Pandemic demands speed up planning decisions

During the COVID-19 pandemic there have been greater changes to the planning process for healthcare real estate than at any point in the NHS’s history, believes Huw Mellor, a Partner at the Oxford offices of Carter Jonas

Trust CEO describes ‘once in-a-lifetime opportunity’

Plans to deliver 48 new hospitals across England by the end of the decade were discussed by senior figures working on the programme and a Trust CEO at a webinar in July.

Managing indoor air quality ‘the most powerful medicine'

One positive outcome of the COVID-19 crisis has been the increased focus on improving the ventilation of indoor spaces, and the need to measure indoor air quality (IAQ).

A ‘platform approach’ to future operating theatres

Speaking as part of the European Healthcare Design Congress, three senior speakers fror, Brandon Medical, discussed how the use of ‘smart and flexible’ such equipment is key in supporting Modern Methods of Construction

Providing accessible and high quality training

IHEEM continues to deliver on its commitment to provide its members with access to a wide choice of professional and technical training opportunities through its Knowledge Partnerships.

The role of AE in both water and fire safety

Speaking following the day’s first presentation, by the IHEEM President , IHEEM AE (Water), and renowned water safety system expert, David Harper, discussed some of his experience ‘at the sharp end’.

Realities of an ‘all-electric’ hospital discussed

3 senior electrical engineering specialists from multinational professional services firm, Arup, discuss the findings of a study on the cost and environmental benefits of replacing gas-fired boilers in hospital buildings with electric-based systems

Modular provides solution for fully compliant wards

Key representatives from the modular building sector are developing fully HTM, HBN, and DDA-compliant standardised offsite solutions for hospital wards and theatres.

Toronto clinical tower’s timely completion

In an article first published in Canadian magazine, Canadian Healthcare Facilities explains how the completion of a new a 17-storey clinical tower building was accelerated in the face of increasing demand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Five key drivers for Terms of Reference review

In early 2019 a full governance review across all of IHEEM’s core business activities was undertaken by Head Office.

Review of IHEEM’s Terms of Reference explained

A one-day IHEEM online event on 9 June sought to underline the important role that Authorising Engineers (AEs) play in the safe, efficient, and compliant running of healthcare facilities.

Oxygen flow testing vital in ensuring system resilience

Concerns around oxygen supply have dogged the response to COVID-19 for hospital Trusts around the UK. Many systems have struggled to deliver the flow capacity required to meet demand from the high numbers of patients requiring ventilation.

Complexities of compliance in washroom design

Designing an accessible bathroom or washroom in a hospital or other healthcare setting requires strict legislative compliance and a collaborative approach to avoid errors.

Speed and efficiency are matched by quality of build

Alex Solk, a Partner at, Sheppard Robson, argues that that the best way of harnessing the benefits that Modern Methods of Construction offer is ‘to be dextrous enough to use multiple solutions’ ‘rather than being wedded to one approach’.

‘The voice of engineering’ to be heard in policy debates

Dr Nick Starkey, Director of Policy at the Royal Academy of Engineering, discussed some of the ways the engineering community is looking to play its part in the UK’s drive to meet demanding Net Zero Carbon targets.

Converging technologies signal an exciting future

Karen Davenport, Frameworks director for BAM Construct UK, looks at how healthcare estates are set to continue a trend of evolution in expectations and delivery of new facilities.

Oxygen concentrators sent to help hospitals in India

Three of eight oxygen concentrators specially assembled in Northern Ireland at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic’s first wave have recently been flown to India to help hospitals there struggling with oxygen supply

Flow monitoring proves key as oxygen demand peaks

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many NHS hospitals found themselves struggling for oxygen capacity.

Updated Roadmap to guide Trusts towards ‘Net Zero’

The updated version of the A Healthcare Engineering Roadmap For Delivering Net Zero Carbon document, seeks to help NHS Trusts meet the Net Zero carbon targets set out in the NHS strategy.

Meeting the challenge of ‘Net Zero’ carbon

On 14 April IHEEM, HEFMA, and the Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF), officially launched their jointly produced document, A Healthcare Engineering Roadmap For Delivering Net Zero Carbon.

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