Healthcare Estates 2019 Conference kicks off

The conference programme for Healthcare Estates 2019 is shaping up to be jam packed this year.  The event kicks off on October 8th with three keynote presentations.  Alasdair Coates, Chief Executive Officer of the Engineering Council will discuss the importance of Engineers in the UK, Engineering Council future CPD and professional requirements, and IHEEM/Engineering Council collaborative agendas.  Professor Michael Kagioglou, Dean of the University of Huddersfield will cover NHS Healthcare and Infrastructure Planning, and Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession NHS Estates and Facilities, NHS Improvement, will be the third Keynote speaker on the first day, discussing the Long Term Plan and EFM Division Objectives.  Sally Becker, “The Angel of Mostar”, will energise the plenary theatre on 9th October, with a motivational speech based on her experiences as an aid worked in war-torn Serbia in the early 1990s. The Keynote sessions will take place in the new plenary theatre on the exhibition floor.  For the first time at the event, this will be open to delegates, VIPS ((IHEEM members, Architects for Health members, and NHS employees), apprentices, and Exhibitors.  The Plenary theatre will also host a programme of content by IHEEM’s Diversity and Inclusion Group on the 8th of October, following the Plenary session;   Embracing Diversity and Inclusivity into your Engineering Future, 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.

The NHS Improvement Estates and Facilities Division will be facilitating a Critical Infrastructure Risk workshop on 9th October in collaboration with leading IHEEM subject specialists. This session is also 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.

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.    An interactive session, attendees will be asked for input on the following questions:

  • 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?

The plenary feature will also host a session of international case studies on 9th October, representing the best in hospital planning, design and maintenance, these are also free for delegates, exhibitors, speakers and visitors to attend

The conference this year will be held in the Cobden Rooms, which are at the front of the venue, and will be accessible via the exhibition.  The theme for this year is:  “Where Innovation, Technology and Leadership Meet”,  and this theme will be fulfilled by the four parallel conference sessions on Innovation, Planning Design and Construction, Strategy and Leadership, and Engineering and Facilities Management.


Sessions within these streams will cover topics including: planning, patient experience, hospital rebuild, procurement, smart hospitals, acoustics, access, healthy buildings, patient-centred design, case studies, cleaning, electrics, temperature control, energy saving, management, and ventilation.

The Healthcare dinner and awards has a real treat this year with guest speaker and presenter Peter McDonald

Being a bowel surgeon, Peter has a well-developed sense of humour that gives his audience a glimpse into both the lighter and, occasionally, more serious side of working in the NHS. Peter has been a Consultant Surgeon at Northwick Park & St. Mark’s Hospital for over two decades, and is a past President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Surgery Section, and of the St. Mark’s Association.

Consultant gastro-intestinal surgeon Peter McDonald tells great stories of the medical world as an insider in today’s NHS. He’s a favourite as an after-dinner speaker, funny, intelligent, informative, and authentic.

Peter writes and broadcasts on medicine and health and issues facing our National Health Service today. He’s well known on BBC radio and writes for national newspapers in the UK. Peter published the novel A Trust in Conflict under nom de plume of Dr Slop and is the author of The Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations. A Ride in Middle England describes his long distance journey on horseback – also the subject of a documentary series on Sky TV.

Peter McDonald has also served as Honorary Editor of the Royal Society of Medicine and is a past Secretary of the Section of Surgery at the Royal Society of Medicine. Peter is Chairman of the Medical Staff Committee at Northwick Park and is Sub-Dean at St. Mark’s, a specialist bowel hospital in Harrow.

Peter will also present the Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards that recognise and award excellence in the latest innovations from the leading names in the healthcare sector. The Awards are judged by experts with extensive experience and achievements within the NHS and commercial healthcare sector.

The deadline for entry is the 3 June 2019. The awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday 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.

Set to be the biggest event in its history, Healthcare Estates takes place on 8-9 October at Manchester Central, with an expected 240+ exhibitors and over 4,500 attendees, this year see’s the event focus on Fund, Design, Build, Manage & Maintain and each day will open with a Keynote presentations. Healthcare Estates is also hosting the the IFHE conference and including content to attract an international delegation.

Conference Streams – Within the three conference streams: Strategy & Leadership; Engineering and Facilities Management; Innovation, and Planning Design and Construction. The organisers have a reduced rate on offer until the 30th June. Your conference delegate place gives you access to all the conference sessions over the 2 day event plus lunch and refreshments. You also receive free entry to the exhibition

To register for either the conference or dinner go to the event website at or contact the organisers on 01892 518877