Celebrating 70 years of the NHS at Healthcare Estates

Healthcare Estates is only a month away, and this year the event celebrates the 70th birthday of the NHS – and the 75th birthday of the service’s professional estates body

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 the NHS’ landmark birthday.

Plenary sessions will begin with a keynote from Simon Corben, director and head of profession, NHS Estates and Facilities, at NHS Improvement. 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 the 10th October at Healthcare Estates, covering best practice and the NHSI’s action themes now, and for the future. The conference’s second day 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 range from linking public transport for easier hospital access, sustainable behaviour change, managing the estates property and land holdings, to 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 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 conference are available to book as separate conference units.

Event manager Michelle Michelucci said, “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.”