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Registration opens for spring seminars in May

Healthcare Estates organisers, Step Exhibitions have launched a series of seminars to complement the main Manchester event.

The first ‘Healthcare In Focus’ event comprises  two seminars, being held concurrently on 14 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Bickenhill near Solihull, and part of the IHEEM Technical Programme.

Places are limited and IHEEM members benefit from a significant discount on the ticket price. Booking details are on the IHEEM and Healthcare Estates web sites.

Implementing New Expectations for Water Quality

IHEEM_Tech_buttonSeminar 1, which will be chaired by Dr Nick Hill, research and development director at the Water Hygiene Centre, and chair of IHEEM’s Water Technical Platform, will focus on ‘Implementing new expectations for water quality’.

Speakers include: Tim Wafer, Technical and Compliance Director, Water Solutions Group, David Harper, Public Health Consultant, Bill Millar, Interim Head of Capital, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Sessions include presentations on the changing regulatory environment – new HSE ACoP and Technical Guidance on Legionella and HTM04 Addendum on Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These will be followed by presentations on The Use and Abuse of Chlorine Dioxide in Healthcare Environments. Other sessions include Water Risk Assessment – Legionaella and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and a presentation from a Trust perspective on Water Safety Plans and their development of a policy and safety plan and the reality of their implementation.

Medical Device Compliance – ‘Setting the Standards’

Seminar 2 also on 14 May – will examine, with substantial input from IHEEM’s Medical Devices Advisory Group, the current regulatory background for the use of medical devices in all healthcare settings.

David Easton, Chairs the sessions with other speakers confirmed including Mark Harvey, Head of Harmful Products, Hugh James Solicitors, Catriona Blake, Team Manager, Imaging and Community Care, MHRA. These are followed in the afternoon by Jeff Pickering, IHEEM MDAG Member, Ian Threkeld, Head of Clinical Engineering, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with others to be confirmed.

This is MDAG’s first seminar and promises to be a fantastic event, as the MHRA have just confirmed their attendance. With the release of the new Medical Device Bulletin concerning medical device management, and other standards currently being drafted, attendance by anyone interested in this subject matter will be very advantageous.

Sessions include presentations on Current Medical Device Legislation & Litigation Examples, and update from the MHRA on MHRA DB2006(5), the afternoon sees a presentation on Physical Science and Engineering Quality Improvement Project, followed by a session on Recycling Usable Equipment in the NHS and a closing session on what will they think of next?’ a look at The future Challenges of Medical Device Management’.

Both seminars are being held at the National Motorcycle Museum on the same day as this year’s Design in Mental Health Network Conference and Exhibition (www.designinmentalhealth.com/)

The second Healthcare In Focus event will take place in the Great Hall at London’s Bart’s Hospital on 21 May. Run in association with BRE and Barts Health NHS Trust, the ‘Building Sustainable Healthcare’ event will be free-to-attend for the first 100 NHS personnel to register. Registration is open at www.healthcare-estates.com

Sustainability strategy

In response to the recent launch of the new NHS Sustainable Development Strategy for the healthcare, public health, and social care sectors across England, BRE and Step Exhibitions, working with IHEEM, are hosting a series of conferences on sustainable healthcare. These will provide expert advice and information to help all those organisations working across the now significantly broader ‘landscape’ to deliver the Strategy objectives.”

The 21 May ‘sustainability’ event is being organised in conjunction with Barts Health NHS Trust, and will take place in the impressive Great Hall at Barts Hospital.

Dr David Pencheon OBE, director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, will deliver the keynote address on 21 May, explaining what the new Strategy means for the NHS, while Trevor Payne, the Barts Health NHS Trust’s director of Estates, will set out its impact on the NHS. The focus will be decarbonising the NHS estate, with a specific look at the opportunities available though installing new lighting technologies and photovoltaics, and the impact of better housing on the healthcare system.

The events are supported by some of the suppliers and manufacturers involved in these sectors. With only 12 supporting partner packages available, the organisers urged any interested companies to contact James Lee, Commercial Manager as soon as possible, jameslee@stepex.com

To register your interest in the Healthcare In Focus events, visit the Healthcare Estates website, at www.healthcare-estates.com and click on the ‘Healthcare…In Focus’ button, contact Step Exhibitions. T: 01892 518877, or email: sales@healthcare.com 

Healthcare Estates October, Manchester Central

HCE_LINK_200w)x200(h)Healthcare Estates conference itself – being held at from 7-8 October at Manchester Central – and with a growing attendance, and successful conference in 2013, the organisers will be continuing to offer NHS employees ‘VIP status’ at many events, and, in Steve Webb’s words, ‘maximum return on time’.

The theme of Healthcare Estates 2014 is ‘Quality in the Patient Environment’, with a major focus on the changes that have taken place in the NHS, and how these impact on the estate. Steve Webb added: “We are aiming to attract over 500 conference delegates to the conference this year and are working very hard to make the event an attractive proposition to Healthcare employees and the NHS and Private sector.

VT-Logo1Delegates travelling by train will benefit from special rates we have agreed with Virgin Trains. A large number of NHS Trusts would like to send personnel to the event and costs of travel and time out of the office are key considerations. As well as reduced train travel, we also offer visitors who drive complimentary parking, complimentary tea and coffee on site and discounted delegate rates to the conference, providing a compelling package for attending”.

Healthcare Estates 2014 takes place on 7 and 8 October at Manchester Central, and, alongside the conference and dinner, will incorporate an exhibition with sector-focussed theatres.


For more information, including rates for exhibiting and visiting details contact the Step Exhibitions team on
Tel: 01892 518877
email: sales@healthcare.com  






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