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September Press Release

More choice at Healthcare Estates 2017

Strategy and Leadership, Estates and Facilities Management, Planning Design and Construction are the cornerstones around which the Healthcare Estates conference is based.  Taking place between 10-11 October at Manchester Central, the programme is arranged into hour-long modules to enable delegates to plan their visit effectively to meet their information needs, and new for 2017, NHS staff can book to attend the conference in a Pic ‘n’ Mix style of up to two modules per person over the 2 days for £70+VAT per module.  Booking for these or 1- and 2-day passes is available in advance or onsite at Manchester Central.

Expert speakers from trusts and contractors will cover a diverse range of topics in the Healthcare Estates conference in concentrated 20 minute presentations, allowing for coverage of the maximum number of topics, and the time in the breaks for delegates to speak at length to speakers to gain more insight into areas of interest to them.  Governance and assurance, cost saving, efficiency, patient care, and the patient experience are all key themes in the Healthcare Estates conference this year.  With accountability and fire safety also very topical at the moment, the conference programme this year aims to cover all key areas affecting Estates and Facilities professionals now and in the future.

Strategy and Leadership stream looks at the bigger picture: Modern day management of the NHS Estate and the most appropriate metrics to be able to do this as well as meet cost and efficiency savings targets; acquisitions and mergers – learning from the experiences of a seasoned professional who has been through this process; and the important subject of rationalising estates – sharing resources, overcoming historical working practices to achieve a new normal, and blending geographical barriers to provide the best, most effective patient care for the local population.

Engineering and Facilities Management will consider safety and accountability in fire prevention, as well as practical aspects of estates management, including energy procurement, the sustainability of facility management practices, the measurable impact of a building on the occupants’ health, the perennial bugbear of parking on hospital sites, and incremental improvements that can improve a site’s car parking efficiency and access.

Planning, Design and Construction will showcase and consider modern approaches to hospital building and design – consideration for environments suitable for dementia, modular solutions to space shortage, sensitive A&E department design, the use of technology to enhance patient care and the blending of social boundaries in healthcare provision.

Delegate bookings for the conference are high, with time left to book a place before the event opens on 10th October.  With time factored into the conference programme to network and meet new contacts in the exhibition, visiting Healthcare Estates is a fantastically efficient use of time away from the office; CPD-accredited learning; networking with peers, the best of the products and services available to the sector, and the prestigious IHEEM dinner and awards.

NHS Heavyweights to speak at Healthcare Estates 2017

Starting the conference with a Keynote address by Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession, NHS Estates and Facilities at NHS Improvement, Simon will discuss the need for clearer corporate governance and assurance, as well as reflecting on his first six months in office.  David Loughton, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust will follow Simon, and both will take part in a panel discussion moderated by Pete Sellars, IHEEM President.  The panel will pick up the Governance and Assurance theme raised by Simon, and will represent the professional perspective of a hospital Trust, and the parallel experience of an institution in higher education.   Panellists joining Simon Corben and David Loughton include: Kevin Oxley, Director of Estates, Procurement and ICT at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Lord James O’Shaughnessy replaced Lord Brampton as a minister for NHS Productivity. As Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, Lord O’Shaughnessy  will lead on a range of policy areas which includes responsibility for NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships, including NHS procurement, NHS security management, and estates and facilities.  Lord O’Shaughnessy advised the former Prime Minister from 2010 to 2011, as David Cameron’s former Downing Street policy chief, and was recently appointed as a minister at the Department of Health in Theresa Mays recent reshuffle. Lord O’Shaughnessy will deliver the Keynote presentation on the second day of Healthcare Estates, 11 October.

IHEEM President’s legacy

The importance of apprentices in the longevity of Healthcare Engineering is a theme of Healthcare Estates as a whole this year, following the focus shone on this important legacy subject by the IHEEM President Pete Sellars.  The Apprentices theatre within the exhibition will give them information and encouragement by professionals who were themselves apprentices, and a new perspective on a career in the Healthcare Engineering and Facilities management.  In addition a workshop for apprentices in the conference run by Darryn Kerr, Estates and Facilities DirectorUniversity Hospital Leicester, himself an apprentice, and supported by Sharon Baines, Learning and Development Manager at University Hospital Leicester, will explain the journey from apprentice to Estates and Facilities Director from someone who has completed that journey, as well as an outline of Leicester’s approach to apprenticeships and how this links with the Government’s Apprenticeships initiative, and the view from apprentices themselves and their practical experiences so far. 

A Focus on Fire Safety

The ongoing work into testing the fire resistance of cladding of healthcare facilities following the tragedy at Grenfell tower in June, has raised a number of issues which will be addressed by the panel discussion on 10 October, and picked up in a conference module dedicated to fire, on 11 October.  Legal accountability will be discussed by Peter Beckenham from lawyers Keystone Law, Dr Aiofe Hunt from Movement strategies will consider evacuation strategies from Healthcare buildings, and Russ Timpson from Horizonscan will cover façade fire safety in hospitals with respect to cladding.  Conference Director Victoria Emerton said:  “This is a very worrying time for the fire safety officers in healthcare, and Healthcare Estates as ever, tries to answer questions and provide the experts with the best advice available”.

