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Come, see and hear some of the best examples of innovation at Healthcare Estates 2014

Healthcare Estates offers a myriad of ideas, new innovations, leading edge products and brings together many of the leading personalities in the healthcare industry.

The exhibition, conference, dinner and awards has developed into the foremost event of its kind and 2014 promises to give visitors and delegates  a whole host of ideas to take home with them. The theme of this year’s programme is ‘quality in the patient environment’ and the conference has been framed around four key aspects – Energy, Estates & Facilities, Planning Design & Construction and Engineering, with a range of subjects being delivered by respected and knowledgeable experts. Supporting the conference, the exhibition features more than 200 companies featuring new products and services, many highlighted in this preview.


New research projects will help hospitals reduce carbon emissions

Energy features heavily at Healthcare Estates with a dedicated stream on both days in the main conference and a theatre providing complimentary content on the exhibition floor. Against a world backdrop of increased concerns about energy security, price fluctuations and, of course, the need to address climate change; the organisers are working closely with the Carbon Energy Fund (CEF) and BRE and key speakers to address the issue. Peter Sellars will be delivering an opening address on ‘How can Estates and Facilities Contribute towards a sustainable NHS – assuring compliance whilst managing emerging priorities and improving efficiency. On the back of the announcement of six new projects aimed at gaining a fuller understanding of how energy is managed in the country’s non-domestic buildings, Healthcare Estates delivers 9 hours of content in this important area.

Funded with £3m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and carried out on behalf of the Research Councils UK Energy Programme (RCUKEP), the research will address how to use technology, data and information, mathematics, law and sociology to create better energy strategies and behaviours in public buildings, including hospitals and health centres.

Non-domestic buildings currently account for approximately 18% of UK carbon emissions and 13% of final energy consumption, with the NHS being the biggest contributor overall.

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s chief executive, said: “Improving energy efficiency is an important piece of the energy puzzle. Worldwide energy demand is rising, as are global temperatures and sea levels. We need to find smart solutions to how we use energy while improving the environment in which people have to work, rest or play.

“These projects will go a long way to help improve our understanding of what goes on in non-domestic buildings and add to the armoury at the disposal of those managing these facilities.”

The new projects will be run at Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, University of Southampton and the University of Strathclyde.

Examples of companies working in healthcare include ENER-G (stand G53), with a project by East Cheshire NHS Trust to transform its energy infrastructure across two hospitals which will shrink its carbon footprint by approximately 30% while delivering guaranteed cost savings of £2.5m over 15 years.

East Cheshire has appointed UK specialist, ENER-G, to undertake the project, utilising the Carbon and Energy Fund framework, funding, process and contract.

Robert Few, head of estates operations for East Cheshire NHS Trust, said: “By generating our own energy supply onsite at Macclesfield District General Hospital via CHP we will dramatically reduce our dependence on higher-cost power sourced from the grid while boosting our environmental performance. The modern new energy infrastructure will be paid for via the cost savings we make, with any surplus savings retained by the trust.”

Alan Barlow, managing director of ENER-G Combined Power, added: “We are delighted to work with East Cheshire NHS Trust to help it reduce its carbon footprint and save money on energy. As specialists in CHP, we are developing a bespoke system for Macclesfield District General Hospital that will achieve more than double the efficiency of its existing energy supplies. We are experienced in delivering complex energy management projects in the healthcare sector, having partnered with more than 50 hospitals.”

ENER-G has also partnered with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust to supply a combined heat and power (CHP) and district heating system at the hospital. This technology is generating the majority of the hospital’s heating and low-temperature hot water requirements and a third of its electricity needs. In addition, the district heating scheme is feeding hot water and heating to its spinal treatment centre and day surgery unit, located in separate buildings.

Other companies in the Energy zone include; Sabien Technology, Dalkia, Enviropharm Climate Energy and Sentinel.

The Government has unveiled its latest construction forecast, with the healthcare sector expected to benefit to the tune of nearly £3.2billion.


Planning, Design & Construction is proving to be one of the most popular streams in the conference and this year sees a host of areas covered including an update on the ‘New procurement regulations, new collaborative opportunities and how design teams and NHS clients can work together…’ which includes real examples of smarter ways to procure services.

The organisers have also announced that David Whiteley, Chief Engineer and Programme Lead for the Department of Health has confirmed he will present the new version of the NHS Premises Assurance Model (PAM). David hopes to bring along some NHS users to present their experience of using PAM. PAM is a management tool that provides NHS organisations with a way of assessing how safely and efficiently they run their estate and facilities services. It provides a nationally consistent approach to evaluating NHS estates and facilities performance against a common set of questions and metrics. It is a basis for providing assurance on the safety and suitability of healthcare premises.

There is also a new area, the Construction Industry Council & BIM Area. This area will have workshops, software demonstrations, networking events, case studies, and BIM specific sessions. Companies involved include ADP Architects and Architects for Health.

Supporting the area, the Contractors & Architects Theatre will feature leading architectural firms, including Stantec (F12) and ADP plus contractors who will showcase recent and current projects.

Exhibitors in the Contractors & Architects area include; Sika Roofing (stand F17), alongside Sika Flooring stand on (G19), Mark Bushell, national sales manager for flooring and refurbishment at Sika, said: “The introduction of our seamless flooring ranges signals an exciting new era in commercial flooring design and installation. We’ve listened to the needs of our customers and have developed an impressive alternative to traditional sheet vinyl, lino, tile and timber flooring solutions. The Decorative and Comfort Floor ranges are simple to apply, and leave nothing to desire from a technical, practical or aesthetic regard. They can even be refreshed to further extend the lifecycle”.

