A ‘fantastic return to Manchester’ in prospect

Returning for a full in-person event this year, Healthcare Estates has a full programme with speakers and workshops covering a wide variety of topics in healthcare estates

IHEEM is delighted to announce that Sir David Behan, Chair of Health Education England, has joined the list of keynote panel members taking part in this year’s Healthcare Estates Conference.
Sir David began his career as a qualified social worker and has previously held the role of Director of Social Services in three local authorities. He became the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection in 2003, and, following this, worked for the Department of Health as the Director-General for Social Care, Local Government, and Care Partnerships. He was also a member of the NHS Management Board. Between 2012 and 2018, he was Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission.
Sir David will join Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, on the first keynote panel, with both giving their thoughts and perspective on the importance and value of the workforce. The session will be chaired by current IHEEM President, Paul Fenton MBE.
IHEEM says its commitment to providing four keynote panel sessions supporting each of the four key conference themes has resulted in ‘an exceptionally impressive list of high-profile, leading speakers’, who have accepted the invitation to speak at this year’s conference.
They include: David Melbourne, Interim Designate, Chief Executive, Birmingham, and Solihull Integrated Care System, Professor Catherine Noakes, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, and Deputy Director, Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics, University of Leeds, Professor Peter Guthrie, Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dr Dame Sue Ion, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive, Nuffield Trust, Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment & Transport, Manchester City Council, Elaine Cloutman-Green, Consultant Clinical Scientist in Infection Prevention and Control, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Annie Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer, Salix Finance, and Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, Director, Centre for Climate Repair, University of Cambridge.

Variety of topics
The four keynote sessions will be on workforce, capital planning, engineering and net zero.
Throughout the conference, there will be several other talks on these topics. For workforce, this includes a presentation by Carl-Magnus Von Behr, Doctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge on ‘Knowledge Sharing Among NHS EFM Management Departments: a Case Study on Oxygen Information During COVID-19’. The presentation covers research on how to enable more effective and timely knowledge sharing among NHS Hospital Estates and Facilities Management departments.
In the Capital Planning category is ‘NHP – “The Biggest Hospital Building Programme in a Generation”’, chaired by Leigh Carter from Turner & Townsend, who will be joined by Paul Fitzpatrick, Director of Estates & Facilities at Liverpool Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. They will be examining the unique circumstances surrounding the completion of the new Royal Hospital, as when the project was close to completion, the initial PFI contractor Carillion went into administration, resulting in financial challenges and structural and other defect issues.
‘Developing Section 710 to Build a Resilient Infrastructure’ is included in the engineering programme, with speakers Phil Greenough, Head of Hard Facilities Management at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and Paul Harris, Chair of ETP at Harris Associates Ltd presenting on the ETP-led interpretation of the electrical standards and guidance using anonymised examples.
Under Net Zero is a talk titled ‘The Climate Emergency is a Health Emergency’. An Overview of the Central London Community Healthcare Green Plan by Tom Wright, Director at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Charles Everard, Architect and Client Delivery Director at Capita & Central London Community Healthcare Trust (CLCH). They will discuss the Green Plan of The Central London Community Healthcare Trust (CLCH), which includes engaging with staff, installing efficient lighting and controls, reducing fossil fuel consumption in buildings with heat decarbonisation plans, removing unnecessary journeys for patients and staff, introducing electric chargers, bike racks, encouraging the fleet away from fossil fuel and working with Integrated Care System partners to identify collaborative solutions across the sector.

Six exhibition theatres
In addition to the main conference programme, there are six exhibition theatres, which will provide visitors with plenty of opportunity to catch up on the latest products, regulations, and best practice: The HVAC & Engineering Theatre – with contributions from SoPHE, focusing on topics including HVAC, Engineering, and Net Zero; The Infection Control and Water Zone – sponsored by Delabie, and curated by The Water Management Society, will run a programme on water management and infection control, featuring products and services designed to increase water safety and reduce infection risk in hospital environments; The Design and Construction Zone – sponsored by Darwin Group, with contributions from Architects for Health. Focusing entirely on design and construction within healthcare, this ‘theatre’ will feature the latest project case studies, findings from postoccupancy evaluation, and sharing of best practice in exemplar design and construction; The Energy and Sustainability Zone – In-depth content will be delivered by The Carbon and Energy Fund. The zone will showcase the latest techniques and innovations to reduce the service’s carbon footprint to meet its carbon reduction targets; The Facilities Management Zone – sponsored by Yeoman Shield, and supported by FM North, will focus on issues that ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ FM teams face day to day; and The Fire and Medical Gas Theatre – supported by NAHFO, presenting and promoting the latest solutions to fire safety needs and gas safety. Speakers from a wide variety of fire and medical gas companies and associations with first-hand experience will tackle fire safety issues within healthcare estates.

A new format this year
Pete Sellars, CEO of IHEEM, said: “I am looking forward to presenting the new format for our keynote panel presentations to delegates, and I would like to thank everyone who has agreed to take part. I hope everyone will find them informative and thought-provoking and will take an active part in the Q&As across the four sessions. As well as the packed main conference programme and theatres outlined above, there will be a number of new ‘IHEEM Interactive Workshops’ that delegates can register to attend. There are currently four one-hour sessions planned in the programme across the two days, covering topics such as Diversity & Inclusion – hosted by IHEEM’s own D&I Working Group, and Environmental Sustainability – led by IHEEM’s Environmental Sustainability Technical Platform.
“An interactive workshop entitled ‘Apprenticeships – Meeting the Workforce Challenge’, will be held, as well as ‘Estates Strategy – The Forgotten Art?’, where members of the IHEEM Strategic Estates Management Technical Platform will lead a discussion to explore how estate management techniques can be restored and devised to prepare for the future. “We are providing delegates with a unique opportunity to get involved in open and frank discussions on the subjects that are relevant to our sector. Places are limited, so please register early if you would like to take part and share your knowledge and experience with other delegates.”

Largest exhibition to date
This year’s Exhibition is set to be the largest yet, with over 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services in Manchester. There were also a record number of entries to the Healthcare Estates IHEEM 2022 Awards, and all entries are currently being shortlisted.
The Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner will be held on 4 October at The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel Manchester, a magnificent terracotta Grade II-listed building. The after-dinner speaker this year is Captain of GB and England Women’s Hockey, and Olympic Gold Medallist, Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE. Kate is the most capped female hockey player in her country’s history and was captain of GB women’s hockey teams for 13 years. An inspirational and charismatic leader and speaker, she has been widely credited with helping build the incredible team ethos and commitment that drove the GB team to victory at the Rio Olympic Games.
Pete Sellars added: “I am delighted that we are able to hold a full in-person event this year, and I look forward to meeting delegates and exhibitors over the two days; it promises to be a fantastic return to Manchester for our delegates, exhibitors, and sponsors.”


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