A whole industry under the microscope – Healthcare Estates 2018

Three conference streams – and a fresh look at modular construction – will provide NHS estates and facilities professionals with vital insight into current topics at Healthcare Estates 2017 in October.

With healthcare at the forefront of the Government’s cost-saving ambitions, Lord Carter’s five- year plan and the targeted £5bn per year of efficiency savings by 2020/21 remain key topics for healthcare estates professionals.

Returning to Manchester on 10-11 October, Healthcare Estates 2017 will focus on three conference streams intended to inform, inspire, and challenge delegates – ‘Strategy and Leadership’, ‘Planning, Design and Construction’, and ‘Engineering and Estates Management’.

The conference opens with keynote speaker Simon Corben, director and head of profession for estates and facilitates at NHS Improvement, who will reflect on his first six months in office and discuss the need for stronger and more robust corpo- rate governance assurance. This will also be a subject in the panel discussion that will follow.

Show director Steve Webb commented:

“Following recent events in the UK – terrorist attacks, the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, and the NHS cyber attack – NHS estates and facilities directors are understandably concerned about their requirement to ensure corporate governance and assurance to their board.

“Healthcare Estates has gathered key figures from the NHS, including Simon Corben, past president of IHEEM; Paul Kingsmore, director of services at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Kevin Oxley, director of estates, facilities and capital planning at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. discuss and consider the highly topical subject of corporate governance assurance and give their individual standpoints.”

Strategy and Leadership

The ‘Strategy and Leadership’ conference stream will cover a diverse range of topics critical to achieving Lord Carter’s plans for greater productivity and efficiency.

These include efficiency in workforce development, as demonstrated by a new staffing model under development at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust that addresses the need for sustainable staffing costs, focuses on the quality of patient care and improved clini- cal outcomes, and examines the increased clinical demand and the changes in the physical environment for staff. The model has been developed as extensive new facilities take shape during the hospital’s £485m redevelopment.

Engineering and Facilities Management

The ‘Engineering and Facilities Management’ stream will look at some of the practical aspects of healthcare estate management – from energy procurement and the engineering aspects of ventilation control in operating theatres, to infection control measures. Among the presentations will be one by Mott MacDonald making the case for the use in healthcare of the WELL certification system for buildings – which looks at their quantifiable impact of buildings on occupants’ health. Maintenance and electrical infrastructure topics will also be addressed, from stand- points including safety, compliance, and value for money.

Modular construction

For the first time at a Healthcare Estates event, the ‘Planning, Design and Construction’ stream will specifically cover the use of modular buildings in healthcare, discussing the experience gained at sites including Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, where two laminar flow theatres, an endoscopy suite, and a 28-bed recovery facility were installed by the McAvoy Group “in minimum time, to maximum quality, and with minimum risk”. The practicalities, procurement and funding of this project will be discussed by Sean McKeever of Ecofund, who will explain the benefits of working with modular installa- tions in terms of minimising disruption to clinical activity, ensuring speedier comple- tion and greater control. He will also highlight modular buildings’ potential to relieve the pressures on existing estates.

Conference director Victoria Emerton said:

“To make this year’s conference sessions more accessible and affordable to NHS delegates, the sessions have been divided into 18 hour-long modules, which can be booked individually by NHS staff for £70 each, with a maximum of two modules bookable per person over the two days. The aim is to enable NHS professionals to dip into specific conference sessions most relevant to them, and to allow them to benefit from the free-to-attend content in the six theatres in the exhibition hall.

‘Something for everyone’

Emerton added:

“To give the next genera- tion of hospital engineers the opportunity to learn, discuss, and debate the key issues with their peers, there will be a new, free-to- attend ‘Apprentices Today, Leaders Tomorrow’ theatre in the exhibition hall, while apprentices can book to attend the conference for just £120. There really is something for everyone at Healthcare Estates this year.”

For more information on Healthcare Estates 2017, taking place from 10-11 October at Manchester Central. For info, telephone 01892 518877, or visit www.healthcare-estates.com.