Other exhibitors in the area include POD Living (stand G21), Dunwoody Group (H14), D&B Facades (H12), Polar NE on stand (F5), Mach-Aire (G15), Rentavent (F10).

The three dedicated theatres on the exhibition floor at Healthcare Estates provide complimentary presentations to visitors, which were described last year by an NHS Estates Manager as ‘compelling stuff, my whole team should be here to listen to how the industry is changing and at a rapid pace’.

Estates & Facilities Management and Engineering complete the streams while on the exhibition floor Static Systems help solve issues around bed spaces in hospitals, which traditionally are a complicated maze of wires, cables and other high-tech equipment, which is vital to the smooth running of services, as well as to the wellbeing and recovery of patients. Without trunking solutions, however, this vital technology would be on show, with the risk of it being damaged; or, worse still, staff, visitors or patients being injured. – Static Systems (C5) are one of a number of companies offering new solutions.  A spokesman commented “It is interesting to look back just a few years when we were encouraged by our product design teams to include design lines on our trunking extrusions. Nowadays it is all about smooth profiles and close-fitting plates.”

The two day exhibition and conference is complimented with the IHEEM annual awards dinner which this year takes place at the stunning Mercure Hotel which seats 600 guests. This year the after dinner speaker is, Fabrice Muamba, who famously suffered a heart attack playing for Bolton at White Hart Lane against Spurs. His heart stopped beating for 78 mins, but remarkably he recovered to tell his tale – Fabrice was a refugee from Congo who despite coming to the country with no English at 7, went on to gain 10 GCSEs and 3 A Levels before embarking on his football career.

Exhibition – ‘free to attend’

Nearly 200 companies will be displaying a fantastic array of products and services this year. The 7th & 8th October promises to be a fascinating two days for visitors with so many changes impacting on all areas of healthcare.

Hospitals will be able to see where they are lagging behind and could do better, with advice from many of the leading companies in the sector helping healthcare providers learn from the best hospitals and suppliers, with a number of the sessions focused on real examples of successes in the sector.

Picture of this years ticket

HCE14_Conference_Prog_front pageTickets are widely available for the exhibition and our free to visitors. Healthcare Estates organisers, Step Exhibitions have made thousands of complimentary tickets available to potential visitors to the exhibition. With a range of benefits for pre-registered visitors, complimentary sessions, VIP status to key people in the sector and the ability to book appointments with key companies once registered the organisers have once again upped the importance of this crucial annual event for those working in the sector.

Look out for your ticket, if you haven’t received yours, contact the organisers on 01892 518877 or email: healthcare@stepex.com

The exhibition provides visitors with an opportunity to find out about the latest changes and implications for you and your teams. For estates and facilities departments, architects, consulting engineers, construction companies, suppliers and others directly involved in managing estates and facilities the exhibition, features and conference is critical to helping you run your organisation.

The exhibition brings together suppliers and customers in the largest gathering of the UK healthcare sector. Face-to-face, visitors and suppliers have the opportunity to make practical decisions while considering the feel of the product together with the knowledge of the supplier. With most of the key suppliers and organisations servicing the healthcare sector in the same place, you can compare every aspect of products and service available

More products – offering more choice

The range of products on offer at Healthcare Estates ensure you make the right decision, Healthcare Estates exhibition provides you with every opportunity to see products demonstrated, essential in an industry where actually touching or using the product is part of the buying process.

With the whole industry together, Healthcare Estates an exhibition where customers and suppliers rub shoulders with their peers, competitors and future suppliers and employers is invaluable.

Visitors to Healthcare Estates will also benefit from discussions around the hottest topics of the moment and you can learn the latest methods to deal with specific issues you encounter in your job. Lots of companies invest in training on a regular basis, but there is nothing better than learning from experts and highly experience speakers.

Healthcare Estates is open from 8.45 am each morning, Manchester is one of the most accessible places from most parts of the UK, and the easiest city to travel around.

Virgin tickets offer

Booking your train ticket today could save you a lot of money, and once in Manchester we are a just short walk from Piccadilly station and surrounded by hotels and facilities to make your visit worthwhile. Working closely with Virgin trains, the organisers are able to offer a discount to visitors and delegates, keeping the cost of attending to an absolute minimum. To qualify for the discount please use the discount password HE2014 when booking your travel.

And for visitors travelling by car, VIP’s (those working for NHS Trusts, Private hospitals and health centres benefit from complimentary parking on site. The VIP experience will be made all the more pleasurable with sponsorship from Wandsworth Group who will provide VIP’s with a range of benefits including complimentary tea and coffee on site.

Entrance to the exhibition is complimentary and registration couldn’t be simpler, online at www.healthcare-estates.com/register_now The exhibition is attended by many professionals involved in the sector; management from the department of health, NHS estates, facilities, sustainability and procurement professionals, managers and buyers for private hospitals, nursing and care homes. You will also be mixing with visitors and exhibitors from NHS Trusts, Primary care, Ambulance trusts, mental trusts, care trusts, foundation hospitals, architects, consultants, main contractors, developers and government bodies and agencies.

Healthcare Estates features over 200 leading companies, showcasing the latest technologies, equipment and services specifically designed to improve healthcare environments and the patient experience. So make Healthcare Estates a date in your diary, we look forward to seeing you there.

For more information contact:

Michelle Michelucci or Sarah Worwood on 01892 518877 or email: healthcare@stepex.com

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