“Innovation and Technology” are the buzz words around this year’s Healthcare Estates, being run for this year in collaboration with the International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE) Europe. IHEEM is proud to be hosting the IFHE at the event, and Healthcare Estates will be an international hub of peer-to-peer idea exchanges, with visitors, delegates, and speakers expected from the 14 countries that are members of IFHE Europe and countries from around the World as part of the International delegation. A “compare and contrast” approach across the conference and exhibition theatre programmes will highlight the very best in hospital design, management, and maintenance across Europe and beyond, and discussion on best practice, innovation, and more efficient ways of providing patient care, will provide delegates with tangible solutions to issues in their hospitals.
The exhibition has a new look this year with the main conference plenary sessions taking place in a large purpose built theatre on the exhibition floor, keynote addresses and industry presentations will be available to delegates and VIP visitors. The organisers, Step Exhibitions, are also promising new areas to appeal to more sectors within healthcare. HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) is one of these new areas with a dedicated theatre as the importance of creating the right conditions for patient recovery and recuperation forms an essential part of any healthcare institution’s remit. The high volume of people coming and going into healthcare buildings requires heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that reflect the needs of each establishment, in order to maintain good air quality and the right environment for patients and members of staff alike. Alongside user-friendly energy controls that are key to keeping the systems running smoothly and effectively, suppliers to the sector will be able to discuss their ideas, solutions and products in the HVAC & Engineering purpose built theatre as well as showcase their organisations by exhibiting within the dedicated area.
Other areas in the exhibition for 2019 include: Design & Construction in Healthcare incorporating the Design & Construction Theatre, key exhibitors already confirmed include; Zarges (UK), Geberit Sales, Turner & Townsend, Rockwool and IBI Group. Working closely with Architects for Health, BIM4Health and P22 the area is always a key attraction for architects, planners, designers and trusts looking at new designs, refurbishments and modernisation. Fire & Security in Healthcare will be bigger this year after a successful launch in 2018, supported by NAHFO and the Fire Protection Association the area offers free content looking at fire rated door protection systems, Managing Fire Safety – Compliance & Competency and ‘how technology can improve fire safety compliance in a healthcare environment’, key exhibitors already booked in include; Johnson Controls, SI Sealy and Apollo Fire.
Training, staffing and apprenticeships will look at the impact of Brexit on the NHS and the recruitment of staff to the sector with an emphasis on recruiting, diversity and inclusion in the NHS. As well as the dedicated area sponsored by Troup Bywaters & Anders, the impact of Brexit on the NHS and public policy will be a major focus in 2019. With the involvement of our International colleagues, IFHE, Key factors to be debated include the state of the UK government’s finances which will be crucial in determining future health provision as there are likely to be further pressures on public-service funding more broadly from a hit to economic growth caused by Brexit.
The UK’s decision to leave the EU has not created the funding pressures on the NHS, but it is likely to exacerbate them. Brexit is also likely to worsen existing staff shortages, potentially reducing service quality. There has already been a fall in the number of EU-origin nurses, attributed at least in part to uncertainty about their future status. Training and staffing will form a key part of the programme with an emphasis on engineering and the importance of attracting women into engineering and the NHS. The main theatre will include inspirational speakers who will discuss other industries who have attracted women and diverse groups to their sectors – how this worked and how the engineering sector can appeal to these groups. More details will be revealed over the coming months as the programme takes shape.
The exhibition takes place over two days in Manchester in October on the 8th & 9th October and attracts over 4,500 attendees with many attending both days.
Senior representatives from the NHS, Private sector and businesses working in the sector come to Manchester for the biggest showcase of products and services in the UK Healthcare sector. IHEEM’s conference and dinner takes place alongside the Healthcare Estates Exhibition. This year sees the dinner move to The Principal Manchester offering a beautiful venue for networking and dining with colleagues, guests or customers.
The organisers want to make sure all NHS Trusts and specifically those people working in Estates, Facilities, Security, Fire, Training, Energy and construction come along to the event in 2019. Steve Webb, from organisers Step Exhibitions said, “Healthcare Estates offers so much content, with six dedicated areas each area with theatres offering free content, advice clinics and over 240 exhibiting companies, Healthcare Estates offers a fabulous opportunity to those working in hospitals in the estates departments the opportunity to hear from key groups like NHSi, P22, IHEEM, SophE (part of CIBSE), and others. In 2019 we are running a ‘bring a colleague’ campaign, encouraging those who already attend and enjoy the event to bring someone they work with along with them. If they are a VIP (working in NHS or an IHEEM member) their guest will also be made a VIP for the day they visit entitling them to free car parking, complimentary tea and coffee, a dedicated area for meetings and to catch up with colleagues plus special rates for becoming a delegate in the conference. The conference delegate rates are reduced significantly up to the 30th June so booking early is recommended.
The conference programme will encompass four parallel streams; Strategy & Leadership, Planning Design and Construction, Engineering and Facilities Management, and Innovation. Presentation submissions for the conference are invited from all healthcare sector professionals, in any one of the wide array of topics covered at the conference, including: Asset Management, BIM, Clinical Excellence, Efficiency, Energy, Funding, Innovation, Lighting, New Technology, Procurement, Planning, Regeneration, Safety, Sustainability. Submit via this page