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IHEEM announce restructure of the Healthcare Estates Conference, Exhibition & Dinner 2013

Healthcare Estates conference, exhibition and dinner will be organised by Step in 2013. Step have organised the exhibition for the past eleven years resulting in it growing into the premier event for the Healthcare Estates sector.

Last year saw a continued increase in attendance, with a total audience of 2,758 who networked with the 170 exhibiting companies representing many of the key sectors enabling healthcare centres to function. The attendance was made up of 429 healthcare professionals who attended the annual conference, a record attendance to the exhibition, dinner and awards bolstered by 200 NHS VIP’s representing many of the leading hospital trusts in the UK.

In 2013 the organisers, Step, are introducing plans to build on this; Healthcare Estates takes place on the 8th and 9th 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 delighted to confirm STEP as our partner for the 2013 Healthcare Estates Conference, Exhibition and Dinner. This decision will allow the event to become truly integrated with the conference and exhibition running seamlessly.  Step have organised the exhibition for the past eleven years, growing the event to what is now regarded as the premier exhibition and conference for healthcare estates, engineers, facilities and maintenance and contractors. With Step responsible for these areas, this will allow us to organise a truly holistic event around the highly respected IHEEM conference with the Healthcare Estates exhibition, dinner and conference now offering a compelling two days of high level content.

The outline programme will be announced in April 2013 and further details on the positive impact for exhibitors will be announced next month’.

Steve Webb, Show Director said; ‘We plan to increase the number of streams available at the event’ with dedicated content for:

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

We will work closely with our event supporters, each of whom provide intelligence and access to key speakers ensuring the content is timely and relevant. In 2013 we will be working with Architects for Health, BRE, Design in Mental Health Network, The Design Council CABE, Healthcare Facilities Consortium, Medical Gas Association, National Association of Fire Officers, Procure 21+, The King’s Fund, LIFT, and the Carbon and Energy Fund.

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 (2012) saw a growth in our visitor numbers from the South as the event is now established as the main event for healthcare engineers, estates managers and facilities managers’.

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

Healthcare Estates will see a number of companies returning to the show after an absence joining existing big names including Pick Everard, Reliance Water Controls, British Gas, Dalkia, Draeger Medical, Spirax Sarco, P4, DFX Technology, IBI Taylor Young, AFL, Assa Abloy, Blucher UK and New Vision.

One of our new exhibitors is P4 FASTEL, Matthew Stringer, Business Development Manager says “P4 FASTEL, dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of high performance, fully compliant, cost and energy efficient emergency lighting products to the health sector since 1989, will be showcasing a new range of fully addressable emergency lighting systems, the revolutionary new FASTEL Wireless emergency lighting system, and additions to its stylish exit signage range.  The emphasis as ever is on quality, value, reliability, full compliance and unrivalled customer service.”

Dr Randall Bowen, Head of Energy Performance at British Gas says: ‘we are delighted to confirm our commitment to the Healthcare sector by once again supporting Healthcare Estates in October. We recognise energy reduction and sustainability are becoming key areas of focus for health boards and trusts across the country. Working together we can deliver guaranteed long-term energy savings, as well as permanent reductions in carbon emissions.  We look forward to working with Healthcare Estates throughout 2013 to deliver benefits to the Healthcare sector.

Along with British Gas, Julian Colaco, Development Manager at ProCure21+ says; ‘Procure 21+ is a framework agreement with six Supply Chains (PSCPs) selected via an OJEU Tender process for capital investment construction schemes across England up to 2016. We have been a long term exhibitor at Healthcare Estates and continue to recognise the importance of the exhibition and conference. The event provides a great forum for our PSCPs to network and engage with industry colleagues, and we are delighted to be supporting Healthcare Estates 2013’.

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. 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’.

Last month we focussed on one of the key areas to be discussed at the event; The continuing chronic backlog of repairs in hospital buildings. The Repairs, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) market – currently valued at over £1.18 billion.

Working with our partners, Healthcare Estates 2013 will also have a focus on sustainability with a look at the sustainable development strategy for the health care.

As one of the largest employers in the world, the NHS has a corporate social responsibility to increase sustainability and reduce carbon emissions, in an effort to combat the combined risks of economic instability, diminishing oil and gas supplies and climate change. The initial Government target underpinning all these activities is a reduction in carbon emissions of ten per cent from 2007 figures by 2015.

By 2007 the carbon footprint for NHS England had risen to 21 million tonnes per year. This is larger than that for some medium-sized countries, and represents a rise of three million tonnes since the previous footprint was calculated (SDU, 2010). This rise is partly due to growth in NHS services, and partly because – in line with the 2008 Climate Change Act and 2009 Defra greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting conventions, other greenhouse gases are now included in the calculations as well as carbon dioxide.

Sustainable actions should underpin all aspects of NHS Trust service delivery and development and should sit alongside quality to fulfil patient experience, effectiveness of services and safety for patients and staff.

The NHS is committed to providing best value for taxpayers’ money and the most effective, fair and sustainable use of finite resources (NHS Constitution 2010: sixth key principle). To support Government targets, the Department of Health’s Sustainable Development Strategy was originally published in October 2008. England emissions and Climate Change Act targets (SDU, 2010). Key areas for sustainable development are identified and targets stated: procurement, food, energy-consumption, transport, buildings, natural environment, waste and water.

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.

We will also look at the new Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health and Care System.  The new strategy will be launched in January 2014 and will cover the period 2014 to 2020.  It is not just for the NHS but embraces the whole health, public health and social care system. It will define where we need to be on the path to sustainable health care by 2020 and the measures and targets against which progress will be measured.

Importantly, it builds on the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy (CRS), reinforcing the key actions from the CRS and outlining other practical steps that need to be taken in priority areas to move the health system onwards in the journey towards sustainable health care delivery.

This key area will form a major part of the discussions in October 2013 drawing in key stakeholders to address these issues over two days. One of the new areas for 2013 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.

Other areas at the event include the Contractors & Architect zone and the Estate Management & Consultants area in addition to the New Product Showcase.

The 2013 show theme will be announced in February 2013 at a press launch of the event following feedback from our recent advisory board held at Trend Control Systems offices in Horsham.

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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