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Healthcare Estates Exhibition & Conference Launch new website

This year’s Healthcare Estates Exhibition & Conference is set to be the biggest yet, with more exhibiting companies, increased delegates and a growth in visitors expected. Interest in the healthcare sector and consequently the show is at an all-time high, with a number of key issues being discussed at the event in October.

Although Healthcare was protected from the swingeing cuts announced in 2010 under the comprehensive spending review; a recent report from Barclays Corporate claims, NHS funding will remain broadly flat in real terms over the review period. As a result the NHS faces the most austere funding period in its history and will need to make efficiency savings of up to £20bn. by 2015.

Weak growth will see the government extend its austerity programme until 2016-17 according to Barclays in their review of UK Healthcare. While the NHS as a whole remains in surplus, one trust is currently in administration and others remain under acute pressure. Those with PFI deals in place appear to be under particular strain, as they typically have less flexible cost structures. However, recent NHS surpluses, tight regulations in the sector, the ability to re-model and/or merged services and underlying political support offer some protection.

The organisers of Healthcare Estates are developing a compelling programme that will look at a number of the key issues impacting on the estates departments responsible for maintaining and running our hospitals efficiently. Streams devoted to Engineering, Design & Construction, Estates & Facilities and Energy will give delegates a fitting programme that will deal with many of the major issues in the sector.

Reducing running costs for hospitals, carbon reduction in the NHS, offsite construction, fire safety sessions with NAHFO, plus following on from the Francis Inquiry and calls for ‘information and transparency’ the conference will look at how the Premises Assurance Model (PAM) is being used to provide evidence-based assurance report regarding the management and performance of premises at board level.

The organisers are proposing a series of interactive sessions, with a ‘question time’ approach to allow delegates to interact with the panels of key speakers. ‘Our aim is to liven up the conference by giving delegates the opportunity to question some of the main players in healthcare’ said Steve Webb.

Step & IHEEM are approaching a number of key names to ‘set out the strategic agenda for healthcare’ – we see this as important for the morning of day 1 before we start to cover the ‘how to do it….’

Step are also aiming to target speakers from outside of healthcare to give a view of the sector and will be inviting a number of International speakers to talk about their experiences and plans.

Already confirmed as a keynote speaker, is Dr R Chandrashekhar, the Chief Architect at the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the individual with the onerous task of managing the delivery of  the healthcare element of the Indian Government’s latest ‘five-year plan’ – which proposes the construction of a sizeable network of new healthcare facilities, colleges, and medical training institutes, across India, in tandem with the phased upgrading and renovation of well over 600 existing district hospitals the length and breadth of the country. Steve Webb adds, “In terms of his remit and responsibilities, Dr Chandrashekhar could probably be described as the Indian counterpart to Peter Sellars at the Department of Health’s NHS Estates and Facilities Policy Division. He will tell the audience in enthusiastic and passionate terms the current ‘five-year plan’ for the Indian health service.”

Reduced delegate rates

Step have also announced a significant reduction in delegate rates with further benefits for IHEEM members and those working directly within the NHS and Private Hospitals. Steve Webb said: “the rates for a two day IHEEM member have been reduced by 33% for our ‘super early bird’ even non IHEEM members will save more than £130 on the 2012 two day rate”.’ Registration will open in early April and delegates will be able to book the ‘super early bird rate’ up to the 22nd June, for more information and details of the conference go to Conference Programme

New web site for Healthcare Estates

To reflect the expected growth in the event, the organisers, Step Exhibitions are launching a new website. Visitors to will find it easier to register, find out which companies are exhibiting, access details of the conference with latest speakers plus information and prices for the dinner.

Steve Webb, Director, said: “The NEW Healthcare Estates website will have a new look and feel for 2013 which will be simpler to navigate regardless what your background or interest is.

Exhibitors will each be able to upload a full profile allowing visitors to the site to see who is booked into the show, plan their visit and see what products are on display and companies exhibiting at the event.

The site will also feature the latest information on the conference, with regular updates on speakers and streams and offers to VIP’s. The new site is launched in April 2013.”

The exhibition:

Visitors to the show will be able to go to a series of theatres presentations during the two days with free content presented by key organisations.

Over 20 hours of ‘free’ content will complement the two day conference programme.

The four theatres are:

•             Health Estate Journal Product Showcase Theatre

•             BRE Sustainability Showcase Theatre

•             Contractor & Architects Showcase Theatre

•             Energy Showcase Theatre

In addition, there will also be four workshop sessions across both days taking place in a room adjacent to the exhibition for association/member groups to hold sessions for their members who will also visit the exhibition. For the current programme please visit the conference programme  

Event Open Day – 9 May 2013

Step are hosting an open day at Manchester Central on the 9 May 2013. The aim of the day is to help exhibitors and visitors make the most of their experience, plan their trip with travel details, hotels and information on the venue. Run at the same time as Greeenbuild Expo the open day is a good opportunity to ask questions and hear about the latest news on the conference and exhibition. Numbers are strictly limited and attendance is complimentary. To register your interest contact Event Manager, Michelle Michelucci on 01892 518877 or email: michellemichelucci@stepex.com

Editors notes:

Healthcare Estates 2011 saw over 2,600 attendees to the event to network with more than 170 exhibitors and 300 delegates and speakers who attended the IHEEM conference providing a great array of information, contacts and experiences.

The 2013 event will continue our theme of ‘Improving outcomes through innovation’, allowing visitors to gain a real insight into a variety of topics.

The most recent companies to confirm their presence include: Altro, Pick Everard, Reliance Water Controls Ltd, Draeger Medical UK Limited, British Gas, IHEEM, Squiggle Glass Limited, GE Corporate, Clarke Energy, Aluline Group Limited, and Addmaster (UK) Ltd. For a full exhibitor list go to

For more information on Healthcare Estates including rates for exhibiting and visiting details, contact the team on the following:healthcare@stepex.com or call 01892 518877

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