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Healthcare Estates Exhibition & Conference – What impact will a new government have?

This year’s Healthcare Estates comes five months after the general election. The NHS has become a key election battleground with a Conservatives pledge of an extra £8 billion a year for the NHS in England by 2020. While both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have attacked the announcement as an “unfunded” spending commitment.

The Conservatives have upped the ante in the key election battleground of the NHS with a pledge to invest at least £8 billion extra a year in the health service by 2020. The investment is part of David Cameron’s commitment to provide a full range of NHS services seven days a week.

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have attacked the announcement as an “unfunded” spending commitment.

Mr Cameron said he would protect the “amazing” health service by funding in full the five-year reform plan put forward by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens after he called for help in filling a £30 billion finance gap by 2020.

So what do all these pledges mean for Estates & Facilities? Where will energy savings feature in the new government agenda? What of integration and how will this impact on those running the Trusts estate?

The Healthcare Estates Exhibition and Conference will focus on key areas impacting on the design, build, managing and maintaining of healthcare facilities.

The organisers, Step Exhibitions are developing a compelling free programme that will look at a number of the key issues impacting on the estates departments responsible for maintaining and running our hospitals efficiently. Visitors to the exhibition are able to attend these presentations which are complimentary giving more compelling reasons to attend the event in October.

Six dedicated areas and theatres on the exhibition floor provide complimentary content over the two days of Healthcare Estates and are run in conjunction with our supporting partners. The details for each area will be finalised over the next two months and announced along with the full conference programme in June.

IHEEM Technical Area

IHEEM, the main Event Partners of Healthcare Estates, are providing Company Affiliate members with a dedicated area at their flagship event. With a dedicated theatre and technical programme the area will provide members and prospective members the opportunity to hear about how the Institute is working closely with other engineering institutes and the Department of Health to address the ‘critical issues’ facing the UK Healthcare sector (see Julian Amey’s CEO Viewpoint on Page???)

Infection Control & Waterborne Diseases zone

In 2015 the first infection control and waterborne diseases zone will be launched. A two day theatre programme run in partnership with the Water Management Society, Legionella Control Association and BEAMA. (See HEJ April 2015 P.6).

(WMS, Legionella Control Association & BEAMA logos)

Mental Health plus Fire & Security Theatre

NEW in 2014 – the area proved so poular there was standing room only during some of the sessions. Featuring products that are designed to create therapeutic environments while improving safety and security in the patient environment. NAHFO and the Design in Mental Health Network are promoting the area to their respective members to draw in specialist visitors. On day one, the programme is being led and delivered by the Design in Mental Health Network and exhibitors. Day two will see presentations from leading organisations in the fire and security sectors including the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers (NAHFO).

(DIMH and NAHFO logos)

Energy Zone

The zone will focus on ongoing work carried out in the NHS to reduce the carbon footprint of the largest single estate in the UK. A full two day programme delivered with partnering associations and exhibitors. (BRE and CEF logos)

Specification Zone

Working closely with the Construction Industry Council and Architects for Health, the zone will focus entirely on the design, construction and specification of UK healthcare projects. Sessions will feature case studies, talks from leading specifiers and examples of innovative technologies from the supporting exhibitors.

(AforH and CIC logos)

NHS Feature Area

We are inviting NHS Trusts to profile current projects to their peers and interested individuals. The area will feature current projects and will have both a static display area as well as an interactive area. This will be a must attend feature this year where you can hear from those at the sharp end the new builds or refurbishments taking place.

The 2015 Healthcare Estates Exhibition & Conference will have even more content, a larger exhibition and increased conference sessions. The organisers, Step Exhibitions, are predicting a record attendance with Healthcare in the spotlight post election. Steve Webb, Show Director said ‘With a general election, healthcare will once again be thrust into the spotlight and Healthcare Estates will be at an ideal time to discuss some of the key policies of the new government.

‘Healthcare has been subjected to heavy spending cuts while continuing to try and improve services and update or renew infrastructure. Healthcare Estates will help those responsible for the delivery to understand what is available. Getting the NHS fit for the 21st century while saving energy and improving services will be key messages at the heart of the event.’

Registration now open – Reduced delegate rates

Healthcare Estates organiser Step have opened registration for visitors, the exhibition is free to attend for all qualifying attendees and allows access to the six dedicated areas. The conference delegate registration opens later this month (May) with a significant saving for delegates booking before 8th September and further benefits for IHEEM members, those working directly within the NHS and Private Hospitals. Steve Webb said: “the rates for a two day IHEEM member have been significantly reduced by nearly 40% for our ‘early bird’ rates on the full rate. Non IHEEM members can also save £100 on the standard two day rate by booking early”. For more information and details of the conference go to the web site http://www.healthcare-estates.com/delegate-rates/

VIP Scheme

We aim to minimise your costs of attending and ensure your expenses don’t restrict your ability to visit Healthcare Estates.

All NHS employees qualify as VIPs giving you access to:

  • Discounted delegate and dinner tickets
  • Complimentary parking validation for those driving to the conference
  • The VIP meeting lounge open throughout your visit
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout your visit

For more information about the VIP Scheme please contact Sarah Worwood on:

Tel: +44 (0)1892 518877
Email: Sarahworwood@stepex.com

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