Healthcare Estates returns to Manchester Central in October

Healthcare Estates returns to Manchester Central in October

Healthcare Estates 2019 offers more exhibitors, speakers and exhibition theatres, in addition to a new venue for the dinner and awards. There will also be a special plenary theatre on the exhibition floor this year where keynote presentations will take place.

The confierence and exhibition will take place on 8th and 9th October at Manchester Central. It will host the International Federation of Hospital Engineering, and delegates from around the world will be visiting Manchester to attend the event.

Healthcare Estates is the only national conference and exhibition to bring together those who design, build, manage and maintain healthcare facilities. The exhibition offers Estate Managers, Directors, and Facilities Managers the opportunity to come and browse new products, new ideas, innovative solutions and talk with experts from over 250 organisations working across the healthcare sector.

Visitors have access to the Healthcare Estates exhibition, plus all the additional supporting content in the hall, seven theatres of high quality free content. To attend the conference sessions, you need to register as a Delegate.

Conference streams and keynote sessions
The conference has four streams — Strategy and Leadership, Engineering and Facilities Management, Planning Design and Construction, and Innovation.

Keynote sessions in the Plenary Theatre are followed by content that anybody attending the event can go to — a session from the IHEEM Diversity and Inclusion Group on 8th October, and on 9th October, a workshop from NHSI, and an international case study session. In addition, there are seven exhibition theatres to choose from.

The presentations in the Plenary Theatre on the first day focus on diversity and inclusion, with speakers from the IHEEM Diversity and Inclusion Working Group; including Chairman of the group Dr Manju Patel, Suzie Mertes from Police Scotland, Claire Hennessy from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Ashley Dunsmore from Kier Construction, and Trish Marchant from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Kim Shelley from ETA Projects and Elizabeth Donnelley from WES add to the power of this session, with Simon Adamson from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and James Chadwick from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust discussing Engineers of the future.

The afternoon of 9th October will feature international case studies from the Falkland Islands, Germany, and Ireland, covering exemplars in hospital design, energy saving, and facilities management.

Conference programme
In the strategy and leadership conference stream, a range of management issues will be covered, including Locality Asset Review (LAR), in which public sector assets will be assessed against current and projected clinical need and future demographics of the area, to ensure efficiency and make savings. Other sessions include Offsite construction and the benefits of extending existing clinical space with minimal disruption to ongoing service.

There will also be a session on the creation of an index for healthcare planning, to ensure that cities are ready for future healthcare requirements and the rise in urban-based populations. Coupled with planning healthcare infrastructure for the climate of the future, the emphasis is on planning for healthcare provision beyond the decade that is about to begin.

The engineering and facilities management conference sessions on the Tuesday include ventilation and air quality, cleaning and decontamination, and water hygiene risk assessment. The second day of the event dives deep into the technology of energy saving and electrical safety, covering electrical infrastructure design, low energy buildings with renewable energy technology, and energy saving in compressed air systems.

Planning, design and construction will begin with a session by Procure 22, looking at achievements and initiatives within the framework for the past 12 months, an update on the P22 EPP programme, and the Framework in practice, looking at evidence-based frameworks. This will be followed by the importance of art in the healthcare environment to reduce stress and aggression, research into the influence of design on physical and psychological health, and the impact of outside spaces and gardens within hospital settings, on the wellbeing of patients, visitors and healthcare professionals.

Hospital accessibility for patients with specific mobility issues is also considered, with a new wayfinding scheme showcased. Mental health and the design that this specialist patient group need in a healthcare setting, including a case study of patient-centred hospital design in Finland, and biophilic design and its impact on the mental health and performance of building users will be discussed.

Acoustics and noise in the hospital environment is an important topic up for discussion, whether noise is in regular wards or the ICU environment, low noise levels and appropriate acoustics are important for patient recovery, relieving pressure on beds and speeding recovery time. The conference also features exemplars of hospital planning, design and construction, one covering a new hospital in Strasbourg, and the 10-year planning, design and build process involved, and another example of the integration of new and old healthcare buildings at a maternity and paediatric care facility in Italy.

Exhibition theatres
The seven exhibition theatres give visitors plenty of opportunity to catch up on the latest products, regulations, and best practice with free content for all and relevant exhibitors providing solutions to the many topics discussed. The seven theatres are — HVAC & Engineering Theatre; Infection Control and Water Theatre; Design and Construction Theatre; Training, Staffing and Apprentice Zone; Energy and Sustainability Theatre; Facilities Management Theatre; and Fire and Security Theatre.

Awards dinner
The Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards Dinner takes place on Tuesday 8th October at the iconic building, The Principal Manchester. A magnificent terracotta Grade II listed building, the hotel has a history dating back to 1890, when it first opened as The Refuge Assurance Company headquarters. The awards ceremony and dinner will take place in the Grand Ballroom, with the pre-dinner drinks reception in the Whitworth Rooms.

With an expected 600 guests attending, the awards dinner celebrates excellence and achievement in the industry. The After-Dinner speaker this year is Peter McDonald, who has been a Consultant General Surgeon at Northwick Park and St. Mark’s (NPM) since 1991.

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