Aug 21, 2019 Last Updated 10:52 AM, Aug 14, 2019

This year’s Healthcare Estates returns with three thought-provoking streams

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Healthcare remains very much at the forefront of the Government’s cost-saving ambitions, with Lord Carter’s five-year plan continuing to be a key focus for healthcare estates professionals, and the ‘productivity and efficiency’ programme continuing to drive the agenda as the 2020/21 target for £5bn in savings comes ever-closer.

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With this in mind, the conference at Healthcare Estates 2017 in Manchester this October will focus on three conference streams, all intended to inform, inspire and challenge delegates to take answers and ideas back to their workplace to move the plan forward – 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, NHS Estates and Facilities at NHS Improvement, who will reflect on his first six months in office, and discuss the need for stronger and more robust corporate governance assurance, a subject that will be picked up in the panel discussion session that follows.

Show Director, Steve Webb, commented: “Following recent events in the UK – a terrorist attack, 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, IHEEM Past-President, 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, to discuss and consider the highly topical subject of corporate governance assurance and give their individual standpoints.”

Strategy and Leadership in focus

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, such as efficiency in workforce development, as demonstrated by a new staffing model under development at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which will address the need for sustainable staffing costs, as well as having a focus on the quality of patient care, improved clinical outcomes, addressing increased clinical demand and the changes in the physical environment in which staff operate. The model has been developed as extensive new facilities take shape at the hospital as part of a £485m redevelopment scheme.

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 standpoints including safety, compliance and value for money.

A Healthcare Estates first

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 installations, such as less disruption to clinical activity during construction, speedier completion, and (modular specialists say) greater controllability, and highlight such buildings’ potential to relieve pressure on existing estates.

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