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Keynote Speakers Announced at Healthcare Estates 2015

The Government’s pledge to plough more than £8 billion into health and social care infrastructure is the minimum required to keep the NHS afloat according to the Kings Fund.

While Lord Carters report published in June finds that the NHS can make better use of staff, using medicines more effectively and getting far better value from the huge number of products the NHS buys.

With more to come from Lord Carter in the autumn, when he publishes details of a tool which will allow comparisons between overall productivity and efficiency at different hospitals. There will also be a description of a “model hospital” covering best practice in cost control in areas like operating theatres and A&E.

Researchers at the King’s Fund found that an unprecedented nine out of 10 hospitals in England are predicting an end-of-year deficit, with estimates suggesting that NHS providers could go £2bn into the red. The stark warning from the respected think tank, also undermined some of the Government’s flagship NHS pledges, stating that an £8bn funding increase for the NHS in England by 2020 – announced before the election – is a bare minimum and cannot pay for David Cameron’s promise of seven-day working across the health service.

Richard Murray, director of policy at The King’s Fund, said that while last year’s deficit among NHS providers – who overspent by £823m – was unprecedented, this year was shaping up to be “much worse”.

“If the Chancellor does not find additional funding in the Budget, the government must face the consequences – either patient care will suffer or the Department of Health will overspend its budget this year,” he said. “NHS leaders have signalled a stronger focus on financial control and there is still significant scope to increase productivity in the NHS, but this will not be enough to close the black hole in NHS finances.”

The NHS is now in the sixth year of the longest funding squeeze in its history. While the budget in England increased by an average of 0.8 per cent over the last Parliament, spending has not kept up with patient demand and rising costs.

The IHEEM conference which takes place alongside Healthcare Estates exhibition in Manchester, October 20 & 21 will focus on these issues and other ways to improve efficiencies with the theme of ‘Healthcare Efficiency Through Innovation’.

Lord Carter from the Department of Health presents a keynote address at the conference, and is one of a number of speakers the organisers have announced for 2015.

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Lord Carter, who chairs the NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel, was commissioned by the Department of Health last year to examine the practices of 22 leading hospitals. The report, published in June, finds that the NHS spends billions on inefficient processes and that better management of staff, rotas and shifts could save £400m a year.

Carter says that by making better use of staff, using medicines more effectively and getting better value from the huge number of products the NHS buys, billions a year could be saved by 2020. He also suggests that by cutting the number of product lines from more than 500,000 to fewer than 10,000 and being better at procurement, it could save up to £1bn by 2020.

Lord Carter will outline his template for an efficient “model hospital”. For the first time, he will publish a measure of efficiency in every hospital – which will be called the Adjusted Treatment Index. By September, he and the Department of Health will set out what each hospital is expected to save by putting in place the report’s recommendations.

The IHEEM Conference has also announced a number of leading NHS Chiefs will address the audience at this year’s conference.

Following Lord Carter, a second keynote will be given by Ian Williamson, Chief Officer from Greater Manchester Health and Care Devolution. Mr Williamson has been appointed to oversee the implementation of the first stages of Greater Manchester’s health devolution deal. Mr Williamson is also the senior officer responsible for the controversial reorganisation of healthcare services across Greater Manchester known as ‘Healthier Together’. This is seeking to concentrate emergency and high risk general surgery, currently delivered at 10 hospitals, on four or five sites. In his new role he will be responsible to the recently established Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution Programme Board.

Over the coming months, Mr Williamson will ultimately be responsible for ensuring appropriate staffing and resources are in place, strengthening governance arrangements, and drawing up a business case by October which will, according to the MOU, “inform submissions to the forthcoming comprehensive spending review”.

Mr Williamson has worked in Manchester since 2010. Prior to that, he held a number of senior roles in the NHS including six years as a primary care trust chief executive in Merseyside and Cheshire. He will address delegates on the second day.

Karen Baker, Chief Executive, Isle of White NHS Trust will speak on day one on ‘Sustaining Modern NHS Estates through Partnership’ and will also be taking part in a panel debate chaired by Simon Corben, Business Development Director, Capita Health. The session will look at the state of public finances which is likely to require at least £20bn in efficiency savings from the healthcare sector; the NHS therefore faces a number of challenges to deliver improved productivity and quality and ensure compliance.

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With four dedicated streams devoted to Estates & Facilities; Energy & Efficiency; Engineering and Planning Design & Construction the conference offers unparalleled opportunities for those working in the NHS to improve and develop working practices.

In a dedicated BIM session on Day 1  Dr Sarah Davidson of Gleeds continues the theme of the conference by looking at ‘Government Soft Landings (GSL) – Driving Efficiency and Continuous Improvement; Aligning Design and Construction with Operational Asset Management and Purpose.’ The Government Soft Landing policy is mandated in line with BIM and therefore by 2016 all central government construction capital expenditure should be undertaken using Government Soft Landings (GSL).

Government Soft Landings (GSL) is to be used to bridge the gap between expectation and reality by engaging users and operators to review and comment upon the design, construction, commissioning and handover proposals. Adopting an approach that truly addresses outcomes required and how they will be delivered and assessed. Enabling collaborative working through the supply chain Construction  Design & FM throughout the project lifecycle.

