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Over 75 presentations to choose from

Healthcare Estates has an international flavour both running throughout the 4 parallel conference streams this year and in a dedicated international case study session, available to all to attend in the new plenary theatre on the exhibition floor.  Hosting the International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE), this year, the case study session will feature case studies on a whole range of issues from a diverse spread of countries:  modernising hospital services in the Falkland Islands, construction of a new £1.2bn German hospital, achieving zero energy hospital buildings in the US, and managing waste and energy in a sustainability partnership in Ireland.

In the main conference sessions, Strategy and Leadership features sessions on infrastructure and climate of the future, the creation of an index to compare the response and preparedness of cities to health challenges, focusing on their future readiness to meet the emerging healthcare needs of their populations, and the design of an operating theatre of the future that can be ready for future medical challenges and future proof lifecycle costs.  Planning Design and Construction showcases a wealth of international expertise, looking a healing design, gardens and landscapes in inner hospital spaces as healing spaces, innovation patient-empowered wayfinding, The design of “patient first” psychiatric hospitals, biophilic design for mental health, acoustics and noise levels’  in hospitals impact on health, the creation of a new major trauma centre, the amalgamation of historical and new buildings in the creation of a new maternity and paediatric care centre in Italy, and the ambulatory facility of the future.  Engineering and Facilities Management taps a rich vein of international engineering expertise, looking at indoor air quality and ventilation research, implementation of an ultra-clean ventilation system in the new Karolinska hospital in Finland, insulating monitoring in operating theatres, and using technology to create low energy buildings.  Innovation looks into the future with AI and its relationship to the hospital engineer, the IoT to monitor power usage, and the application of hydrogen-powered fuel cells for clean, reliable energy.

With over 75 conference presentations, booking your conference place early, within the Early booking rate (closes on 30th June), is a must.  See the full conference programme on the event web site, and book your place now!  Discounts are available for NHS professionals, and members of IHEEM, IFHE and Architects for Health.  https://www.healthcare-estates.com/registration/

Previous attendees and members of IHEEM will shortly be receiving a copy of the conference preview (picture attached) in the post with details on how to register and take advantage of the early discount offers. If you do not receive yours contact Michelle Michelucci on 01892 518877 or email MichelleMichelucci@step-exhibitions.com

Additional content is available in the free to attend exhibition theatres. With a new layout and new content the exhibition will be very busy during the 2 days of healthcare Estates this year.

2019 Exhibition Theatres include:

Design and Construction Zone – This area will focus entirely on design and construction within healthcare, it is a ‘must attend’ by architects, contractors and clients as it features the latest project case studies, findings from post occupancy evaluation as well as the sharing of best practice in exemplar design and construction. Supported by: Architects for Health, Design in Mental Health Network, Design Quality Indicator, Procure 22 and Construction Industry Council.

HVAC & Engineering Theatre – Representatives will present on topics including gas safety, infection control, waste management and many more in a theatre focused on technical content aimed at IHEEM members and their colleagues in the healthcare sector. Supported by: IHEEM

Training, Staffing and Apprentice Zone – where we will discuss the significant changes on the horizon within the health sector, including the introduction of new roles and changes to how training will be funded. Many trusts are looking at NHS apprenticeships as a way of meeting the challenges that lie ahead. Apprenticeship and traineeship programs can be a cost-effective way to create a skilled, flexible and motivated workforce and can help employees keep pace with developments in technology and working practices within healthcare. The TB&A team will be on hand to discuss their experiences with apprentices and past apprentices available to help companies and apprentices with their teams. Supported by: IHEEM, National Apprenticeship Service, Apprenticeships Ambassador Network, TROUP BYWATERS +ANDERS and INVESTORS IN PEOPLE.

Infection Control and Water Zone – will focus on water management and infection control with a theatre program hosted by the Water Management Society. The zone will play host to products and services designed to increase water safety and reduce infection risk in hospital environments. Supported by: POOL WATER TREATMENTADVISORY GROUP, Legionella Control Association, CIBSE, THE SOCIETY OF PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEERS and THE WATER MANAGEMENT SOCIETY.

