Keynote speakers and theatre programmes announced at Healthcare Estates 2015

Healthcare Estates organisers, Step Exhibitions have announced the conference programme for this year’s event; over 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services and nearly forty ‘free’ presentations in five theatres on the exhibition floor from 20 – 21 October at Manchester Central.

In the next few weeks they will be mailing out thousands of complimentary tickets to potential visitors to the exhibition. Last year saw 3,500 attendees enjoying networking with the 180+ exhibitors; organisers Step Exhibitions are predicting numbers to grow once again in 2015.

Manchester on the 20 & 21 October will see most NHS Trusts, the private sector, local authorities; consultants and suppliers meet to discuss the key issues impacting on the UK healthcare sector.

Lord Carter of Coles, who chairs the NHS Procurement and Efficiency Board, and was last year commissioned by the Department of Health to examine the ‘operational productivity’ of 22 Foundation and non-Foundation Trusts across England to see how this ‘productivity’ might be improved – driving cost savings and higher efficiency – will discuss his team’s work, and outline its findings, in the opening keynote on the second day of this year’s Healthcare Estates conference and exhibition in Manchester.

The findings of Lord Carter’s team’s examination of how ‘productively’ the 22 Trusts are currently operating are summarised in an Interim Report published in June 2015 titled Review of Operational Productivity in NHS providers. The Report also sets out a number of ‘early recommendations and next steps’ to help the participating NHS Trusts, and indeed others, identify opportunities for efficiency gains and productivity improvements.

Alongside the potential to save £3 billion from ‘hospital pharmacy and medicines optimisation’, Lord Carter says in the Report that he believes £1 billion could be cut from both NHS estates and procurement management costs annually ‘by adopting best practices and modern systems’.

Manchester ‘devolution deal’ in the spotlight

A keynote speaker on the morning of Day Two will be Ian Williamson, interim chief officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution – who was recently appointed to oversee the implementation of the first stages of Greater Manchester’s ‘health devolution deal’. Ian Williamson is also the senior officer responsible for the controversial reorganisa- tion of healthcare services across Greater Manchester known as ‘Healthier Together’, which seeks to concentrate emergency and high risk general surgery – currently delivered at 10 hospitals – onto 4-5 sites. In his new role he will be responsible to the recently established Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution Programme Board. Ian Williamson has worked in Manchester since 2010, previously holding a number of senior NHS roles, including a six-year spell as a primary care trust chief executive in Merseyside and Cheshire. On the morning of the conference’s first day, 20 October – in the Estates & Facilities ‘stream’ – Karen Baker, chief executive of the Isle of White NHS Trust, will address ‘Sustaining Modern NHS Estates through Partnership’. She will also participate in a panel debate chaired by Simon Corben, business development director at Capita Health, examining the state of public finances, with at least £20 billion in efficiency savings likely to be required from the healthcare sector, according to The Treasury. The keynote speaker on Day One recently confirmed, will be Mike Hobbs, MD, Health at Carillion.

Four dedicated streams

With four dedicated streams devoted to Estates & Facilities; Energy & Efficiency; Engineering and Planning Design & Construction the conference offers unparalleled oppor- tunities for those working in the NHS to improve and develop working practices.

In a dedicated BIM session on Day One Dr Sarah Davidson of Gleeds continues the theme of the conference by looking at ‘Government Soft Landings (GSL) – Driving Efficiency and Continuous Improvement; Aligning Design and Construction with Operational Asset Management and Purpose.’

Delivering an energy efficient estate

The Day One Energy & Efficiency streams presentations tackle the subjects of ‘How to Deliver and Energy-Efficient Estate….. With No Funding’ – a challenge many would believe impossi- ble but explained by Kathryn Dapré NHS National Services Scotland. Kathryn leads the Engineering and Energy team within the Strategic Facilities Directorate of NHS National Services Scotland.

Kathryn’s session is preceded by Mr Howard Jones director of Estates and Facilities – Royal United Hospital Bath, who will explain how ‘Using Smart Tools to Make Hospitals Work Better.’

International flavour added

With over 65 sessions and nearly 100 speakers the IHEEM Conference offers delegates a unique opportunity to learn, catch up with colleagues and understand some of the significant challenges the NHS and new government have set.

The organisers, Step Exhibitions have endeavoured to add an international flavour; Victoria Jones, director of creative arts, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne will present a session on Creative Healthcare in the Planning, Design & Construction stream.

A great mix of real examples

Victoria Emerton, conference director commented; “We have a great mix of ‘real’ examples at this year’s conference with some fantastic speakers working directly within the NHS innovating and improving the NHS. Delegates will get to hear about excit- ing projects at Alder Hey Hospital, Royal United Hospital Bath, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Barts Hospital London, Sussex Community Health Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Other speakers confirmed for the conference, which takes place in Manchester on 20 & 21 include Stephen Collinson, chief executive, Ryhurst, Ben Barker, Hore Lee, Guy Brookes, Gilling Dodd Architects, Eugene Conroy, ETA Projects Ltd., David Kershaw, P21+ & programme director, Balfour Beatty,
Dr Sarah Davidson, Gleeds, Professor Andrew Price and Efthimia Pantzartzis of Loughborough University and Elizabeth Whelan, Southbank University.

Day One will conclude with the ever popular ‘Worry Pit’, presented by EFM2, led by Darryn Kerr, director of estates and facilities at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and this year opened up to delegates, visitors, and exhibitors. Panellists will include Darryn Kerr himself; Howard Jones; Cliff Price, MD, CPA Solutions; John Simpson of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, and John Wilkes of The Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust.

More products, more choice

By experiencing the range of products on offer, you can be sure to make the right decision, Healthcare Estates exhibition pro- vides you with every opportunity to see products demonstrated, essential in an industry where actually touching or using the product is part of the buying process.

With the whole industry together, Healthcare Estates is also the perfect place to network. The exhibition, conference, dinner and awards where customers and suppliers rub shoulders with their peers, competitors and future suppliers and employ- ers is invaluable.

Visitors to Healthcare Estates will also benefit from discus- sions around the hottest topics of the moment and you can learn the latest methods to deal with specific issues you encounter in your job.

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.

Entrance to the exhibition is complimentary and registration couldn’t be simpler, online at or you can turn up onsite and register for free.

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.