RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

Designing for more extreme climate events in the future

In an article that first appeared in Canadian Healthcare Facilities magazine, Mike Cavanaugh and Brett Farbstein of architectural, engineering, design, and construction firm, CannonDesign, consider some of the fundamentals in ensuring that hospitals and other healthcare facilities are designed to be as resilient as possible in the face of extreme climate events.

Creating an ‘in-house’ drug preparation facility

Gavin Statham, Southern Regional director at BES, a specialist in the design and construction of cleanrooms, aseptic facilities, and other sophisticated environments, discusses the demanding requirements for hospital aseptic facilities, and how the healthcare sector can benefit from the experience of the pharmaceutical industry.

Designing interiors with dementia in mind

While certain elements, such as safety flooring, are a ‘must’ for healthcare facilities, in most cases a more tailored interior design is required – especially when it comes to care units for those living with dementia.

Ensuring a competent and capable future workforce

The key role that the organisation plays as the regulatory body for the UK engineering sector, and some of the existing formal requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician, Incorporated, or Chartered Engineer, or Information and Communications Technology Technician, as well as the future of engineering education, and the need for the sector to ‘innovate to develop future engineers’, were the subject of a Healthcare Estates 2019 conference presentation by the Engineering Council’s CEO, Alasdair Coates, in October. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports.

Protecting walls and brightening up spaces

It is now widely accepted that creating a positive environment in healthcare settings has a significant impact on patients’ wellbeing, potentially leading to fewer infections, therapeutic benefits, reduced pain, and shorter hospital stays.1

Carbon reduction initiatives recognised with award

A Northern Irish NHS Trust’s efforts to significantly reduce its carbon footprint and fossil fuel usage, and increase its use of renewables, via what its Estates engineering team dub ‘an innovative multidisciplinary approach across the mediums of software, hardware, plant, design, contract analysis, and training’, were rewarded when it won the Lord Carter Innovation Award 2019 at an IHEEM event held in Westminster in mid-November. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports.

Heart and lung hospital will continue to innovate

On 1 May last year the new Royal Papworth Hospital, a striking heart-shaped building located next to the city’s famous Addenbrooke’s Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, began accepting its first patients.

The impact of anaesthetic gases on global warming

With the impact of human activity on the global climate very much in the news, September’s IHEEM 2019 Regional Conference & Exhibition in Cardiff saw speakers discuss climate change’s wide-ranging impact on the operation and use of healthcare facilities – from patient comfort, internal temperatures, and staff productivity, to plant operation and building condition, as well as the healthcare estate’s contribution to carbon footprint and global warming.

Moving sustainability even higher up the agenda

‘Sustainability in the NHS’ was the title of a first day presentation by Professor Fiona Daly, Sustainability & EFM Workforce lead at NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/NHSI), in the ‘Strategy & Leadership’ steam at October’s Healthcare Estates 2019 conference in Manchester. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports.

Breaking down barriers for female engineers

HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports on the first half of an IHEEM ‘Diversity and Equality’ roundtable held in early November at the London offices of Eta Projects, at which participants discussed topics including encouraging more people from diverse genders and black and ethnic minorities into the sector, ‘alternative routes’ into healthcare engineering, and some of the workplace experiences – good and bad – of female engineers in a still largely male-dominated sector. February’s HEJ will report on the discussion’s second half.

President outlines his role in delivering IHEEM ‘vision’

The Institute’s busiest and biggest Healthcare Estates conference to date, addressing skills shortages through investment in training, education, CPD, and apprenticeships, joint working with other professional engineering bodies in pursuit of common aims, and further work to strengthen IHEEM’s national and international profile, were among the topics covered by Ian Hinitt in a wide-ranging President’s Address in November

Problems with lead, nickel, and EPDM explained

Paul Millard, Technical manager at WRAS, highlights three key plumbing material issues which he says should be considered and addressed within Water Safety Plans to maintain the water supply in hospitals and other healthcare facilities in safe and hygienic condition.

UK best practice gains traction in France

With Brexit ‘the inescapable elephant in the room’, Carole Armstrong, Marketing manager at water control and sanitaryware specialist, Delabie UK, looks at how UK best practice in the field has gained traction in the French healthcare sector.

Don’t ignore the hazards from drains

Nick Hill, FIHEEM, of independent consultancy, Water Quality London, a former chair of IHEEM’s Water Technical Platform who sits on the Institute’s Authorising Engineer (Water) Registration Board, describes the microorganisms which inhabit the drains serving washbasins in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and considers some of the alternative approaches to managing the risks they present.

Boosting plant performance through the power of AI

Medical gas system solutions specialist, SHJ, believes many current hospital medical gas systems may be running inefficiently – potentially wasting energy, adding to electricity consumption, and increasing the likelihood of premature breakdown.

Bringing standby generation right up to date

Brian Muirie, Sales director at DTGen, discusses the company’s evolution and expertise in standby power generation, explains some of the ramifications of recent environmental legislation for such plant, and explains why – with the diesel engine market ‘making every effort to introduce cleaner engines’ – the business was ‘eager to take things a step further’, and offer the UK market’s first gas standby generators.

Importance of an able, adaptable workforce

The importance of a stable, able, and adaptable workforce in meeting some of the changing challenges facing an ever-more technology-enabled NHS was among the key themes to emerge at this year’s Healthcare Estates conference.

An Australian approach to recording learning online

Speaking in a keynote on the first day of October’s Healthcare Estates 2019 conference in Manchester, shortly after the director and head of Profession for NHS Estates & Facilities at NHSE/NHSI, Simon Corben, in his address, had emphasised the importance of a flexible EFM workforce willing to embrace new skills and adapt to new challenges.

Biggest Awards Dinner yet in Manchester

The Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards Dinner 2019 on 8 October saw some 650 guests – the highest number in the dinner’s history – celebrate the presentation of nine awards and a number of runner-up certificates, recognising achievement and excellence in categories ranging from New Build Project of the Year to Sustainable Achievement.

Poor cooling knowledge can lead to ‘costly mistakes’

With patient safety a priority, NHS staff need uninterrupted access to clinical data 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Phil McEneaney, from STULZ UK, warns that a failure to understand the difference between comfort cooling and precision cooling is resulting in poorly specified equipment – ‘leading to higher costs, IT failures, and increased risk’.