The IHEEM Conference at Healthcare Estates key themes are governance and assurance, cost saving, efficiency, patient care, and the patient experience. With accountability and fire safety also topical, the conference programme in October aims to cover all key areas affecting estates and facilities professionals.

Strategy and leadership, estates and facilities management, planning design and construction; are the cornerstones around which the conference is based. Arranged into hour-long modules to enable delegates to plan their programme effectively to meet their information needs. New for 2017 NHS employees can book individual modules to attend the conference in a Pic ‘n’ Mix style of up to two modules per person over the two days for £70+VAT per module. NHS employees can book these in advance or onsite, subject to availability.

Day one opens with Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession, NHS Estates, and Facilities at NHS Improvement. He will discuss the need for clearer corporate governance and assurance, as well as reflecting on his first six months in office.

A panel discussion will follow, picking up the governance and assurance theme raised by Corben, and will represent the professional perspective of a hospital trust, and the parallel experience of an institution in higher education. Moderated by IHEEM President, Pete Sellars, panellists joining Simon Corben include: Kevin Oxley, Head of Estates and Facilities, County Durham and Darlington Acute NHS Trust and Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Day two will open with Lord O’Shaughnessy, David Cameron’s former Downing Street policy chief.

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 which includes NHS procurement, NHS security management and estates and facilities.

Architects for Health will present several case studies in the planning design and construction stream, demonstrating the case for appropriate, thoughtful design for health care buildings with different uses; a multi-purpose healthcare facility used as a community space as well as a place of treatment; a combined research establishment and hospital facility, bringing medical research closer to patient treatment for the benefit of future generations; the best in design for mental health treatment, and a modern hospital development – a stark contrast to the 1960s building that it replaces, with the emphasis on patient environment, privacy, and natural light for the benefit of patients and staff.

The importance of apprentices in the longevity of healthcare engineering is a theme of Healthcare Estates this year, following the focus shone on this important legacy subject by the IHEEM President Pete Sellars. The apprentice’s theatre within the exhibition, (details below), and a workshop for apprentices in the conference will give them information and encouragement by professionals who were themselves apprentices, and a new perspective on a career in healthcare engineering and facilities management.

Strategy and leadership looks at the bigger picture: Modern day management of the NHS Estate and the most appropriate metrics 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.

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.

In addition to the expert contribution of Architects for Health, the role of buildings in dementia care and looking after an elderly population by adapting environments for “ageing in place” will be considered, together with optimising the efficiency and experience of accident and emergency departments, particularly for children. Healthcare institutions and the community are increasingly blurring boundaries – with new housing developments considering the provision of healthcare within their planning, and community care hubs being the first port of call for primary care, relieving the strain on hospitals, and fitting the geographical demand for care in a more logical way.

Delegate bookings are being taken for the conference, with early booking advised to guarantee your place. There are special rates for IHEEM members, NHS employees and VIP’s who qualify for one and two day concessions with savings up to £170 for a two day place booked online*. Apprentices, trainees, students, and retired employees also qualify for one and two-day discounts.

Delegates booking one and two day passes will receive a full pack including: delegate bag, conference programme with delegate details, speaker profiles and details of the sessions, full catering including tea/coffee on arrival, mid-morning break, VIP lunch, afternoon break and at the end of the first day complimentary drinks. Delegates also get access to the VIP area giving them complimentary catering all day and meetings space. Delegates also qualify for discounted dinner tickets at the annual Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards Dinner – this year featuring former snooker player Steve Davis as the after -dinner speaker.

The exhibition will provide delegates with a focal point for discussions during breaks in the conference – this year sees over 220 companies demonstrating the latest technologies, products, and services. The exhibition also features product demonstrations and discussions on the six theatres, these include two new theatres devoted to ‘apprentices’ and ‘Facilities Management’. This year’s Healthcare Estates event has two new main event sponsors; Armitage Shanks and Ascom. Armitage Shanks is the most widely recognised sanitary-ware brand in the UK. 2017 sees the company celebrate the 200th year anniversary as a bathroom solutions provider. Ascom provides award-winning communications systems for today’s mobile healthcare workforce.

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.

Our second 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.

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

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.

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.

100s of companies offering solutions… Supporting the conference is the Healthcare Estates exhibition, featuring more than 220 exhibiting companies displaying the latest products and services and nearly 40 ‘free’ presentations in the exhibition theatres on the exhibition floor.

Manchester on the 10 & 11 October will once again host the UK’s largest exhibition, conference and dinner focussed on energy & efficiency, hospital engineering, infection prevention, building and maintenance, mental health, and design.

