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Healthcare Estates expands……

Healthcare Estates Conference, Exhibition and Dinner will be even bigger in 2014 with organisers Step Exhibitions planning a number of major initiatives for the coming year.

Steve Webb, Show Director said: “We have recently agreed a five year deal with Manchester Central and IHEEM to continue the development of Healthcare Estates in the North West based at Manchester Central. Research amongst our exhibitors, visitors and delegates has confirmed the vast majority are happy with both the location and the venue and successive years of growth have resulted in the event exceeding all our expectations.”

Exhibition_LRWith a growing attendance and successful conference in 2013 the organisers are continuing to offer NHS employees VIP status and maximum return on time spent at the event. Steve Webb continued “Research conducted after the event in October concluded that 90% of visitors planned to attend again in 2014, while a high level of delegates, 86% thought the conference was good or excellent. Really important amongst these figures is the fact that a large number of our visitors and delegates only attend one event in the year, Healthcare Estates (60%).

This year’s theme ‘Quality in the Patient Environment’ will look at a number of the changes that have taken place in the NHS and how these impact on the estate.

The NHS is undergoing major changes in its core structure. Many of the changes took effect in April last year, though some were in place before then. It will be some time before all the changes are fully implemented, while those running and maintaining healthcare buildings and facilities face the unenviable task of ‘doing more for less’ with ageing buildings required to deliver improved care.

The NHS Estate faces many of the same issues as most large, multi-site corporate estates while having to deal with other issues specific to healthcare. So how to deliver services that are both cost effective while meeting the future needs of healthcare?

The event in 2014 will have four dedicated areas on the exhibition floor offering ‘free’ content.

The Energy Theatre will provide hospital case studies including Addenbrookes developed with the Carbon and Energy Fund. The Carbon / Greenhouse Gas Savings

through the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) process, and the use of renewable (biomass) and clinical waste incineration, the Energy Industry Council (EIC) will deliver a carbon reduction of 47% for Addenbrookes Hospital. The CHP system delivers a saving of around 12,525 tonnes of carbon per year, and utilises the heat associated with the power generation. The biomass boilers will secure a carbon saving of around 5,722 tonnes per annum, and the clinical waste incinerator will save around 2,127 tonnes of carbon.

New for 2014 will be a theatre dedicated to design in mental health and dementia care. For two years now we have run sessions in rooms next to the main event and as these and the commercial support has grown we are working with Design In Mental Health Network who are developing a comprehensive programme for day 1 with Day 2 focussed on Dementia and Care run with the Dementia Services Development Centre.

Also very popular in 2013 and expanded for 2014 is the Contractors & Architects theatre, partnered with Architects for Health and the Construction Industry Council. The theatre offers an opportunity to view some of the latest designs in healthcare and latest innovation in styling and product development. Located within this area will be an area dedicated to Building Information Modelling(BIM). BIM is a process for designing a building or structure collaboratively by using one coherent system of computer models. As few as five years ago, BIM was viewed as nice to have, but not essential. Today it is a requirement with government setting targets to be in place by 2016.

In fact, use of BIM technology can help accomplish the following objectives:

•Increase the speed of completion, translating to earlier revenue generation
•Reduce costs by reduced requests for information (RFIs) and change orders
•Heighten reliability by tightening estimates and allowing for earlier guaranteed maximum price (GMP)
•Enhance quality, accuracy and precision of the end product
•Create understanding and improve expectation management
•Increase long-term maintainability and reduce future operational costs.

We will focus on this in detail in the next issue of Health Estate Journal.

The fourth theatre on the exhibition floor offering ‘free’ content to visitors is The NHS Sustainability Theatre. Working with BRE and the Sustainable Development Unit the content will focus on the new strategy announced in January 2014 and BREAM and is sure to be popular with visitors to the event.

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel_lrWhilst confirming Manchester as the home of the largest event for the healthcare sector the organisers have also confirmed a new location for the IHEEM Dinner and Awards. Last year was a sell out and we ended up turning potential guests away from the dinner which featured Paralympian and multiple medal winner, Mark Colbourne MBE. As a result we have booked the Mercure Piccadilly which will allow us to grow the dinner to over 500 ensuring everyone attending the event can join in the celebrations.

