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Ensuring effective fire safety strategies for healthcare

Fire safety has long been a high priority for healthcare estates teams, but has assumed ever greater prominence following 2017’s Grenfell Tower fire. Andrew Foolkes, Principal Fire engineer at Tenos, presented on ‘Fire Safety Management Competency’

AGM: President and CEO look back at eventful year

IHEEM’s 2021 AGM saw President, Paul Fenton, report on a difficult year, while CEO, Pete Sellars, looked to plans for 2022. The winner of the 2021 IHEEM Lifetime Achievement Award was announced.

Hospital engineers’ key role in disaster mitigation

Hiroshi Yasuhara and Hidenao Atarashi, discuss their experience following 2011’s Great East Japan Earthquake, the key learnings, and how these have informed actions to further improve their hospitals’ preparedness for future natural disasters

2021: IFHE-EU’s busy year and Presidential handover

Considering the challenges presented by COVID-19 worldwide, the IFHE’s European Group had another successful, and certainly eventful, year in 2021, reports its Treasurer, and IHEEM’s IFHE representative, David Whiteley

Water purification efficiency can aid Net Zero drive

Paul Haycock, a Business Development manager with SUEZ Water Purification Technologies, discusses the latest water purification technologies for healthcare facilities.

Is a review of MGPS guidance now overdue?

Dr Scott Brown CEng, CSci, MD, considers whether the existing HTM guidance on medical gas pipeline systems is due for review given advances in technology, changes in clinical practice, and ‘learnings from the Pandemic'

The power of data in your digital estate

With the Government committing to over £159 billion in core funding, and a further £22.4 bn in COVID-19 investment, in healthcare in 2022, there is a need for NHS Trusts to understand the condition of their estates, argues a Partner at RLB UK.

Need for a professional and discreet approach stressed

Julian McCamphill, Operations director at multidisciplinary building and engineering services provider, Dowds Group, gives his standpoint on the challenges facing M&E companies working on healthcare construction projects, both now and in the future.

Complete decontamination strategy for Midlands Trust

iM Med, discusses the importance of a strategic approach to continuous best practice – demonstrated by recent work for University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust which implemented a complete decontamination strategy.

The multi-faceted role of the electrical AE

Bill Reeves BEng, MSc, CEng, MIET, MIHEEM, Electrical Infrastructure and AE at Eta Projects, explains the value of the electrical AE, and outlines the extensive duties that the role demands in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

APPG meeting focused on challenges post-pandemic

Meeting ‘virtually’ on 23 November, members of the recently re-formed All-Party Parliamentary Group for Healthcare Infrastructure discussed how to ensure the UK’s healthcare infrastructure is fit for purpose for the future.

Guidance on ventilation revised and updated

At the Healthcare Estates conference, consulting engineer, Malcolm Thomas, the main author of the 2021 version of HTM 03-01, Specialist Ventilation for Healthcare Premises, explained the background to, and aims behind, the HTM’s revision.

Are we building the best hospitals for the future?

‘Do we know which hospital to build and why we’re doing it’ was a presentation by Stephen Wright, an independent consultant and Honorary Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture, at October’s Healthcare Estates conference.

Digital systems for accurate temperature monitoring

Craig Holmes at Dart Valley Systems, outlines a practical approach to the safe management of healthcare water systems to minimise the risk of Legionella colonisation, and in turn prevent patients from contracting Legionnaire’s disease.

How RO feedwater can boost boiler performance

Paul Godfrey, managing director at Puretech Water Systems (UK) considers the key benefits of reverse osmosis (RO) water as feedwater for boilers, and how its use in this context facilitates reducing boiler blowdown periods.

Overcoming key barriers to EFM knowledge-sharing

A team from the University of Cambridge Engineering Design Centre (EDC) & Institute for Manufacturing is investigating how best to overcome barriers to sharing of best practice and know-how among NHS EFM professionals to the benefit of entire sector

Digitally enabled hospitals ‘are the future'

Managing director at Bender UK, Gareth Brunton, examines the advances in integrated theatre technology that are ‘led by the need for seamless communication and sharing of data and images’.

Designing for the health of coastal communities

Lianne Knotts, director of Medical Architecture, looks at the ways in which an integrated model of care can, and indeed has been, used to address the complex health needs of coastal towns.

Innovation, dedication, and expertise recognised

The presentation of the 2021 Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards in nine categories took place in a special ceremony at end of the second day of this year’s event, with the proceedings streamed ‘live’ to a much wider audience.

Effective ICSs will require ‘inter-professional’ working

The opening day’s second keynote session at Healthcare Estates 2021 conference saw David Flory, take part in a ‘question and answer’ session with IHEEM CEO, Pete Sellars

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