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Professionals come together to tackle infection control

In the context of the recent update to British Standard (BS) 8580-2: Risk assessments for Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other waterborne pathogens, Armitage Shanks recently brought together in London experts from across the healthcare sector to discuss what the changes mean in practice, and the role of the multidisciplinary team in preventing and responding to waterborne pathogens. Anil Madan, UK Non Residential Marketing manager for Ideal Standard and Armitage Shanks, reports.

Ensuring a long life for the future’s healthcare buildings

The second day’s second keynote speaker at IHEEM’s joint Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland conference in Dublin was Brendan Smyth, Director of Health Projects within the Construction and Procurement Delivery (CPD) Department, Northern Ireland.

Mapping a path to Net Zero for Northern Ireland

Erin Savage, Head of the Energy Strategy Team within Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy, gave the first keynote presentation on the second day of IHEEM’s joint Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland conference in Dublin. She used her talk to discuss Northern Ireland’s recently published new energy strategy, Path to Net Zero Energy, its key themes, and the key short, medium, and longer-term objectives enshrined in it.

Creating a roadmap for more automated surgery

Colin Dobbyne, operating theatre control system designer, examines the IoT technology that could modernise operating theatres to become ‘part of an active collaborative support system’.

Badly maintained buildings can be a risk for all

David Jones, from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, argues that more thought must be given to the potential risk to patients, staff, and visitors from hospital buildings that are neither ‘sound’, nor ‘operationally safe’.

Designing for accessibility and a healing environment

Healthcare facilities have complex and stringent design requirements. With specification of interior finishes key, the UK Sales manager at Construction Specialties UK considers some of the main design considerations and legislative requirements.

Healthcare at the heart of local communities

As high streets decline, empty premises result in lower footfall for neighbouring businesses. But many hospitals are full, with little means to physically expand. A recent webinar presented by Health Spaces explored a potential solution.

The cost-of-living crisis is a household issue for the NHS

The increase in the UK cost of living has placed unprecedented pressure on operating budgets for NHS facilities and service-providers alike. An associate director at Archus outlines the ways NHS Estates and Facilities teams can address inflationary pressures, and protect service delivery standards, while maintaining the principles of partnership and social value.

‘State-of-the-art’ equipment for new Merlin Park theatres

Two new elective orthopaedic theatres at Merlin Park University Hospital in Galway have been equipped with Bender’s ‘state-of-the-art’ equipment, in a turnkey ‘supply and install’ project.

Glasgow Net Zero hub will boost local regeneration

Parkhead Health & Care Centre, under construction in Glasgow, will become Scotland’s first working Net Zero carbon health and social care facility, improving the lives of some 200,000 people.

Six decades of changing practice and thinking

Leading microbiologists from the Central Sterilising Club look back at some of the key developments in surgical instrument decontamination over the past six decades.

A ‘decade for delivery’ on carbon reduction in focus

The CEO of the Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland on the drive to reduce the carbon footprint of the country’s public sector healthcare estate.

Irish public sector’s duty to ‘lead by example’

Dean Sullivan, Deputy CEO and Chief Strategy Officer at Ireland’s Health Service Executive, stresses the importance of the public sector taking a lead in the drive toward Net Zero.

‘Gaps in intelligent data management’ addressed

How a provider of software, consultancy, training, support, and IT and document management solutions, helped the Digital Innovation and Strategic Estates teams at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust ‘kick off their BIM journey’, and improve the data collection process.

‘Pay-per-use’ EWD upgrade for Great Western

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed up to Wassenburg’s pay-per-use scheme in replacing four endoscope washer-disinfectors (EWDs).

Achieving a better gender balance in healthcare FM

Rina Pandya, head of People Transformation and Culture at NHS Property Services, discusses the importance of promoting the success of women in healthcare estates and facilities management – traditionally a male-dominated sector.

Importance of ‘competence’ cannot be under-estimated

Matt Morse, a specialist in Legionella control and water treatment, discusses ‘competence’, with a particular focus on Legionella control, what the term signifies, how it can be measured, and why it is so important in a patient safety-critical field.

The ‘science’ of effective cleaning in focus

The risks posed to patients from pathogens found in hospital environments, and the need for those tasked with cleaning them to be adequately trained, and equipped with the latest technology, are highlighted by Dr Mark Garvey, consultant clinical scientist in Microbiology.

Ireland’s largest healthcare project progressing well

Bobby Conroy, Architect director at BDP’s Dublin studio, describes how the design of Ireland’s New Children’s Hospital has been developed around a ‘child and family-centred identity’, and explains how standardisation and digital technology have played a central role in the delivery of the project.

A focus on how standards evolve and their impact

At IHEEM’s 2022 Authorising Engineers conference, Brian Kirk, from the Institute’s Decontamination Technical Platform, and Paul Harris, Chair of the IHEEM Electrical Technical Platform, looked at the evolution of standards within healthcare engineering and estate management.

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