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Just a few days to go…and plans for 2014…

This year’s Healthcare Estates takes place in Manchester on the 8th & 9th October, and already record numbers from the healthcare sector have registered to attend. Key senior directors and managers from healthcare facilities across the UK will enjoy two days of debate and discussion on key issues affecting the sector and network with 200 exhibitors who will show many of the latest products and services and innovations on offer.

The Healthcare Estates IHEEM conference is expected to attract over 600 delegates; speakers and VIP’s attracted by a new look programme focussed on key subjects that impact on estates and facilities departments.

Day 1 opens with Falklands war veteran, Simon Weston, OBE addressing our theme of ‘putting positive energy into healthcare’ with his own unique story of his own battle after suffering 46% burns to his body when the Sir Gallahad was destroyed during the Falklands War, Simons story became well documented as he struggled to overcome those injuries. His journey is one of overcoming extreme adversity, as he learnt to accept the dramatic changes that impacted on his life, yet at the same time to make the most of life, take on new challenges, and how a positive mental attitude can mean you can achieve anything. He also has unique first-hand experience of our health service and the care he received.

Simon is followed by David Flory, Chief Executive of NHS Trust Development Authority and John Nangle, Crown Commercial lead for Energy at the Cabinet Office who will both set the scene for the two days looking at delivering an integrated solution for public sector users and priorities for estates and facilities going forward.

Greg Markham, President of IHEEM will kick off proceedings on both days by welcoming delegates to the organisation’s annual conference where key issues will be addressed in streams on engineering, estates & facilities management, design & construction, infection prevention, energy saving solutions and property & premises management.

With such great content in the conference, Steve Webb, Director of the event said ‘we have had to work hard this year to give delegates enough time to circulate with over 200 exhibiting companies. The level of innovation and companies tackling many of the issues healthcare establishments face on a day to day basis makes the exhibition an important date in any hospital maintenance, estates management and facilities team’.

The importance of this annual event for both visitors who come to learn and find solutions while enjoying debate with colleagues and experts from across healthcare, plus companies showcasing their products and services is in evidence by the level of interest and support.

Steve Webb, Show Director Comments; ‘Our excellent level of pre-registration shows the importance teams and individuals place on Healthcare Estates each year. Since we moved the event to Manchester we have seen a steady rise in attendance as the issues facing estates and facilities departments become more critical as budgets shrink and costs increase. We continue to play an important role for companies to showcase products and services and our visitors to have the opportunity to come and see the latest advancements and able to ask advice from experts.

Healthcare Estates consistently increases numbers attending as visitors, and exhibitor numbers have remained high, even during the downturn, reflecting the importance of the Healthcare sector.’

Webb explained, ‘this year we have added more new features and improvements to make the event even more compelling. The exhibition and all the fringe presentations are completely free to attend.

The ‘Energy Theatre’ on the exhibition floor provides a packed programme of short presentations by leading organisations dedicated to reducing energy and carbon costs in healthcare establishments across the UK; sessions look at ‘client benefits of the CEF in Yeovil and Warrington; E.ON will present a session on ‘self-funding investment in energy saving for healthcare estates’; while Mike Malina of Energy Solutions will present a session on ‘making buildings fit for purpose’.

Day 2 in the same theatre offers even more free content with two highlights being ‘delivering more with less in a difficult environment by GE and Fiona Daly from Barts Health and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries introducing the first CO2 two-stage compressor with a combination of rotary and scroll compression cycles.

A first for this year, we are working closely with our event partners IHEEM, who are providing a series of drop-in sessions. The IHEEM Advisory Group – Architecture & Design of the Built Environment will be holding drop-in-sessions for visitors and delegates wanting to take the opportunity to learn more about designing, planning and delivering building solutions that are exemplars of “Built Environment – Fit for 2020 Vision”.

20:20 vision focuses upon care in the community, easing pressures on space within an acute hospital environment.  In theory, such an approach could reduce overall built environment space, thus making the space that does exist more flexible in its use and generating greater cost reductions, through not requiring space duplication to meet the change in clinical demand to meet patient needs.

In recent austere times, the NHS is faced with an ageing estate with building services (mechanical and electrical plant installations) becoming obsolete.  Remodelling and refurbishment projects now have a relatively higher engineering cost requirement as a result of this.  The opportunity is now primed to replace these installations approaching the end of their life-cycle with newer installations with greater capacity, providing a view on flexibility for future demand.  An example would be to install enhanced safe systems and back-up power such as Isolated Power Supplies (IPS) and Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS) to meet the equipment demands of a highly serviced area.  This provides the future proofing for potentially the next 30 years.

