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Healthcare Estates IHEEM Conference Takes Shape

The countdown has begun to this year’s Healthcare Estates Conference and Exhibition as the organisers have announced a number of the key names who will be speaking at the main conference in October.

Bookings are now being taken for the Healthcare Estates Conference, Exhibition and Dinner with ‘super early bird’ rates available until mid-June and specially discounted rates through to September. Organisers Step Exhibitions stated ‘readers of HEJ magazine, previous visitors and delegates and IHEEM members have the opportunity to book at a special rate up until the 22nd June giving savings of up to 60% on last year’s two day rate’. With the lowest rate available at just £200 for a full two day conference pass including food and drink, the conference offers great value for money; this is evidenced by the level of bookings already being made compared to previous years.

Steve Webb, Director at Step said, ‘we are already ahead of last year for delegate bookings and the level of interest in this year’s conference is extremely high.  Changes in the healthcare sector in a number of key areas has given us a wealth of content that will make the two days in Manchester compelling for many in the industry.

IHEEM, working with the organisers, Step Exhibitions saw a record number of submissions following the call for entries. Over 50 papers were submitted and a number of new initiatives have now been announced for those attending the event’.

The theme this year is ‘Putting positive Energy into Healthcare’ to reflect the key issue of costs savings, sustainability and the changing nature of the healthcare sector. We have approached a number of the leading names in the healthcare sector to speak at this year’s event a number of whom will be confirmed in the next few weeks..

One who has confirmed is David Flory CBE, Chief Executive of the NHS TDA which came into being in June 2012 with the purpose of delivering the Department of Health’s Foundation Trust pipeline objective.

The NHS TDA took on its full range of powers and responsibilities in April 2013. From April 2013, the role of the NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) will be to provide governance and accountability for NHS trusts in England and delivery of the foundation trust pipeline.

The NHS TDA will help each NHS trust secure sustainable, high quality services for the patients and communities they serve. David joined DH in 2007 as Director General for the NHS Finance, Performance and Operations and had previously spent time there as Interim Director of Financial Recovery in 2006. David has over 20 years board level experience in NHS bodies in the North East of England in Director of Finance and Chief Executive roles including being the first Chief Executive of NHS North East.

David will give the keynote address on day 1, Tuesday 8 October

The organisers have also extended an invite to Dan Poulter MP who was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health in September 2012. He is the Conservative MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.  He was a member of the Health Select Committee, Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Maternity, and an Officer of the Parliamentary group to improve global health. Before entering politics, Dan worked as an NHS hospital doctor specialising primarily in obstetrics, gynaecology and women’s health. He continues to practice medicine as an NHS hospital doctor on a part-time basis.

Other key note speakers confirmed include, Dr Chandrashaker, Chief Architect at Ministry of Health & F W Govt.of India, Greg Markham, IHEEM president, John Cooper, Chair Architects for Health, Clive Nattrass, CEO, Carbon Energy Fund.

Organisations speaking in the conference programme include:

Amtech Group, Gelder Kitchen LLP, IBI Group, Spirax Sarco, CORGI, EP&T Global, GI Energy, ENER-G Combined Power Limited, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Procure 21+, HIS, Pall Europe, Children’s University Hospital Dublin, Eastwood Park, Liverpool John Moores University Arts & Design, CPA Total Engineered Solutions, Trend Controls, Low Carbon Europe, DPS Global, The BIRCH Foundation & Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, DAC Beachcroft LLP, Power Electrics Generators, Arup, Low Carbon Europe, British Gas, DPS Global, Capita Symonds.

With the support of key organisations directly involved in Healthcare the conference is split into key areas focussed on Engineering, Energy, Design & Construction, Property & Premises Management, Estates & Facilities, Infection Prevention and Research & Development.

One of the new organisations we are working with this year are the Building & Engineering Services Association; their panel session is entitled ‘why do so many buildings disappoint their owners and occupiers?’ The 90 minute session will look at why many healthcare facilities fail to reach their operational potential and, therefore, are not fit for purpose. Chaired by David Frise, head of sustainability at the B&ES the panel session will examine why many new and emerging technologies fail to produce the low energy and reduce carbon performance expected from buildings. The panellists will debate with the audience and aim to produce a blueprint for progress which will be further developed by IHEEM and B&ES working together after the event.

Step also announced they are working closely with BRE, the independent, impartial research-based, certification organisation who collaborate with others to provide expertise in virtually every aspect of the built environment.

BRE will focus on mitigating fire risk, with a joint session run with the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers (NAHFO). BRE will also deliver joint sessions on ‘Efficient Lighting meeting patient and staff needs’ the Estates session in conjunction with ‘Improving Quality, Reducing Costs’ by DAC Beachcroft LLP, ‘Smarter Estates’ with Arup and The Salford Model for Productive FM by The BIRCH Foundation & Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

As well as the main conference session, NAHFO will also provide a ‘Fringe’ session on day 2 in the morning, which will offer a “fire themed” workshop, this will be a free to attend session. The workshop will run from 11.15 – 12.30 with CPD points awarded to attendees who are then free to visit the exhibition in the afternoon. Peter Aldridge, from NAHFO and NHS Fire Safety Manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: ‘NAHFO have great pleasure in taking part in the 2013 event, building on their first successful attendance in Manchester in 2012.  The focus on fire safety within healthcare has been increased this with the “dear colleague” letter  issued by the Dept of Health, add this to the very restricted budgets in the public sector, compliance with fire safety in very challenging.  To have the opportunity to share means to compliance with colleagues from across the healthcare sector is welcomed.  As part of the Conference NAHFO will be holding a fringe workshop on the second day of the event. attendees will not only benefit from a CPD workshop, but a bespoke route of fire safety exhibitors will be prepared for those attending.  In association with BRE, NAHFO will present on matters associated with mitigating risk from fire safety.

The exhibition:

As well as the conference, the exhibition floor will have four dedicated theatres. Each theatre will have two full days of presentations by key companies and supporting organisations.

The four theatres are:

•             HEJ Product Theatre

•             NHS Sustainability Theatre

•             Contractor & Architects Theatre

•             Energy Showcase Theatre

For the current programme please visit www.healthcare-estates.com

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

To register for the Exhibition or Conference register at: www.healthcare-estates.com  or phone: 01892 518877

For conference details and delegate rates contact: Michelle Michelucci onmichelle@stepex.com

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