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The NHS spends more than £3,700 every minute for privately financed hospitals. The bill for privately financed finance initiatives (PFI) hospital schemes will hit £2 billion for the first time this year. The cash paid is for private companies as part of an annual payment fee for building and operating new hospitals as well as developing old ones.

All bar one of the hospital PFI deals were signed by Labour governments between 1997 and 2010 with the intention of moving the cost of big projects out of government borrowing figures but (according to the Telegraph newspaper) will mean the NHS faces a £22 billion black hole over the next five years.

A further £1 billion could be saved by the NHS in England by 2019-20 simply through improved procurement of everyday goods, according to a recent government review. The review carried out by Lord Carter (Keynote speaker at the Healthcare Estates IHEEM conference this year), found huge discrepancies between what trusts are paying for the same goods – with prices varying by more than 35%, compared to 1% to 2% in other health systems.

The Healthcare Estates conference will look at the issue of ‘efficiency through innovation’ with the opening keynote panel addressing this very issue.

Panellists include Mike Hobbs of Carillion, Mike is the Managing Director for Carillion Health which provides health sector customers with a comprehensive range of built environment services including facilities management, construction and a range of other support services.; He joined Carillion in 2003 and led the development of health sector PPP, clinical and FM contracts both in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining Carillion he worked in a number of senior management roles in the NHS. Mike is also a member of the Healthcare UK Governance Board and the CBI Health panel.

Mike is joined by Steve McGuire, Essentia, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Julian Amey, Chief Executive of IHEEM, Karen Baker, Isle of Wight NHS Trust and in a ‘Question Time’ style panel will answer questions from the industry and audience on their own experiences in driving efficiencies through innovation. Delegates will be encouraged to tweet or email questions in advance with the session moderated by Simon Corben Capita Health Infrastructure and Health Sector Lead at event sponsor, CAPITA

Tweet @HCEstates #qtime or email: healthcare@stepex.com

Hundreds of ideas, solutions, products companies and individuals working with Hospitals, Trusts, and key organisations will be exhibiting and attending the two days of Healthcare Estates. Victoria Emerton, Conference Director said “this is by far the most ambitious conference and exhibition programme we have put together. We have assembled over 100 speakers and chairs to facilitate and present on a myriad of topics. The exhibition alone has five theatres dedicated to Water & Infection, Energy & Efficiency, Specification & BIM, Mental Health, Fire & Security, and IHEEM Technical Programme. The exhibition theatre content is free to attend and supported by many of the biggest organisations working in the NHS”.

The exhibition, conference, dinner and awards has developed into the foremost event of its kind and 2015 promises to give visitors and delegates  a whole host of ideas to take home with them. The exhibition features more than 200 companies featuring new products and services, many highlighted in this preview.



The Worry Pit

The very popular ‘Worry Pit’ will be opened up to visitors and exhibitors this year. Under the strapline of ‘Together we are stronger’ this years worry pit is again facilitated and promoted by efm2 ( a learning forum of directors of E & F Directors) A lively discussion is ensured on key issues facing Efm managers for the year ahead. Cliff Price of CPA Solutions who Chairs the Worry Pit said; “Efm2 members will share their own experiences of what they feel are top topics for them and how they are handling them We are asking visitors and delegates to bring along your own top issues for debate and share experiences in such things as, cost improvement pressures and their delivery, changing organisational models and the workforce, managing large third party contracts, assurance of governance and compliance and other key factors… Cliff said we are want as many people to take part and discuss the key issues ‘Get involved – ‘you’re worth it’ he says to all attending. Panellists in the pit include: Darryn Kerr, University Hospital, Leicester, John Wilkes, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, John Simpson, University Hospital of North Staffs NHS Trust and Howard Jones, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust.