Energy and Sustainability Zone – will showcase the latest techniques & innovation in reducing the carbon footprint across the NHS, allowing the NHS to meet its legal targets set out in the Climate Change Act. In-depth content will also be delivered by the Carbon and Energy Fund, specifically created to fund, facilitate and project manage complex energy infrastructure upgrades for the NHS. Supported by: The Carbon and Energy Fund.

Facilities Management Zone – will focus on hard and soft FM and issues that Facility Management Personnel face on a day to day basis. Supported by: FM North, HEFMA and Healthcare Facilities Consortium

Fire and Security Zone – will present and promote the most recent solutions to the ever growing demand to ensure fire safety and security in the public sector following numerous unprecedented disasters in recent times. Our speakers will be from a wide variety of fire & security companies/associations who have first-hand experience in tackling the complex issues faced within healthcare estates, including active & passive fire protection. Supported by NAHFO and Fire Protection Association

The exhibition opens at 08.45 every morning and the conference kicks off on October 8th with three keynote presentations.  Alasdair Coates, Chief Executive Officer of the Engineering Council will discuss the importance of Engineers in the UK, Engineering Council future CPD and professional requirements, and IHEEM/Engineering Council collaborative agendas.  Professor Michael Kagioglou, Dean of the University of Huddersfield will cover NHS Healthcare and Infrastructure Planning, and Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession NHS Estates and Facilities, NHS Improvement, will be the third Keynote speaker on the first day, discussing the Long Term Plan and EFM Division Objectives.  Sally Becker, “The Angel of Mostar”, will energise the Plenary theatre on 9th October, with a motivational speech based on her experiences as an aid worked in war-torn Serbia in the early 1990s.

 The Keynote sessions take place in the new Plenary theatre on the exhibition floor.  For the first time at the event, this will be open to delegates, VIP’S ((IHEEM members, Architects for Health members, and NHS employees), apprentices, and Exhibitors.  The Plenary theatre will also host a programme of content by IHEEM’s Diversity and Inclusion Group on the 8th of October, following the Plenary session;   Embracing Diversity and Inclusivity into your Engineering Future, with a number of inspirational speakers, including Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO of Women Engineering Society, and Suzie Mertes, Honoured with QPM, Superintendent, Police Scotland, and Fiona Daly from NHSI.  This session will be held in the main plenary theatre within the exhibition hall following the Keynote session, and will be available for all delegates, exhibitors, speakers and visitors to attend.

The NHS Improvement Estates and Facilities Division will be facilitating a Critical Infrastructure Risk workshop on 9th October in collaboration with leading IHEEM subject specialists. This session is also open to all delegates, exhibitors, speakers, and visitors, and is an opportunity for participants to understand Critical Infrastructure Risk; how we operationally manage that risk in our hospitals; and help inform how we design fit for purpose definitions and data collections in the future.

The workshop will be led by Adrian Eggleton, Director and EFM Operational Lead, NHS Estates and Facilities Efficiency and Productivity Division, and Jo Dolby, Commercial Lead, NHSI.    An interactive session, attendees will be asked for input on the following questions:

  • Are current Backlog definitions fit for purpose; and if not, how can we improve them?
  • Recognising that there is Critical Infrastructure Risk in the NHS Estate, how do we manage that risk, ensuring patient safety and minimising impact on service delivery?

The plenary feature will also host a session of international case studies on 9th October, representing the best in hospital planning, design and maintenance, these are also free for delegates, exhibitors, speakers and visitors to attend

The conference this year will be held in the Cobden Rooms, which are at the front of the venue, and will be accessible via the exhibition.  The theme for this year is:  “Where Innovation, Technology and Leadership Meet”,  and this theme will be fulfilled by the four parallel conference sessions on Innovation, Planning Design and Construction, Strategy and Leadership, and Engineering and Facilities Management.

Sessions within these streams will cover topics including: planning, patient experience, hospital rebuild, procurement, smart hospitals, acoustics, access, healthy buildings, patient-centred design, case studies, cleaning, electrics, temperature control, energy saving, management, and ventilation.

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