A great mix of real examples

Victoria Emerton, Conference Director comments; “We have a great mix of case studies at this year’s conference with some fantastic speakers working directly within the NHS innovating and improving the NHS. In the Strategy and Leadership stream, delegates will get to hear a reflection on the 2014 acquisition and merger of Mid-Staffordshire NHS FT and University Hospital North Staffordshire from Ex-Estates and Facilities Director at Royal Stoke University Hospital, John Simpson

While in Planning Design & Construction, delegates can hear about Hope wood Park – an 11 Year Collaboration. Hopewood Park is Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s exemplary new 122-bed inpatient facility for adults and older people. The redevelopment forms part of a wider scheme known as PrIDE (Providing Improved Mental Health and Learning Disability Environments) in Sunderland and South Tyneside.

In June 2016 The Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care published its findings on inpatient care. It credited the achievements of this trust’s successful 11-year partnership with Medical Architecture, as part of the NHS Procure 21 framework. Recognising that Hopewood Park was the culmination of collaborative design development, including learning lessons from previous major capital schemes and numerous smaller projects and also applying international best practice and research findings to each design. The session is followed by a look at ‘living with dementia.’ Barry Newton is living with dementia and is an active partner with a vested interest in developing Lifetime Homes. Simon Bone is Project Manager of Whyndyke Garden Village – Healthy New Town and Richard Mazuch is an architect specialising in designing dementia friendly and inclusive environments translating holistic ideas into radical but pragmatic solutions.

Together, within this backdrop, this experience and expertise the team will offer macro to micro ideas, concepts and solutions. Insights from defining a dementia friendly public realm and communities to individual outdoor spaces linked by informed and supportive journeys. Dementia friendly home design will be investigated, as will numerous light touch and innovative design solutions and interventions. This feedback will ultimately help inform and establish clear blueprint guidelines for the design of future healthy communities.

Emerton commented, with so much content and two days of invaluable networking the conference offers real value for money for those working hard to improve their trusts performance. With the added benefit of six theatres on the exhibition floor offering free content the event is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with the latest developments and speak to colleagues in the industry about the solutions available.

Full details of the programme can be found on the event web site at www.healthcare-estates.com

The exhibition provides visitors with an opportunity to find out about the latest changes and implications for you and your teams. For estates and facilities departments, architects, consulting engineers, construction companies, suppliers and others directly involved in managing estates and facilities the exhibition, features and conference is critical to helping you run your organisation.

Face-to-face, visitors and suppliers have the opportunity to make practical decisions while considering the feel of the product together with the knowledge of the supplier. With most of the key suppliers and organisations servicing the healthcare sector in the same place, you can compare every aspect of products and service available.

The challenges will be for organisations to adapt to new ways of working, often in partnership with other organisations, and to respond quickly to the demand that will be created for high quality, low cost services.

Healthcare Professionals VIP Scheme – benefit from a range of offers – sponsored by Wandsworth Group

Time away from running any business is critical and the benefits of attending an exhibition must be obvious from the outset. The organisers working closely with IHEEM will ensure healthcare visitors get maximum value from the show.

Qualifying visitors from the NHS, Department of Health, private health, hospice, care home, mental health trust, primary care or strategic health authority will be offered a VIP package that will cover the costs of parking and refreshments on site, a dedicated area to network with colleagues and meet with key suppliers exhibiting at the show. If requested we will help plan your day, set up meetings with suppliers and can even help find accommodation and places to eat.

If you think you qualify and would like more information call our registration team on 01892 518877 alternatively go to www.healthcare-estates.co.uk and ‘register now’ to be upgraded.

Look out for the ticket, if you haven’t received yours, contact the organisers on 01892 518877 or email: healthcare@stepex.com

More products, more choice

By experiencing the range of products on offer, 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.

With the whole industry together, Healthcare Estates is also the perfect place to network. The exhibition, conference, dinner, and awards where customers and suppliers rub shoulders with their peers, competitors and future suppliers and employers is invaluable.

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 health trusts, care trusts, foundation hospitals, architects, consultants, main contractors, developers and government bodies and agencies.

Healthcare Estates features over 200 leading companies, showcasing the latest technologies, equipment and services specifically designed to improve healthcare environments and the patient experience. So make Healthcare Estates a date in your diary, we look forward to seeing you there.

Dinner & awards presented by after dinner speaker Steve Davis

Former Snooker player Steve Davis is this year’s 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, Negi and Rockfon.

Steve Davis

Steve Webb, Director for organisers Step Exhibitions, says “Healthcare Estates is ideally placed to provide the latest information following on from the general election and as we prepare for Brexit. As a direct response to this need to know, registrations are at an all-time high, table bookings are going fast for those attending the dinner while record numbers have reserved their delegate places at the annual IHEEM conference.”

Healthcare Estates event – providing answers

For all those involved in building innovative and productive partnerships while running and maintaining the healthcare estate, this event is important to you. You will also be able to plan appointments, and plan training for everyone attending in one of the six theatres or fringe events, all free to pre-registered visitors. Make sure you book today to get the most from your presence at the show at www.healthcare-estates.com

For more information contact: Sarah Worwood on 01892 518877 or email: healthcare@stepex.com