The theme of the conference is ‘Our Heritage, Your Future’. The future is looking exciting with new technology, innovation and streamlining of processes and working methodology in the NHS, to save money, increase efficiency and enhance and improve the patient experience and patient care.
Outgoing IHEEM President, Pete Sellars, will open the conference, followed by a special performance to mark IHEEM’s anniversary and the NHS’ landmark birthday. Plenary sessions will begin with a keynote presentation from Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession NHS Estates and Facilities at NHS Improvement (NHSI). A second keynote presentation from Nick Hulme, Chief Executive for East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, STP Lead for Suffolk and North East Essex STP, will be followed by a panel discussion with key representatives from the healthcare sector, including Rose Gallagher, Professional Lead Infection Prevention and Control at the Royal College of Nursing.
The conference is divided into three parallel streams that run across both days of the event; strategy and leadership, engineering and facilities management and planning, design and construction. Day one of the conference will cover the following themes: strategy; sustainability; procurement, risk and funding, energy; WELL buildings; light in healthcare environments; design for efficient operation and a module each from architects for health and Procure 22.
Day two’s keynote presentation from Dr Hyaatun Sillem, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Engineering, will be aligned to one of IHEEM’s initiatives, in discussing women in engineering, and a new initiative to enhance diversity and equality in healthcare engineering, and the role of the apprentice.
NHS Improvement will also be delivering a ‘surgery’ on the morning of 10th October at Healthcare Estates, covering best practice and the NHSI’s action themes now, and for the future.
The conference on 10th October will cover technology, both for operational efficiency and patient treatment; compliance, regeneration and planning; design for clinical service and safety and the built environment.
There are more NHS Trusts represented on the speaker panel than ever before, discussing projects, initiatives and case studies in their working environment. These are as diverse as linking public transport for easier hospital access, sustainable behaviour change, managing the estates property and landholdings, reducing energy consumption, introducing new technology to improve workflow, building refurbishment and state-of-the-art treatment technology and the building, planning and management required to deliver that new treatment. All the estates professionals delivering these presentations have invaluable first-hand experience of the projects that they have been involved in at their trust. Healthcare Estates is a pre-eminent opportunity for estates professionals to learn from their peers, share ideas and solutions and network across the profession. Registration is open and hour-long modules of conferences available to book as separate unit conference units.
“The exhibition is gearing up for a record-breaking event in October with a host of new supporting organisations planning a raft of events over the two days to inform, delight and excite our visitors,” said Event Manager, Michelle Michelucci.