Fire safety, cyber security, proton beam and more

03 August 2018

Last month we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the NHS which was founded by Welshman Aneurin Bevan in 1948 who grew up in south Wales. It is here, that this month the IHEEM 2018 Regional Conference and Exhibition will be held.

Now in its third year, the IHEEM 2018 Regional Conference and Exhibition, 'IHEEM 2018', has grown and this year will extend over two days on 30-31 August at the impressive City Hall in Cardiff. The events features a panel of over 20 experts speakers from across the healthcare estates sector who will challenge delegates to consider ‘How to keep the patient safe in your hospital?’

Fire Safety in healthcare estates

Last year’s Grenfell Tower tragedy has seen a renewed focus on fire safety and the potential implications for the healthcare sector. Key aspects will be discussed in four sessions:

  • The Dame Hackitt Review and Implications for Healthcare Fire Safety - Gareth Lloyd, Fire Advisor, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership - Specialist Estates Services
  • Risk assessed evidence-based maintenance regimes for compliance and cost control - Mazin Daoud, Fire Safety Engineer at Sodexo and Chair of the IHEEM Fire Technical Platform and Mike Ralph, UK Technical Services Director (Healthcare) at Sodexo
  • Grenfell, it couldn’t happen in the NHS, right? - Colin Newman, Director of Healthfire Limited
  • Evacuation strategies from Healthcare buildings - Dr Aoife Hunt, Associate Director at Movement Strategies

Cyber-attacks on the NHS

In 2017 the NHS suffered a cyber-attack by the WannaCry ransomware, which affected services across the UK. The future threat of cyber-attacks presents a tough challenge for the NHS and wider healthcare sector to address. Two sessions will look at cyber security and also the impact on business continuity:

  • The role of NWIS Cyber Security in protecting National services, supporting collaborative improvement across NHS Wales and embracing new technology & innovation - Martin Webley, Head of Cyber Security at NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS)
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery - Huw Shurmer, Programme Manager at FUJIFILM UK Ltd

Proton Beam therapy

Last month the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust reached a key milestone in the construction of its Proton Beam Therapy Centre, with the delivery of the cyclotron. In this session, Proton Beam technology, its clinical benefits, and the engineering, design, and construction challenges of building and equipping the new facility will be discussed by the team involved.

  • Proton Beam Therapy at UCLH - Nigel Church, Head of Radiotherapy Engineering and Stuart Keen, Head of Specialist Capital Projects and Information at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Theatre ventilation and cleanroom design and operation

Does controlled air reduce the post-operative infection? What are the requirements for cleanroom design? And should we be replacing or removing hand basins in clinical areas?

  • Operating Theatre Ventilation and reducing postoperative infection. Is it all Just Hot Air? - Hilary Humphreys, Professor of Clinical Microbiology and Consultant Microbiologist at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  • It’s all going down the drain - Tracey Gauci, Co-ordinator of the Welsh Branch of the Infection Prevention Society, Patron to the Association of Healthcare Cleaning professionals and Deputy Clinical Director at Gama Healthcare Ltd
  • Pharmaceutical Cleanroom – design and operation - Dominic Parry, Managing Director, Inspired Pharma Training Ltd

Infection control and compliance

Having appropriate infection control processes in place is key to maintain patient safety. This session will explore two processes to managing compliance and infection control risks.

  • Safe processes to manage compliance and infection control in the healthcare environment - Dr Geraldine O'Brien, Research Manager at Health Facilities Scotland

Hospital design for coastal areas

Hospitals located in coastal areas are subject to challenges presented by the marine environment such as corrosion. It is therefore key to consider the hospital design and materials used.

  • Hospital Design for the Marine Environment - James Tinsdeall, Head of Estates Operations and Trust Health and Safety at Royal Cornwall Hospitals

Using BIM on a live project in Wales

Building Information Modelling (BIM) can help drive the design, coordination, manufacturing and delivery of large construction projects. This session provides an update on the use of BIM for the largest capital project in Wales.

  • The Grange University Hospital – Changing the Game - David Leverton, Technical Leader and Katie Evans, Lead Digital Engineer at Laing O’Rourke

NHS Estates & Facilities Guidance

NHS Estates & Facilities Management Guidance is in its new home at NHS Improvement. This session will provide an overview of the current priorities and proposed processes for refreshing NHS guidance.

  • Estates and Facilities Management Guidance Update - Michael Rope, Estates and Facilities Management Guidance Lead at NHS Improvement

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IHEEM 2018 takes place the same week as IHEEM celebrates its 75th anniversary, having been founded on 28 August 1943. To mark this special occasion, there will be a black-tie and evening dress formal dinner held on the evening of 30 August at the five-star St David’s Hotel on the waterfront in Cardiff Bay. The evening will feature complimentary drinks on arrival followed by a three course dinner during which there will be a series of short speeches including ‘IHEEM’s Charity of the Year’ the Portsmouth Hospitals Charity. Professor David Perrett will lead discussions on ‘Who has done more for health – doctors, scientists or engineers?’. A former ‘rugby star turned sports commentator’ will be the special after dinner speaker which will announced shortly.


Book your place here

With just a month to go, now is the time to book your delegate place at IHEEM 2018.

  • 2 day delegate place from just £89 +VAT
  • IHEEM 75th Anniversary Dinner & Drinks Reception place for just £95 +VAT


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