgeon, he has a well-developed sense of humour that gives his audience a glimpse into both the lighter, and occasionally, more serious side of being a consultant surgeon. Through witty anecdotes and stories, Peter will confirm that humour is the best medicine and that Voltaire was right when he wrote that “the purpose of medicine is to amuse while nature takes its course”.

Awards this year are in the following categories:

  • New Build Project of the year, sponsored by Bender
  • Refurbishment Project of the Year, sponsored by engie
  • Product Innovation, sponsored by SPIE
  • Architectural Practice of the Year, sponsored by Rockfon
  • Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Troup Bywaters+Anders
  • Sustainable Achievement, sponsored by bam
  • Estates and Facilities Team, sponsored by HEJ
  • Consultancy of the Year, sponsored by Texuna
  • IHEEM Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by IHEEM

How to register as a VIP?

VIPs are attendees either employed directly by the NHS or private medical provider, members of IHEEM or Architects for Health. VIPs are entitled to free access to the VIP area at Healthcare Estates, sponsored by Wandsworth Healthcare.  The VIP area has refreshments and seating for those important meetings with current and potential suppliers, VIPs are also entitled to free parking while they are at the venue – just get your parking ticket from the NCP car park underneath Manchester Central validated in the VIP area.

Registration is very easy with access to the exhibition and exhibition theatres free to all attendees, to register for the all areas, book a delegate place, or a seat at the dinner, please go to Register Now