Delegates and visitors should tweet questions to Tweet @HCEstates #worrypit or email: healthcare@stepex.com


New feature area supported by the Water Management Society

New at this year’s exhibition the Water & Infection Control Zone is particularly relevant following the recent crisis after half the water outlets in Worcestershire’s new oncology centre were found to contain an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Board member Lynne Todd said the problem had been put down to design faults in the building and patients stood very little chance of infection. She added measures were being put in place to reduce the risk as much as possible including installing water filters across the centre. “There is further work to do to address water temperature,” she said. “Accountability was firmly placed on the PFI (Private Finance Initiative) provider.” Since the discovery the trust, which runs the Royal as well as Kidderminster Hospital and Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital, has made it mandatory for any new structure built in the future to be fully examined by infection control experts before it can be opened to patients.

The theatre at Healthcare Estates offers a programme of presentations including:

Why waterborne respiratory pathogens are top of the agenda for healthcare, Richard Sinden, Head of Life Sciences, Suez Environmental

Engineering & Infection control, Alyson Prince, UCLH and FM Solutions with Daniel Honour, Bouygues Rapid Microbiology in action and Paul Nolan of paul Nolan water hygiene

The Challenge of water hygiene in medical institutions, Dr Florian Dibbern, Aqua-free membrane technology.

The theatre presentations and zone are supported by the Water Management Society, the Legionella Control Association and BEAMA and is sponsored by Delabie.

Elise Maynard, Chair, Water Management Society said” We have pooled our resources to bring together a free programme of accomplished speakers within the dedicated Water & Infection Control Zone in the exhibition hall”.

Our other new area is the IHEEM Technical theatre and zone. Steve Webb, show Director said; “IHEEM are our event partner and many members come to Healthcare Estates to learn about the latest initiatives and industry regulations. It was a natural addition to encourage the key technical groups to open up their expertise to visitors and members at Healthcare Estates.IHEEM_Theatre _02_Cam02

Julian Amey, IHEEM Chief Executive said; “The area provides a dedicated zone for members and visitors to come and talk to our range of experts during healthcare estates. IHEEM have pulled together an impressive line-up of technical experts who will present on topics such as; ‘Are you compliant’ with Paul Harris of Paul Harris Associates; ‘Can I smell Gas?’ with presenters Mike Ralph, Head of Healthcare Engineering, Sodexo, Ian Sanford and Graeme Dunn, of IHEEM Medical Gas Technical Platform and a ‘Sustainability Update’ from Mark Simpson from Sweett Group.

Experts and members of the IHEEM team will also run a session on both days allowing visitors to ‘meet the experts’. Experts already confirmed to offer their expertise include; Graham Stanton, Nick Hill, Manju Patel, Mark Richards, Mike Ralph, Dave Easton, Graham Marsh, Richard Knight and Andrew Ward”.

The IHEEM membership team will be happy to meet new prospective members and run through the benefits of membership to the industry’s leading organisation.

The exhibition team are also working on a ‘visitor planning’ service for NHS VIP’s – Anyone who works for the NHS or other healthcare establishment qualifies for VIP entry and the benefits of a dedicated VIP area, sponsored once again by Wandsworth Healthcare, complimentary tea and coffee all day, complimentary parking and this year a complimentary bar in the main VIP meeting area to allow visitors and delegates to enjoy a refreshing pint while meeting with colleagues and friends.

Exhibition – ‘free to attend’

Nearly 200 companies will be displaying a fantastic array of products and services this year. The 20 & 21 October 2015 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.


Tickets are widely available for the exhibition and 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, everyone attending can compare every aspect of products and service available

More products – offering more choice

‘‘The range of products on offer at Healthcare Estates ensures your trip to Manchester is worthwhile and helps 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. Healthcare Estates is an exhibition where customers and suppliers rub shoulders with their peers, competitors and future suppliers and employers proving invaluable” said Phil Wade, Director at Static Systems Group is the UK’s leading provider of IP based nurse call systems.

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 experienced 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.

Travelling by train

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. Virgin trains currently have return tickets from London Euston for as little as £40 with lots of flexible options on travel times. The organisers have also secured some very competitive rates at local hotels and are able to offer discounts to visitors and delegates, keeping the cost of attending to an absolute minimum.

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 continued sponsorship from Wandsworth Group who will provide VIP’s with a range of benefits including complimentary tea and coffee and new for 2015 a bar in the VIP area.

Entrance to the exhibition is complimentary and registration couldn’t be simpler. 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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