Healthcare Estates offers a myriad of ideas, new innovations and cutting edge products, and brings together many of the leading personalities in the healthcare industry
Healthcare Estates features over 200 companies, showcasing the latest technologies, equipment and services specifically designed to improve healthcare environments and the patient experience.
The exhibition, conference, dinner and awards has developed into the foremost event of its kind and 2014 promises to give visitors and delegates a whole host of ideas to take home with them. The theme of this year’s programme is ‘quality in the patient environment’ and the conference has been framed around four key aspects: Energy, Estates & Facilities, Planning Design & Construction and Engineering, with a range of subjects being delivered by respected and knowledgeable experts. It promises to be a fascinating two days for visitors with so many changes impacting on all areas of healthcare.
Energy features heavily at Healthcare Estates with a dedicated stream on both days in the main conference and a theatre providing complementary content on the exhibition floor. Against a world backdrop of increased concerns about energy security, price fluctuations and, of course, the need to address climate change; the organisers are working closely with the Carbon Energy Fund (CEF), BRE and key speakers to address the issue. Peter Sellars will be delivering an opening address on ‘How can Estates and Facilities Contribute towards a sustainable NHS – assuring compliance whilst managing emerging priorities and improving efficiency’.
Planning, Design & Construction is proving to be one of the most popular streams in the conference and this year sees a host of areas covered including an update on the ‘New procurement regulations, new collaborative opportunities and how design teams and NHS clients can work together’ which includes real examples of smarter ways to procure services.
The organisers have also announced that David Whiteley, chief engineer and programme lead for the Department of Health will present the new version of the NHS Premises Assurance Model (PAM). David hopes to bring along some NHS users to present their experience of using PAM, a management tool that provides NHS organisations with a way of assessing how safely and efficiently they run their estate and facilities services.
There is also a new area, the Construction Industry Council & BIM Area, featuring workshops, software demonstrations, networking events, case studies, and BIM specific sessions. Companies involved include ADP Architects and Architects for Health.
The three dedicated theatres on the exhibition floor at Healthcare Estates provide complementary presentations to visitors, which were described last year by an NHS estates manager as “compelling stuff ”.
The exhibition provides visitors with an opportunity to find out about the latest changes and implications for you and your teams. For estates and facilities departments, architects, consulting engineers, construction companies, suppliers and others directly involved in managing estates and facilities, the exhibition features and conference are critical to helping you run your organisation.
Tickets for the exhibition are widely available and are free to visitors, with the organisers working closely with Virgin Trains to offer a discount on travel to visitors and delegates, keeping the cost of attending to an absolute minimum.