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Celebrating 75 years of IHEEM and what the future holds

Healthcare Estates is only a matter of weeks away, and preparations for the celebration of IHEEM’s 75th anniversary are really ‘hotting’ up.  The conference this year will begin with something a little bit different – 70 Years of the NHS, 75 Years of IHEEM – a Look Back in Time, will dramatise the healthcare events of the last 70-75 years, to celebrate IHEEM’s anniversary, and also to mark the milestone 70th birthday of the NHS.  The conference theme of the anniversary is “Our Heritage, Your Future”, and the future is indeed looking exciting, with new technology, innovation, and streamlining of processes and working methodology in the NHS, to save money, increase efficiency, and enhance and improve the patient experience and patient care.

The conference will be opened by outgoing IHEEM President Pete Sellars, and Keynote presentations will start with an address from Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession NHS Estates and Facilities, NHS Improvement. The second Keynote presentation from Nick Hulme, Chief Executive for East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, STP Lead for Suffolk and North East Essex STP will be followed by a panel discussion including the Keynote speakers, and Rose Gallagher, Professional Lead Infection Prevention and Control, Royal College of Nursing.

Day 2’s Keynote presentation is from Dr Hyaatun Sillem, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Engineering, and will be preceded by a presentation by Kim Philips from Eta Projects, that is aligned to one of IHEEM’s initiatives, in discussing women in engineering, and a new initiative to enhance diversity and equality in healthcare engineering, and the role of the apprentice.

The conference is divided into three parallel streams that run across both days of the event; Strategy and Leadership, Engineering and Facilities Management, and Planning, Design and Construction.    “On day 2 NHSI will hosting a 2-hour Estates and Facilities Surgery focused on the future of the NHS Estate. The surgery is being led by the national team and will give delegates an insight into the national landscape; a conduit to actively contribute toward shaping the national programmes going forward and focused time with the National work-streams leads. The team are also uniquely offering bookable one-to-one consultations with NHS Estates and Facilities staff over the entire two days. These are bookable on the NHSI collaboration hub or visit them on stand H42 in the Apprentices in Healthcare area, opposite the theatre. “Fiona Daly, Sustainability Lead at NHS Improvement, Hospital & Health Care

Within the parallel conference streams, Day 1 of the conference is subdivided to cover the following themes:  Strategy; Sustainability; Procurement, Risk and Funding; Energy; Well Buildings; Light in Healthcare Environments; and a module each from Architects for Health and ProCure 22.  ProCure 22 are featuring Design for Efficient Operation, and Architects for Health will be running a panel session on Procuring Design.

The conference on the 10 October will cover: Technology, both for operational efficiency, and patient treatment; Compliance, Regeneration and Planning; Design for Clinical Service; and Safety and the Built Environment.

There are more NHS Trusts represented on the speaker panel than ever before, discussing projects, initiatives, and case studies in their working environment.  The topics are diverse and include linking public transport for easier hospital access, managing the estates property and land holdings, reducing energy consumption through a rolling programme of sustainable behaviour change, introducing new technology to improve workflow, building refurbishment, and state of the art treatment technology, and the building, planning, and management required to deliver that new treatment.  All the estates professionals delivering these presentations have invaluable first-hand experience of the projects that they have been involved in at their Trust.

Healthcare Estates is the pre-eminent opportunity for Estates professionals to learn from their peers, share ideas and solutions, and network across the profession.

Registration is open, with a special ‘early bird’ booking rate available until the end of August, and hour-long modules of conference available to book as separate conference units.

Opening Times & Key Events*

Taking place on 9 and 10 October at Manchester Central, Healthcare Estates Exhibition is open from 08.45 through to 18.00 on Day 1 and 08.45 to 16.00 on Day 2. The IHEEM Conference starts on Day 1 at 09.15 and 09.30 on day 2.

The Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards dinner takes place at the Mercure Hotel, Manchester on 9 October from 19.00 until late.

Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards Dinner. Former Danish International who spent 12 years in midfield with Liverpool and also played for Ajax, Barnsley and Norwich City, Jan Mølby was hailed by former Liverpool manager and team-mate Kenny Dalglish as “one of the finest midfield players of his generation” commonly known to Liverpool fans as Big Jan or the Great Dane, Jan was a contemporary in the celebrated Ajax youth academy, with Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Jesper Olsen. He also came under the influence of Dutch master Johann Cruyff.