Healthcare Estates takes place on the 7 and 8 October at Manchester Central (GMEX), and incorporates an exhibition with sector focussed theatres, run in conjunction with the IHEEM Conference and Dinner.

Julian Amey, Chief Executive of IHEEM comments:

‘IHEEM are working closely with a number of key organisations and commercial companies to explain the many changes in the healthcare sector. Our annual Conference and Exhibition allows our members and affiliate organisations to come together to debate the issues impacting on healthcare estates and facilities.

With the pressures of budget cuts affecting many public sector bodies the NHS has found that collaboration and sharing services need not be limited to just the NHS. Partnerships like the York District Hospital and St John University has proved very successful to the extent the partners are looking at ways of expanding the collaboration further.

Healthcare Estates Conference, Exhibition and Dinner offers a compelling two days of high level content. The outline programme will be announced in April 2014 and further details on the positive impact for exhibitors will be announced next month’.

Steve Webb, Show Director said: ‘We plan to continue our focus on key subject areas with dedicated content for’:

  • Engineering
  • Facilities
  • Estate management and rationalisation
  • Architecture, design, property and maintenance
  • Financial management
  • Renewable technologies
  • Carbon reduction

We will work closely with our event supporters, each of whom provide


We have continued to develop the event by working hard with IHEEM and the venue to provide a compelling and informative showcase for the healthcare sector. Last year (2013) saw further growth in our visitor numbers across the UK as the event is now established as the main event for healthcare engineers, estates managers and facilities managers’.e intelligence and access to key speakers ensuring the content is timely and relevant. In 2014 we will be working with Architects for Health, BRE, Design in Mental Health Network, Building & Engineering Services, Construction Industry Council, CIBSE, Healthcare Facilities Consortium, Medical Gas Association, National Association of Fire Officers, Procure 21+, The King’s Fund, LIFT, and the Carbon and Energy Fund.

In addition to these key organisations we also have support from some of the leading suppliers and manufacturers to the healthcare sector.

Further developments are due to be announced in the spring with special delegate and VIP packages offered to previous attendees, selected healthcare employees, IHEEM members and guests of our exhibitors.

Mr Webb explained ‘Healthcare Estates provides delegates and visitors with an opportunity to look the new ideas available to them, examples of success stories from other trusts and qualified advisers to explain what changes can be made to help directors and managers run their trusts and manage their budgets’.

Working with our partners, Healthcare Estates 2014 will have a focus on sustainability with a look at the sustainable development strategy for healthcare and a major new initiative for this year.

The new strategy will be launched on 29 January 2014.  It will cover the period 2014 to 2020.  In 2009 the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England was published in response to the UK Climate Change Act. It set out an ambition for the NHS to be a leading low carbon and sustainable health system. The strategy included an interim

target of a 10% reduction in carbon emissions by 2015. Current projections anticipate a

5.4% decrease in the NHS England by 2015.

The NHS has seen a 1.9% drop in its carbon footprint in relation to building energy use from 2007/08 to 2011/12, a significant improvement on previous years, especially considering an increase in activity of 11.4%. The decrease represents a direct energy saving worth around £10m for the NHS in England.

Carbon reduction must be a core objective of the sustainable development approach of the health and care system.

International interest in the approach the NHS is taking to sustainable development is growing. The NHS is particularly recognised in the areas of system governance for sustainability, metrics and leadership. The launch event in London is now fully booked but you can join us live online

Technology: Currently, better use of technology is mostly applied in technical building solutions (e.g. solar panels, energy management software and combined heat and power) which are delivering significant reductions in carbon and operating costs.

For this Strategy to succeed Board-level support is essential; engagement must be sought from stakeholders at all levels including clinical and non-clinical staff, patients, visitors, suppliers, other NHS trusts, and local authorities.

This key area will form a major part of the discussions in October 2014 drawing in key stakeholders to address these issues over two days. One of the new areas for 2014 linked to sustainability is being developed with the Carbon Energy Fund and with the CEF hosting a one day event in a new ‘Energy Theatre’. The CEF will invite guests and trusts to attend the event.

For more information on Healthcare Estates including rates for exhibiting and visiting details contact the team on the following:

Email: healthcare@stepex.com

Phone: +44(0)1892 518877


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