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Key partners and 2014 theme announced

The theme for this year’s Healthcare Estates Conference is ‘Quality in the Patient Environment’ reflecting the key issue of patient care and the impacts of the estates and facilities departments on this.

Steve Webb, show director at Step Exhibitions, said: “Maintaining a safe environment reflects a level of compassion and vigilance for patient welfare that is as important as any other aspect of competent health care. Good environments matter. Every NHS and Private patient should be cared for with compassion and dignity in a clean, safe environment..

The introduction of PLACE in April 2013 is the new system for assessing the quality of the patient environment, replacing the old Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) inspections. The assessments will apply to hospitals, hospices and day treatment centres providing NHS funded care. PLACE assessments provide motivation for improvement by providing a clear message, directly from patients, about how the environment or services might be enhanced

Conference Overview

This year’s IHEEM conference will include leading experts with the two-day programme covering every aspect of design, build, management and maintenance of healthcare facilities.

Focussed on four streams; Energy, Estates & Facilities Management, Planning Design & Construction and Engineering the conference offers a good range of topics and speakers for every department in these sectors.

The conference sits alongside the Healthcare Estates exhibition and takes place on the 7 and 8 October in the centre of Manchester.

Preferential rates are available to NHS employees and IHEEM members and a specific VIP programme and networking area are provided with many other benefits to make attendance easier.

Step Exhibitions, organisers of Healthcare Estates, have confirmed Capita as one of this years event sponsors, they along with new event sponsor enviropharm will offer visitors and delegates two days of fantastic content, new products, meetings, opportunities to meet colleagues, entertainment and advise and learning on the latest key issues impacting on the healthcare sector.

Mark James, CEO, Enviropharm said: “Enviropharm specialise in clean-technologies that are an environmentally sound way of managing complex waste & waste water streams emanating from hospitals.

The Company’s approach is to enable the healthcare sector develop, adopt and implement clean-technologies – with new products & practices that enhance patient care – whilst also generating operational efficiencies and financial savings. The System’s potential engages stakeholders across the whole hospital management spectrum: Clinical, Executive & Financial, Operations & Facilities, the Environment and Sustainability aspects such as Carbon Reduction. Healthcare Estates 2014 is a great platform for Enviropharm to promote this technology.

We are looking forward to the Healthcare Estates 2014 to introduce the Pharmafilter Technology.”

Interactive sessions

The conference will include a series of interactive sessions, with a ‘question time’ approach to allow delegates to interact with a panel of key speakers. ‘Last year we introduced ‘the worry pit’ which was packed and provided delegates with a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading Estates Directors in the UK on ‘what keeps them awake at night’. Such was the success of the session the organisers will be repeating it in 2014 as part of the main conference programme.

‘Our aim is to add interactive elements to the conference with elements of audience participation, giving delegates the opportunity to question some of the main players in healthcare’ said Steve Webb. “Step & IHEEM are approaching a number of key names to set out the strategic agenda for healthcare; we see this as important for the morning of the first day before we start to cover the ‘how to do it.”

Visitor and delegate registrations for Healthcare Estates are now open. Conference delegates booking before 9 September will receive a significant reduction in delegate rates, with further benefits for IHEEM members, and those working directly within the NHS and private hospitals. Steve Webb said: “The rates for a two-day IHEEM member working in the NHS or Private Hospital have been reduced, allowing some delegates to book the two-day conference for just £260 with the ‘early bird rate’. Even non-IHEEM members will save money if they book early’ For more information and details on the conference, visit www.healthcare-estates.com

‘VIP’ dedicated area

“With the conference theme of ‘Quality in the Patient Environment’, the VIP area will offer a dedicated zone for our VIP visitors to relax and meet with colleagues while looking at examples of improvements to the healthcare environments. The area is available to workers from the healthcare sector, NHS, private hospitals, and related sectors, members of Architects for Health, and other qualifying visitors.

The exhibition

In addition to the VIP area, the exhibition floor will have three dedicated theatres, each offering two full days of presentations by key companies and supporting organisations. The theatres are:

• Energy & Sustainability Theatre. Featuring presentations from the Carbon & energy Fund and their framework, while day two will feature presentations from BRE and selected exhibitors.

• The Contractor & Architects Theatre. Back by popular demand is the Contractors & Architects features leading architectural firms (including Stantec and ADP) and contractors will showcase recent or current projects. There will also be presentations from Architects for Health and Construction Industry Council.

• Mental Health plus Fire & security Theatre. NEW for this year’s Healthcare Estates is the Mental Health and Fire & Security Theatre. On day one, the programme is being led and delivered by the Design in Mental Health Network and exhibitors. Day two will see presentations from leading organisations in the fire and security sectors including the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers (NAHFO).

• Construction Industry Council BIM Area. NEW for this year’s Healthcare Estates is the Construction Industry Council BIM Area. Across the two days this area will have workshops, software demonstrations, networking events, case studies profiled and BIM specific sessions on the ‘Contractors & Architects Theatre mentioned earlier’. The area is being managed by the Construction Industry Council and is supported by Architects for Health and currently sponsored by Architects Design Partnership (a leading contractor and a leading engineering firm are able to sponsor the area as well). Contact James Lee on 01892 518877 for more details or jameslee@stepex.com

• NHS Feature Area. NEW for this year’s Healthcare Estates is the NHS Feature Area. We are inviting NHS Trusts to profile current projects to their peers and interested individuals. The area will feature up to twelve current projects and will have both a static display area as well as an interactive area (all complementary to the trust). This will be a must attend feature this year where you can hear from those at the sharp end the new builds or refurbishments taking place.

To put forward your company/organisation for the theatres or to find out more please contact James Lee on either 01892 518877 or jameslee@stepex.com.

For the current programme, and to register for the conference or exhibition, visit the www.healthcare-estates.com or telephone: 01892 518877. For conference details and delegate rates, email: michelle@stepex.com

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