Mølby was signed by Liverpool boss Joe Fagan for £225,000 in August 1984, following the departure of Graeme Souness. The fee was a bargain for one of the most successful of English football’s foreign imports, who combined subtlety and power. Mølby’s passing, long or short, was wonderfully measured. Spending most of his Anfield career in the centre circle, his vision and technique more than made up for his lack of mobility and negligible turning circle.

He was also an expert penalty taker; scoring 42 spot kicks, and in November 1986 earned a niche in the record books with a penalty hat trick against Coventry in the League Cup.

Mølby made 52 appearances in Liverpool’s League and FA Cup double season of 1985/86 before playing for Denmark in the World Cup Finals in Mexico. He won a second title medal in 1990 and another FA Cup medal in 1992. Although twice on the verge of moves (to Barcelona and Everton) he became the first foreigner to serve 10 years with one English club before becoming Swansea player boss in 1996.

He now works in the media for television and radio as a co-commentator at live football games, a regular football pundit for Radio5 Live and TV commentator for Danish TV3 Jan is also a mean Poker player and regularly plays in professional events, listening to a Dane with a scouse accent coupled with interesting stories from the glory days at Liverpool he has become one of the most sought after football personalities on the After Dinner Speaking Circuit.  

Dedicated VIP area sponsored by Wandsworth Healthcare – To ensure healthcare visitors get maximum value from attending this year’s show, qualifying visitors from NHS Trusts, the Department of Health, private healthcare providers, hospices, care homes, the primary care sector, and Clinical Commissioning Groups, will be offered a ‘VIP package’ that will cover the costs of parking and refreshments on site, with a dedicated area within the venue to network with colleagues and meet with key suppliers exhibiting at the show. Event director, Steve Webb, said: “If requested, we will help plan your day, set up meetings with suppliers, and can even help find accommodation and places to eat.  If you think you qualify, and would like more information, call our Dionne Radford from our VIP registration team on 01892 518877, or visit www.healthcare-estates.com and ‘register now’ to be upgraded. Look out for the ticket; if you haven’t received yours, contact the organisers email: healthcare@stepex.com.”

Event director, Steve Webb, said: “Healthcare Estates is always a great opportunity to debate some of the healthcare estates management and healthcare engineering sector’s most pressing concerns, and this year’s conference will focus particularly on the future. The conference programmes three streams, Strategy & Leadership, Engineering & Facilities Management, Planning, Design & Construction will focus very much on the future, new technology, innovation, and streamlining of processes and working methodology in the NHS, to save money, increase efficiency, and enhance and improve the patient experience and patient care.

Delegates can also book individual modules over the conference’s two days for £50+VAT per module. These can be booked from the 31st August in advance or on site, subject to availability. Conference delegate places give free entry to the exhibition.

The Design and Construction in Healthcare theatre and zone is a ‘must attend’ by architects, contractors and clients as it features the latest project case studies, findings from post occupancy evaluation as well as the sharing of best practice in exemplar design and construction. Supported by Architects for Health, Design in Mental Health Network, ProCure22 and Construction Industry Council/ Design Quality Indicator, the area brings together some of the key names in the sector including WorkSpace (Scotland) LLP on Stand: F5, WorkSpace has grown into a nationwide FF&E manufacturer and supplier involved in some of the most prestigious healthcare and public-sector projects across the UK. Their healthcare portfolio includes a wide range or projects and clients including primary care, mental health, acute and private healthcare. Also exhibiting are Cambridge Sound Management

On Stand: F20, Cambridge Sound Management will present their sound masking solutions. Sound masking is the process of adding a low level, unobtrusive background sound to an environment to cover up excess speech noise. Sound masking is typically introduced to an environment through speakers installed in the ceiling.

