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Healthcare Estates Exhibition and Conference 2017

IHEEM’s conference and dinner took place alongside the Healthcare Estates Exhibition last month with the event attracting a record number of delegates and visitors to the two day event. With over 4,000 attendees representing key areas dealing with the fabric of healthcare buildings the event benefited from a busy exhibition and conference.

Keynote speakers at the conference included; Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession at NHS Estates and Facilities at NHS Improvement; Lord O’Shaughnessy the Parliamentary Under Secretary of state for Health at the Department of Health; and David Loughton, Chief Executive at The Royal Wolverhampton Trust, who led a stellar line up of speakers from across the NHS, Department of Health, suppliers and key supporting organisations. The free-to-attend theatres on the exhibition floor had standing room only while the Awards Dinner, with snooker player Steve Davis, celebrated the success of the sector with award winners and diners celebrating the latest innovations, new products and key schemes.

Steve Webb, Director for organiser Step Exhibitions comments; “we worked closely with a number of key organisations this year to attract as diverse an audience as possible. Two of our key initiatives were around apprenticeships and the Facilities sector. Our Apprentices Today- Leaders Tomorrow theatre, supported by Troup Bywaters & Anders working with Investors in people and the National Apprenticeship Service resulted in many trusts and suppliers bringing apprentices and previous apprentices to share their experiences and learn from the 200+exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services. We were also able to announce the launch of a major new initiative for 2018, tying in with IHEEM’s 75th anniversary for a national series of awards for apprentices, supported by TB&A”. Webb continued, “The Facilities Management Theatre supported by HefMa, the British Institute of Cleaning Science and FM North gave facilities managers working in healthcare a great opportunity to learn about the latest initiatives and how their area impacts on key areas within hospitals”.

Exhibitors have been quick to praise the event; companies commenting “We had a great couple of days with lots of really interesting conversations and our mobile unit was so well received, which is great – EMS Healthcare “thanks for all your work into the IHEEM event, we have made some really worthwhile contacts, Healthcare Estates is the ‘go to’ event for all professionals, clients and suppliers involved in this important industry sector – don’t miss it! – Workspace Scotland LLP; “Excellent forum for like- minded individuals within the industry sector. As a business we obtained several leads which may be of great commercial benefit in the future”. – ALS Global.

Many areas of healthcare saw packed theatres with exhibitors and industry experts providing visitors with an opportunity to hear about the latest intitatives. The Water Management area, supported by WMS (Water Management Society) was particularly busy – one of the key supporters and exhibitors in the area commenting “Healthcare Estates is an important event in our calendar. It is a great opportunity to meet with the real specifiers and decision makers” – Delabie. Trident Water, also heavily involved with the area commented “NO 1 healthcare exhibition and conference”.

Delegates attending the drinks reception at the end of the first day saw for the event with a ‘Flash mob’ sponsored by ASCOM featuring dancing and music from dancers who had mingled with delegates and visitors. Asocm who jointly sponsored Healthcare Estates with Armitage Shanks commented “Healthcare Estates was the perfect event for us to launch our new nurse call system. With NHS and private hospital estate teams, specifiers and designers attending, it brought together the right audience for our product launch as well as raising brand awareness” – ASCOM

Next year Healthcare Estates in 2018 takes place on the 9th & 10th October in Manchester – part of a year of celebrations for IHEEM’s 75th anniversary!

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