Other discussion themes available include:

  • Use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to help stakeholders assess and address the on-going problem of the adoption of new innovations into the NHS.
  • Briefing through extensive stakeholder engagement
  • DQI for Health as a tool to facilitate stakeholders through the project cycle
  • Design Quality as an expectation, not an extra – we don’t do mediocre
  • Flexibility – of the retained estate and in new/extended buildings
  • Evidence based design – randomised consumer trials (Ben Goldacre)
  • Procurement of professional services – review, revise, simplify
  • Partnering with private sector expertise – noting that 99% of construction professionals supporting the NHS are in the private sector

These sessions will take place in the Central meeting rooms on the 8th & 9thOctober – to book a place contact Chris Parker, Recruitment & Membership Manager

Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management Tel: 02392 823186

E-mail: chris.parker@iheem.org.uk

Web: www.iheem.org.uk

More ‘free ‘content is available in the Contractors & Architects theatre; The Construction Industry Council will present as session on ‘Implementation of BIM for the healthcare sector’; Stantec will present ‘how South West Enniskillen Hospital became an award winning sustainable building on a site of natural outstanding beauty, while on day 2 the Design in Mental Health Network will provide an update on the better bedroom and the DSDC will provide an introduction to the DSDC dementia design audit tool for hospitals.

Pre-registered visitors can now reserve places at no cost in these sessions and others in the NHS Sustainability theatre and HEJ Product theatre.

Webb explained, ‘Our job is to make the exhibition as compelling and interesting as possible. Creating the right mix of visitors and exhibitors with useful content is how we achieve this. We feel this year we have created a compelling programme and gathered a fantastic number of companies who can only help estates teams in the healthcare sector’.

The organisers of Healthcare Estates Exhibition and Conference are once again providing VIP visitors coming to this year’s event a series of benefits. Healthcare visitors driving to the event will be offered ‘Complimentary’ parking on site at the venue, with complimentary tea and coffee in a dedicated VIP area of the exhibition.

Director, Steve Webb explained, ‘many visitors pre-register for events and then face the difficulty of justifying the expense of travel and accommodation before they get to an exhibition. We felt that as putting positive energy is the key theme at this year’s event, we would continue this positive initiative with ways of saving costs in Healthcare’.

Steve explained, ‘qualifying visitors arriving at the event are eligible for the offer. We’ve signed up nearly 400 visitors to the scheme last year and hope to confirm more for this years event’.

NHS Trust Development Authority Chief Executive David Flory will deliver the opening keynote address, ‘priorities going forward’ on day 1 while on day 2 Pete Sellars, Head of Profession, NHS Estates Policy Division at the DoH will talk on ‘Estates & Facilities Assurance to support future regulatory performance.

Webb summarised this years show ‘ we have companies representing every sector of healthcare – from clinical equipment, energy suppliers to furniture, building materials and consultancy services. Some of the biggest names in the healthcare sector and largest companies in the UK are exhibiting this year: E.On, Cynergin, British Gas, British Gypsum, Dalkia, Procure 21+, Mitsubishi, Siemens, Capita, Static Systems, Dalkia and many more – in total of 200 companies exhibiting’.

Webb continued, ‘this year we have a new initiative for visitors. Every visitor will be given a card with the aim of asking them to see a minimum of fifteen companies during their visit. Any doing so will be entered into a draw, kindly sponsored by Steri Spray to win an Ipad’. This is not a gimmick, far from it, it’s to encourage visitors to see as many companies as they can and get the most out of the event’.

The organisers of the exhibition, Step Exhibitions, also revealed their plans for 2014. Director, Steve Webb explained; “We are highlighting the benefits to visitors of attending exhibitions and conferences. ‘We will again have a number of new areas reflecting the needs of visitors and what they want to see at this hugely important event’. Healthcare Estates will add two new ‘free to attend’ theatres for 2014 with one devoted to BIM in Practice supported by new supporting organisation ’construction industry council’ and a new area devoted to medical devices with a supporting theatre.

Webb concluded; ‘Healthcare Estates offers a great opportunity to meet colleagues, ask questions face to face, to touch and feel the new products on display. Technology is moving at such a pace and changes in regulations make attending Healthcare Estates an important part of visitors annual planning’. Webb continued, ‘we specifically target engineers, facilities managers, electricians, contractors and providers of services to the healthcare sector working closely with our main partners and key exhibitors to continue improving the visitor experience’.

Next year’s event which will take place at Manchester Central, in October on the 7th and 8th.

For more information on the offer contact the team on 01892 518877 or email healthcare@stepex.com

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