Conference programme

This one-day event is open to delegates from both the public and private sector and will challenge attendees to consider ‘Who is Responsible?’

A panel of expert speakers from across the healthcare estates sector will be leading discussions on key themes including: water safety, hospital design, ventilation, medical gases, efficiency savings amongst other topics.


Conference chairs

  • Morning: Dr Nick Hill BSc MSc MBA(Oxon) PhD DIC CBiol MRSB FIHEEM, Authorising Engineer (Water), Water Quality London Ltd and Chair of the IHEEM Water Technical Platform
  • Afternoon: Eric Thomas MSc CEng MIET MIES, Retired Former Head of Environmental Management and Engineering at NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership



08.30 - 09.30: Registration, refreshments and opportunity to visit exhibition stands

08.45 - 09.15: IHEEM Membership and Professional Registration Workshop

SPEAKER: Chris Parker, Membership Development Manager, IHEEM

Session for those interested in IHEEM membership, CPD advancement and professional registration with the Engineering Council

09.30 - 09.40: Welcome and Introduction 

SPEAKER: Tracey Gauci, Infection Prevention Society (IPS) Wales

09.40 - 10.00: Conference Opening Address 

SPEAKER: Pete Sellars CEng FIHEEM - President, IHEEM

10.00 - 10.30: Session 1:

Engineering waterborne Pseudomonas aeruginosa out of a critical care unit

SPEAKER: Dr Mark Garvey, Principal Clinical Scientist in Microbiology, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control - University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust  

The session will seek to describe engineering and holistic interventions on water outlets contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the observed impact on clinical P. aeruginosa isolates in a large Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Breakpoint models were used to detect any significant changes in the cumulative yearly rates of clinical P. aeruginosa isolates from August 2013 – December 2016 across QEHB. Water sampling undertaken on the ICU indicated 30% of the outlets were positive for P. aeruginosa at any one time. Molecular typing of patient and water isolates via Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis suggested there was a 30% transmission rate of P. aeruginosa from the water to patients on the ICU. From, February 2014, QEHB implemented engineering interventions, consisting of new tap outlets and PALL point-of-use filters; as well as holistic measures, from February 2016 including a revised tap cleaning method and appropriate disposal of patient waste water. Breakpoint models indicated the engineering and holistic interventions resulted in a significant (p <0.001) 50% reduction in the number of P. aeruginosa clinical isolates over a year. Here we demonstrate that the role of waterborne transmission of P. aeruginosa in an ICU cannot be overlooked. We suggest both holistic and environmental factors are important in reducing transmission.

10.30 - 11.00: Session 2:

Are we safe to rinse endoscopes in the water as supplied?

SPEAKER: Christina Bradley, Biomedical Scientist and Laboratory Manager of the Hospital Infection Research Laboratory - Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (University Hospital Birmingham NHS FT)

The session will outline the issues associated with contaminated final rinse water in an endoscope washer disinfector

11.00 - 11.30: Morning refreshments - networking and opportunity to visit the exhibition stands 

11.30 - 12.00: Session 3:

Estates management of water services

SPEAKER: George McCracken, Director of Estates Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

12.00 - 12.30: Session 4:

An Oveview of WHTM 04-01 (Part A)

SPEAKER: Mark Gapper BEng (Hons) CEng MCIBSE, Principal Mechanical Engineer, NHS Shared Services Partnership

12.30 - 13.00: Session 5:

Presentation on patient safety and hospital design, how the design of a hospital can benefit the patient

SPEAKER: Dr Robert C Spencer MB BS MSc FRCPath FRCP[G] HonDipHic, Consultant in Clinical & Environmental Microbiology - Index Microbiology

The Infection Control Team must be fully involved in any new capital build or refurbishment. Their input is vital at every stage from planning, design and building stages of hospital projects. It must continue through the commissioning, decommissioning, evaluation stages and when the facility enters full clinical service. Failure to do so will result in putting patients at risk, delay and cost. This presentation will also critically examine the role of Laminar Airflow in preventing surgical site infections. Is it blowing in the wind?

13.00 - 13.30: Questions and Answers for morning speakers

13.30 - 14.30: Lunch - networking and opportunity to visit the exhibition stands 

14.30 - 15.00: Session 6:

‘Is Compliance with HTM 03 a Statutory Requirement?’

SPEAKER: Graham Powell BSc Hons CEng MCIBSE FIHEEM – Partner Graham Powell Consultants LLP and Chair of the IHEEM HVAC & Energy Technical Platform

The session look at key areas under the heading: 'Is Compliance with HTM 03 a Statutory Requirement?’

  • Provide an introduction HTM 03
  • Why is the answer to this question so important?
  • The Case for ‘Yes’
  • The Case For ‘No’
  • Analysis and Conclusion
  • Recommendations

15.00 - 15.30: Session 7:

‘Do you feel under pressure?’

SPEAKER: Mike Ralph BEng Hons CEng FIMechE FIHEEM - UK & I Head of Healthcare Engineering, Sodexo and Chair of the IHEEM Medical Gases Technical Platform

The session will discuss the need for and the ongoing process for the review of the HTM for Medical Gases, the relevance of current European and International legislation. The session will also look at the work that the Medical Gas Association (MCA) has been undertaking with BOC on their new hi-pressure cylinders which has resulted in discussions for setting out the requirements for a Standard for medical gas manifolds, and the relevance of a review for C11 and the SFG20 Medical Gas suite.

15.30 - 16.00: Afternoon refreshments - networking and opportunity to visit the exhibition stands 

16.00 - 16.30: Session 8:

HTM 06-01: 2017 Update

SPEAKER: Eur Ing Paul Harris BEng (Hons) CEng FIHEEM MIEE MCIBSE - Chartered Electrical Engineer and Director, Harris Associates Ltd

The presentation will provide an overview of the significant changes and the more subtle changes to the guidance. The presentation will demonstrate a more aligned view with British Standards such as BS 7671 and highlight the impact of the changes to different stakeholders including NHS organisations, contractors and designers.

16.30 - 17.00: Session 9:

Presentation from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


17.00 - 17.30: Questions and Answers for afternoon speakers

17.30 - 17.40: Conference Concluding Remarks 

SPEAKER: Julian Amey, Chief Executive, IHEEM   



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