GSL will provide an operational input and challenge to construction and design to ensure that operational costs are maintained and impact to change assessed. The use of BIM visualisation capability to test users and operators perceptions and assist with ongoing planning modifications to asset use and impact on lifecycle costs.

In the Energy & Efficiency streams presentations tackle the subjects of ‘How to Deliver and Energy-Efficient Estate….. With No Funding’ – a challenge many would believe impossible but explained by   Kathryn Dapré NHS National Services Scotland. Kathryn leads the Engineering and Energy team within the Strategic Facilities Directorate of NHS National Services Scotland. The Directorate’s role is to provide professional support and advice to all NHS Boards and other stakeholders in all aspects of healthcare estates management. The Engineering and Energy team have the specific remit of ensuring engineering safety and resilience across all NHS Scotland sites, and of ensuring that those sites operate in as energy efficient a manner as possible. Prior to joining the NHS, Kathryn spent over 15 years in energy and carbon consultancy, where clients included local and national government, GSK, Calmac and BT.

Kathryn’s session is preceded by Mr Howard Jones Director of Estates and Facilities – Royal United Hospital Bath, who will explain how ‘Using Smart Tools to Make Hospitals Work Better.’

With over 65 sessions and nearly 100 speakers the IHEEM Conference offers delegates a unique opportunity to learn, catch up with colleagues and understand some of the significant challenges the NHS and new government have set.

The organisers, Step Exhibitions have endeavoured to add an international flavour; Victoria Jones, Director of Creative Arts, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne will present a session on Creative Healthcare in the Planning, Design & Construction stream.

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While the session on Infection Prevention focuses on New North Zealand Hospital, Denmark. The New North Zealand Hospital recently scooped the Futura Mega Project of the year Award at the MIPIM Awards that honour the most outstanding and accomplished projects, completed or yet to be built, around the world.

Steven Bentley Director – Ramboll UK – Building Services named engineering services and project management consultant for this project that is marked for completion in 2020. New North Zealand Hospital is a pioneering new £400 million hospital project in the region North of Copenhagen, Denmark will span over 128,000sqm, serve over 310,000 people and will hold nearly 700 beds.

Victoria Emerton, Conference Director commented; “we have a great mix of ‘real’ examples at this year’s conference with some fantastic speakers working directly within the NHS innovating and improving the NHS. Delegates will get to hear about exciting projects at Alder Hey Hospital, Royal United Hospital Bath, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Barts Hospital London, Sussex Community Health Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Other speakers confirmed for the conference, which takes place in Manchester on 20 & 21 include Stephen Collinson, Chief Executive, Ryhurst, Ben Barker, Hore Lee, Guy Brookes, Gilling Dodd Architects, Eugene Conroy, ETA Projects Ltd., David Kershaw, P21+ & Programme Director, Balfour Beatty, Dr Sarah Davidson, Gleeds, Professor Andrew Price and Efthimia Pantzartzis of Loughborough University and Elizabeth Whelan, Southbank University.

Day one concludes with the ever popular ‘Worry Pit’ presented by EFM2 led by Darryn Kerr. This year the organiseres have opened this up to delegates, visitors and exhibitors. This exciting innovation wil bring the issues that keep Estates Directors and their bosses awake at night to everyone attending and allow for further debate and hopefully answers to some long standing issues.

On day two, the keynote will be given by Kim Ormsby, National CSR and Sustainability Manager, NHS Property Services.  Kim was previously Facilities Manager for 3 PCTs and responsible for sustainability and waste management for 6 PCTs giving her a valuable insight into her talk on ‘Improving quality in the patient environment through sustainability’.

Day 2 continues with a packed programme culminating in the popular ‘worry pit’ with ‘worry pit2 – we’re going to need a bigger ladder’ this fascinating session proved so popular last year there was standing room only. Panellists include Darryn Kerr, St James’ University Hospital, Howard Jones, Royal United Hospital, Bath, Mark Bagnall, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust, John Simpson, University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and John Wilkes, The Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust.

Dinner & awards

The organisers and IHEEM have announced this year’s after dinner speaker and presenter of the 2015 awards is ex England Rugby International, Gareth Chilcott. Chilcott, former Bath and England Rugby Player achieved 5 League Winners Medals, 7 Cup Winners Medals and 22 England International Caps (1984 – 1990) and is now recognised as a leading rugby pundit and one of the UK’s most entertaining rugby speakers. Gareth will be co-hosting the Dinner and Awards and with Healthcare Estates falling right in the heart of the Rugby World Cup will give a talk on his exceptional experience in the game. This year the dinner is expected to once again be a sell-out with over 500 expected to attend, the awards are sponsored by Wandsworth Group, Vanguard Healthcare and NQA.

Steve Webb, Director for organisers Step Exhibitions, said “Healthcare Estates is ideally placed to provide the latest information six months on from the general election. As a response, registrations are at record levels, already table bookings are going fast for those looking to attend the dinner while record numbers have reserved their delegate places at the annual IHEEM conference. We will once again be running the VIP scheme which following the success of the last few years is sponsored by Wandsworth Group and gives our VIP visitors a place to relax, enjoy complimentary refreshments and conduct meetings with suppliers and colleagues.

For more information contact:

Sarah Worwood on 01892 518877 or email: healthcare@stepex.com

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