A ‘feast of international expertise’ promised

The IHEEM Conference Committee have deliberated, cogitated, and intellectually digested; over 130 presentation submissions from around the World were put forward for the Healthcare Estates conference this year. With the theme: “Where Innovation, Technology and Leadership Meet” it’s going to be a feast of international and UK-based expertise, guidance, case studies, and technical excellence.

The conference has a new look to it this year, with a main Keynote plenary theatre on the exhibition floor, and conference sessions being held in the Cobden rooms, which are located towards the front of the building, and accessed through the exhibition hall. Simon Corben, Director, and Head of Profession, NHS Estates and Facilities Efficiency & Productivity Division is a confirmed Keynote speaker at the event, speaking about the Long Term Plan & EFM Division Objectives. All Keynote sessions are available to delegates, exhibitors, and VIPs (IHEEM members, Architects for Health members, and NHS employees), as well as Apprentices who are invited as guests of the organisers and sponsors TB&A.

Four conference streams; Planning Design and Construction, Strategy and Leadership, Engineering and Facilities Management, are complemented by an additional session solely focussing on international case studies and best practice from countries as diverse as the Falkland Islands, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Canada, The USA and Italy. Topics under discussion in the conference are many and varied, and will include procurement, modular building, improving emergency care, and land disposal. New technology features in most streams, contributing to the Estate of the Future, acoustics, hospital design, ventilation and air quality, and energy saving. Updates on HTMs will be presented, as well as topical subjects such as energy saving, outsourcing, decontamination, and sustainability.

IHEEM have recognised there is a need to drive diversity and inclusion with the NHS Estates and as a result, the diversity and inclusion group was formed in 2017. The current members are the Chair, Dr Manju Patel from NHS Grampian, Claire Hennessy from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Kim Phillips from Eta Projects Ltd, and more recently, Duane Passman from Brighton & Sussex University.

The Diversity & Inclusion Group are passionate that IHEEM is seen as a Leader in addressing the challenge that the Diversity & Inclusion agenda brings to an Organisation, and this year are spearheading the agenda with a focus on promoting and raising the profile of women in Health Engineering and Health Building Construction. The aim of the Diversity and Inclusion Group is to consolidate their activities by hosting a Diversity & Inclusion Session: Embracing Diversity and Inclusivity into your Engineering Future, on the first day of Healthcare Estates 2019, with a number of inspirational speakers, including Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO of Women Engineering Society, and Suzie Mertes, Honoured with QPM, Superintendent, Police Scotland, and Fiona Daly from NHSI. This session will be held in the main plenary theatre within the exhibition hall following the Keynote session, and will be available for all delegates, exhibitors, speakers and visitors to attend.

Also, on the second day of the event, the NHS Improvement Estates and Facilities Division will be facilitating a Critical Infrastructure Risk workshop in collaboration with leading IHEEM subject specialists. The workshop will be led by Adrian Eggleton, Director and EFM Operational Lead, NHS Estates and Facilities Efficiency and Productivity Division, and Jo Dolby, Commercial Lead, NHSI. The workshop will pose two questions to the delegates to inform strategy and operations going forward:

  • Are current Backlog definitions fit for purpose; and if not, how can we improve them?
  • Recognising that there is Critical Infrastructure Risk in the NHS Estate, how do we manage that risk, ensuring patient safety and minimising impact on service delivery?

This session will be held in the main plenary theatre within the exhibition, and is open to all delegates, exhibitors, speakers, and visitors, and is an opportunity for participants to understand Critical Infrastructure Risk; how we operationally manage that risk in our hospitals; and help inform how we design fit for purpose definitions and data collections in the future.

NHSI will also have a stand in the exhibition, which will again be hosting Trust surgeries, and this will be staffed by the EFM regional Leads, Strategic Estates Planners and subject specialists.

Registration is now open
Visitors and delegates can now register for Healthcare Estates and start planning their trip to Manchester in October. Event organisers, Step Exhibitions said, ‘we have even more opportunities for visitors and vip’s to engage will all aspects of the event. The main theatre located on the exhibition floor will feature a host of keynote and industry specific presentations which will be open to our VIP guests as well as delegates attending the event. Qualification for VIP status is automatic for IHEEM members as well as members of Architects for Health, P22 and those working for the NHS and related sectors. To find out more on VIP status register online or for more info call the organisers, Dionne Radford, VIP Coordinator on 01892 518877.
Visitors to the event will also be able to enjoy a host of complimentary content in one of the seven Exhibition theatres:

  • Infection Control and Water Theatre
  • HVAC and Engineering
  • Design and Construction
  • Fire and Security
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Facilities Management
  • Training Clinic

All programmes are free for all to attend, and will have programmes of content to help event visitors with their day to day practical challenges, as well as information on new products and services appropriate to Healthcare Estate Management.

Awards – Enter Now
Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards are now open for entries, with a record number of entrants last year the awards recognise excellence to the leading names in the healthcare sector and award the best innovations for the healthcare sector. The Awards are judged by experts with extensive experience and achievements within the NHS and commercial healthcare sector.

Award categories are:

  • New Build Project of the Year – This award recognises the project team that has successfully delivered a new build project in the past 12 months
    Refurbishment Project of the Year – This award recognises the project team that has successfully delivered a refurbishment project in the past 12 months
    Product Innovation – This award recognises a new product brought to the market within the last 18 months. Always a fiercely competitive category we received some fantastic entries this year.
  • Architectural Practice of the Year – This award is sponsored by Rockfon and recognises an architectural practice who have demonstrated outstanding work in the healthcare sector over the last 12 months.
  • Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Troup Bywaters & Anders, the award invites entries from apprentices’ at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree level with all those shortlisted invited to attend Healthcare Estates as guests of the sponsors and organisers and attend the prestigious awards dinner on the Tuesday evening.
    Sustainable achievement – sponsored by BAM the award recognises the organisation or team that has made the best use of innovative technology and sustainable practices to reduce its project’s carbon footprint. The judges will look at specific initiatives, supporting documents including the EPC, BREEAM rating and sustainability statements, and the benefits to both client and the environment.
  • Estates & Facilities Team of the year – is made to a team working in the healthcare sector who can demonstrate outstanding achievement, performance and delivery of estates and facilities services.
  • Consultancy of the Year – Criteria: This award recognises a multi-disciplinary consultancy or construction consultants (including building or quantity surveyors and project management companies) who have demonstrated outstanding work in the healthcare sector over the last 12 months.
  • IHEEM Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by IHEEM is awarded to a member of the Institute who has given long service to the Healthcare Industry whether within the NHS or in the Private Sector and has made a significant contribution to their particular specialist field.

The entry Deadline for all categories is the 3 June 2019, the awards Ceremony will take place on 8 October at the historic and striking venue – The Principal Hotel, Manchester. The ceremony and dinner will provide an excellent opportunity to network with the major names in the industry.

Entrants will be advised if they have been Shortlisted by 1 July 2019. Special rates for places and tables will be available for all individuals and companies entering the awards.