The industry platform for NHS estate management

The theme for the annual IHEEM conference which takes place on the 4-5 October at Healthcare Estates in Manchester is ‘transforming the estate through collaboration’. Health Business previews the show

The NHS estate in England has a floor area that would cover the City of London ten times over. The land owned totals 6.9 million hectares, while total floor space of trusts and primary care buildings is around 28.4 million square metres (excluding primary care premises).

The NHS operates over 1,200 hospitals plus nearly 3,000 other treatment facilities, many of which operate 24/7 every day of the year. There has been little real attention given to how this huge resource could help to improve efficiency, move more care out of hospitals and exploit new technologies. Models of care are still designed around buildings, but could re-thinking the way that the NHS uses its estate catalyse change?

This year’s Healthcare Estates takes place a year after the Carter review, published in June. Following the review a ‘model hospital’ has been developed which advises NHS trusts on the most efficient allocation of resources and allows hospitals to measure performance against other trusts.

As well as reviewing hospitals across England, Lord Carter’s review looked at healthcare systems abroad, including in the US, Germany, Australia, Italy and France where hospitals have a greater focus on efficiency because they have established the clear link it has with patient care.

Lord Carter says: “My experience of the NHS and hospitals internationally is that high quality patient care and sound financial management go hand in hand. To improve the quality of care hospitals must grasp resources more effectively, especially staff, which account for more than 60 pence of every pound hospitals spend.

“Giving hospitals the tools and support to better manage resources will make it easier for boards to follow the example of the best trusts and mean every patient can receive the same world class care and taxpayers will also receive a fairer return on their significant investment in the NHS.”

He added: “We should celebrate that in England we have some of the best hospitals in the world both in terms of quality, innovation and operational efficiency. The great challenge we face is to lift hospital efficiency to a consistently high standard in every area of every NHS hospital and, where we already perform well, innovate to improve further.”

The IHEEM conference which takes place alongside Healthcare Estates exhibition in Manchester will include case studies from the ‘cohort of 22’ NHS hospitals that worked with the review to develop an ATI (Adjusted Treatment Index). This gives the NHS a consistent approach to measuring efficiency so NHS hospitals can compare themselves with their peers and help identify opportunities for productivity improvement.

Estates Management
The big picture is that the cohort of 22 spends £1 billion annually on estates and facilities. With such a diverse estate spread across cities and rural locations, the cost drivers vary widely and include size, age, condition, space utilisation, energy efficiencies, availability of and cost of labour.

Early indications from the 22 hospitals show potential savings of £150 million annually in areas such as cleaning, energy, building and engineering, laundry, waste, water and sewage.

The IHEEM Conference – three streams
With three streams devoted to ‘Strategy, Engineering & Facilities Management, Design and Construction’ allowing delegates to make the most of their attendance with the ability to attend different streams and take part in all the main presentations.

Speakers on day one in the Strategy Stream include: Conor Ellis, head of health sector at Citrica, presenting on Optimising Clinical Service and Estates Plans to Meet Future Demands - this presentation provides an overview of the NHS estate and some of the challenges it faces. Showing the current state of the NHS estate in entirety, the funding aspects and comparisons to European countries in terms of usage, facilities management, land usage, IT and sustainability. The presentation includes a case study from work being done as part of STRIDE with Burton Hospitals Trust.

The Strategy stream also sees a presentation on ‘Transforming the Way Integrated Technologies Are Delivered’ by Chris Needham, healthcare solutions lead at Schneider Electric. The marketplace is a buzz with the latest and greatest gadgets and applications each promising to solve a specific niche problem. In the complex healthcare environment niche solutions are great but the wider challenge is how to integrate these technologies to provide a safe, efficient, and sustainable patient experience across the continuum of care. The presentation looks at the latest technologies available in healthcare estates and facilities and how they can help trusts do more with less through integration and transforming the way they are delivered.

In the Estates & Facilities stream one of the sessions is focussed on Medical Device Management by Caroline Finlay, joint managing director of MTS Health Ltd. Equipment finance, procurement, and management requirements are often driven by competent but disconnected processes. Medical Device Management extends way beyond the technical aspect of equipment. As equipment becomes more reliable and software-driven, the issue of who actually maintains and repairs equipment is becoming far less important than the equipment management function and achieving best value and assurance. Demands of regulatory requirements, CQC, requirements for better technology, integrated training needs, and the Lord Carter focus on reducing budgets/costs result in the necessity to think more strategically.

Taking a strategic quality-driven approach to managing medical devices should be high on the executive agenda. NHS trusts are only just beginning to focus on a more commercial view of managing assets including medical equipment realising there are savings to be made in managing their assets more efficiently. It goes without saying that the equipment management structure must have the right set of tools to manage the performance of equipment assets, be patient-focused, and operate in an efficient manner, to drive out service and cost improvements at the same time as meeting all governance and patient safety standards. MTS will also profile a trust to demonstrate where achievements have been made.

Dinner & Awards
The organisers and IHEEM have announced this year’s after dinner speaker and presenter of the 2016 awards is NHS doctor, campaigner, health writer, investigative journalist, broadcaster, speaker and comedian Phil Hammond. Phil will be helping present our esteemed awards and presenting a short after dinner speech. This year the dinner is expected to once again be a sell-out with over 500 expected to attend, the awards are sponsored by Wandsworth Group and Sika.

Steve Webb, director for organisers Step Exhibitions, said: “Healthcare Estates is ideally placed to provide the latest information four months on from the European referendum. As a response, registrations are at record levels, already table bookings are going fast for those looking to attend the dinner while record numbers have reserved their delegate places at the annual IHEEM conference.”

Biggest exhibition to date
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.

The exhibition brings together suppliers and customers in the largest gathering of the UK healthcare sector. With over 200 exhibitors and key organisations, just one day at the event could help you and your work colleagues in many ways.

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.

We will once again be running the VIP scheme which following the success of the last few years is sponsored by Wandsworth Group and gives our VIP visitors a place to relax, enjoy complimentary refreshments and conduct meetings with suppliers and colleagues.

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.

Catch up with colleagues
With the whole industry together, Healthcare Estates is also the perfect place to network, where customers and suppliers rub shoulders with their peers, competitors, future suppliers and employers which proves invaluable. Visitors to Healthcare Estates will also benefit from discussions around the hottest topics of the moment and you can learn the latest methods to deal with specific issues you encounter in your job. Lots of companies invest in training on a regular basis, but there is nothing better than learning from experts and highly experience speakers.

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.

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.

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.

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