The theatre will present a number of case studies demonstrating the case for appropriate, thoughtful design for healthcare buildings with very different uses – Day 1 includes a presentation on Chase Farm Hospital by the IBI Group. From a standing start, the scheme has taken just four years from the acquisition of the Chase Farm site in July 2014 by the NHS Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust to a planned opening in autumn 2018. This presentation will outline the hospital’s complexities, and a truly collaborative working ethic between disciplines which has allowed delivery of such a complex building at unprecedented speed within the NHS. Designed as the new ‘ heart’ of the Chase Farm redevelopment briefed to offer a level of service and ambience more like a ’hotel’ than a hospital it is one of the newest and most digitally advanced hospitals in the NHS, with only the third ‘barn theatre’ built in this country.

Day 2 sees sessions on Person centred inclusive design, how consultation dictated the design of the Caudwell International Children Centre (CICC). A centre developed for children with disabilities, especially autism. Achieving service user defined priorities led to design problem solving and a specific focus on acoustics to create a flexible approach to the physical environment. Every element of the building’s design was examined against the specific needs of the users, including door hinges and windows.

Apprentices in Healthcare supported and sponsored by Troup Bywater & Anders, the National Apprenticeship Service and Investors in People highlights the importance of apprentices coming into the sector. Bringing in new talent is a perennial challenge for IHEEM and the sector as a whole, and the importance of apprentices to the future of healthcare engineering and estate management will be a major theme throughout Healthcare Estates 2018. The number of young people starting apprenticeships has dropped by 28% compared with twelve months ago, despite the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy, according to figures released by the Department for Education. Last year IHEEM President, Peter Sellars, set out one of his key ‘visions’ for the Institute with a major focus on the importance of attracting and retaining a new generation of engineers and good succession planning. The ‘Apprentice Today Leaders Tomorrow’ area within the exhibition will offer clinics, with participation from professionals who began their own career as apprentices. Engineering professions need a flood of new entrants into the healthcare sector at all levels. Many trusts are looking at NHS apprenticeships as a way of meeting the challenges that lie ahead. Apprenticeship and traineeship programmes can be a cost-effective way to create a skilled, flexible and motivated workforce and can help employees keep pace with developments in technology and working practices within healthcare*. *Information from www.nhsemployers.org

Fire & Security in Healthcare, our newest zone, aims to present and promote the most recent solutions to the ever growing demand to ensure fire safety and security in the public sector following numerous unprecedented disasters in recent times. Our speakers will be from a wide variety of fire & security companies/associations who have first-hand experience in tackling the complex issues faced within healthcare estates, including active & passive fire protection.

Delegate bookings are being taken for the conference, with early booking advised to guarantee your place. There are special rates for IHEEM members, NHS employees, and ‘VIP’s, who qualify for one and two-day concessions, with savings of up to £180 for a two-day place booked online. Apprentices, trainees, students, and retired employees, also qualify for one and two-day discounts. Conference director, Victoria Emerton, said: “Delegates booking one and two-day passes will receive a full pack, including a delegate bag, conference programme with delegate details, speaker profiles and details of the sessions, full catering including tea/coffee on arrival, midmorning break, VIP lunch, afternoon break and, at the end of the first day, complimentary drinks. Delegates also get access to the VIP area, giving them complimentary catering all day and meeting space, and qualify for discounted dinner tickets at the annual Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards Dinner.

Making the best use of your time “With time factored into the conference programme to network and meet new contacts in the exhibition, visiting Healthcare Estates is a fantastically efficient use of time away from the office, with CPD-accredited learning, the chance to network with peers, and to see some of the best products and services available to the sector, plus the prestigious IHEEM dinner and awards,”

Steve Webb, Show Director said, “This year’s exhibition will provide delegates with a focal point for discussions during breaks in the conference – over 220 companies will be demonstrating the latest technologies, products, and services. The exhibition also features product demonstrations and discussions on the six theatres, including two new theatres, ‘Infection Control’ and ‘Fire & Security’. The Energy & Sustainability theatre will showcase the latest techniques & innovation in reducing the carbon footprint across the NHS, allowing the NHS to meet its legal targets set out in the Climate Change Act. In-depth content will also be delivered by the Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF), specifically created to fund, facilitate and project manage complex energy infrastructure upgrades for the NHS.

Conference director, Victoria Emerton, said: “With so much content, and two days of invaluable networking, the conference offers real value for money for those working hard to improve their Trust’s performance. With the added benefit of six theatres on the exhibition floor offering free content, Healthcare Estates is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with the latest developments, and to speak to industry colleagues and a range of experts about the solutions available.”

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