Systems Engineering in Healthcare

IHEEM, together with IPEM and CIBSE have had significant involvement in the new report by the Royal Academy of Engineering:  Engineering Better Care; a Systems Approach to Health and Care Design and Continuous Improvement. This preliminary report, in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Medical Sciences, is based on an extended conversation within a unique forum of experts; systems engineers, health and care professionals, quality improvement experts, and patient representatives.  The report outlines the findings of the work, which aimed to define and describe the engineering systems approach, and explore in partnership with healthcare leaders whether such an approach could be applied in health and care.  This report provides a clear definition of a systems approach, setting out a framework and tools for its implementation in health and care, and presenting case studies exemplifying the importance of such an approach for health and care improvement. It is aimed at stimulating conversation with funders, healthcare provider leaders, teams and individuals delivering quality improvement and service design. Its ideas and tools can be used for improvement by everyone in health and care roles in all professions, clinical and non-clinical, from the smallest local teams to the largest national organisations.  Representatives from IHEEM, IPEM and CIBSE will discuss the content and findings of this report at the Healthcare Estates conference. 

New Exhibition Theatres

The exhibition has a total of six theatres all offering complimentary content to visitors, exhibitor guests and delegates.

New:  The Apprentice Theatre will showcase the work done by apprentices in the healthcare sector and the companies employing them. Supported by WISE and Investors in People, theatre sponsor Troup Bywaters + Anders will focus on the significant changes to the Government Apprenticeship scheme, 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 programmes 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.

Another new area, The Facilities Management Theatre features a two day programme focusing on hard and soft FM in healthcare. Supported by The British Institute of Cleaning Services, Health Estates & Facilities Management Association (HefmA) FM North and apetitio. . Presentations from a mix of exhibitors and supporters look at ‘the importance of food standards and cleaning in the NHS and HTM compliance with SFG20.

The Water & Infection Control Theatre with the Water Management Society and Legionella Control Association has two full days of content looking at Compliance, Governance and the role of the Regulator in Water Safety, Top Tips For Safer Hospital Water and How to Reduce the Spread of Infection; the Hospital Engineering Theatre with NAHFO and IHEEM looks at The Perils of Prefabricated Wiring Electrical Inspection and Testing in Healthcare Premises.

The Healthcare Design Theatre offers a range of subjects from a plethora of organisations including; Architects for Health, BIM 4 Health, Construction Industry Council, Design in Mental Health Network and Procure 22. Last year the theatre had ‘standing room’ only with the theatre a ‘must attend’ destination for architects, contractors and healthcare clients as it features the latest case studies, findings from post occupancy evaluation as well as the sharing of best practice in healthcare design.

The Energy & Sustainability Theatre offers a 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 be delivered by the Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF), specifically created to fund, facilitate and project manage complex energy infrastructure upgrades for the NHS.

The Hospital Engineering Theatre will feature presentations by leading NHS Trusts on recently completed innovative engineering projects. The theatre is supported by IHEEM and NAHFO and will feature examples of engineering excellence, case-studies and best practice.

More Products, More Choice

By experiencing the range of products and services on offer from over 220 companies, you can be sure to make the right decision, Healthcare Estates exhibition provides you with every opportunity to see products demonstrated, essential in an industry where actually touching or using the product is part of the buying process.

Healthcare Estates is open from 8.45 am each morning, Manchester is one of the most accessible places from most parts of the UK, and the easiest city to travel around. Booking your train ticket today could save you a lot of money, and once in Manchester we are a just short walk from Piccadilly station and surrounded by hotels and facilities to make your visit worthwhile.  Entrance to the exhibition is complimentary and registration couldn’t be simpler, online at www.healthcare-estates.com or you can turn up onsite and register for free

The exhibition is attended by many professionals involved in the sector; management from the department of health, NHS estates, facilities, sustainability and procurement professionals, managers and buyers for private hospitals, nursing and care homes. You will also be mixing with visitors and exhibitors from NHS Trusts, Primary care, Ambulance trusts, mental trusts, care trusts, foundation hospitals, architects, consultants, main contractors, developers and government bodies and agencies.

Dinner & Awards presented by After Dinner Speaker Steve Davis

Former Snooker player Steve Davis is this years after dinner speaker for the Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards Dinner 2017. Steve will be entertaining the audience with the highs and lows of his interesting career alongside presenting our awards.

Steve Davis has won more professional snooker titles in the sport than any other player, including six World Championships during the 1980s, when he was the world number one for seven years and became the sport’s first millionaire.

This year the dinner is expected to once again be a sell-out with over 500 expected to attend, the awards are sponsored by Robertson, Engie and Rockfon.


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