RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

Climate and other challenges for Cornish hospitals

The head of Estates Operations and Trust Health and Safety at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust discussed some of the particular challenges for the design and maintenance of hospitals in a marine environment at the IHEEM 2018 Regional Conference in Cardiff.

Academy’s pioneering work to close the skills gap

Championing engineers’ key role in society, addressing the shortage of engineers from all backgrounds in the UK, and close working with key engineering institutes to ensure that the profession’s voice is heard, are among the key priorities for Dr Hayaatun Sillem, who became the Royal Academy of Engineering’s CEO last January.

Benefits of a partnership approach made clear

Speaking in Manchester last year, Cliff Jones, the Department of Health’s ProCure22 Framework lead, reflected on the considerable achievements to date of the ProCure22 Framework, and looked ahead to ‘some of the next steps’ as it further develops.

A need for ‘more joined up’ thinking and practice

At October’s Healthcare Estates 2018 conference, Simon Corben, director and head of Profession, NHS Estates and Facilities Efficiency and Productivity Division at NHS Improvement (NHSI), gave a comprehensive update on the work of he and his team.

New President will build on predecessor’s ‘themes’

Giving his inaugural address as IHEEM President in London in November, Ian Hinitt outlined his key areas of focus during his two-year tenure. Two of his key priorities will be continuing to champion work on apprenticeships and succession planning, and an ongoing drive for greater diversity and inclusion.

Using a BEMS to improve infection control

Water hygiene within hospitals and other healthcare estates is of paramount importance. Bob Blincowe, strategic account manager – UK Healthcare, at Trend Control Systems, explains how a building energy management system (BEMS) ‘can prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases by monitoring and controlling supply, storage, and distribution systems’.

Regulations and guidance there to ensure safety

Paul Millard, Technical manager at WRAS (The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme), explains some of the key areas where hospitals and other healthcare premises can act to prevent contamination of the water system, and thus effectively protect patients, visitors, and employees. He also focuses on the accompanying legal and regulatory obligations.

Large buildings can deliver cold water in a heatwave

Dr Nick Hill, Authorising Engineer (Water) at Water Quality London, and chair of IHEEM’s Water Technical Platform, discusses the temperature performance of cold water systems in healthcare premises, based on a study of five buildings during a London heatwave, including the potential remedial actions which can be taken.

Revitalised ‘Aneurin Bevan’ gives view on his legacy

Before the main conference presentations on the first day of last month’s Healthcare Estates 2018, professional actor, Jon Buckeridge, gave a memorable performance as the NHS’s founder, Aneurin Bevan, looking back on seven decades of the service, as if he had ‘woken up’ in 2018 at the IHEEM conference

Overseas success fueling business’s exciting growth

Brandon Medical is a multi-award-winning, UK-based medical technology company with 70 years’ healthcare experience. Its medical healthcare products include operating and surgical lights, medical AV systems, telemedicine solutions, touchscreen surgeon’s control panels, and uninterruptible power and medical IT (IPS) systems.

‘How healthy is your horse?– the future of the NHS’

​‘How healthy is you horse? – the future of the NHS’ – was the intriguing title of one of two opening keynotes on day one of Healthcare Estates 2018.

Recognising achievement on a night to remember

October’s 2018 Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards Dinner in Manchester was attended by almost 500 guests, with the nine awards and a number of runner-up certificates recognising excellence in categories ranging from architecture to sustainable achievement.

Stakeholder input key to Toronto hospital project

In an article that first appeared in Canadian Healthcare Facilities, Hannah Ward, the hospital’s coordinator, Corporate Communications and Redevelopment, reports on a significant redevelopment at the 89-year-old campus at east Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital.

Electromagnetic fields and their potential impact

Increasing digitisation of the sophisticated information technology used in many hospitals and healthcare facilities has had major benefits in the provision of appropriate and timely care, but the additional efficiency gained could be jeapordised by interference caused by the presence of electromagnetic fields.

England’s first PP recycling unit proving its worth

The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust now has reportedly England’s first polypropylene recycling unit in the healthcare sector

Glasgow event covered medical device safety

A variety of topics related to medical device safety were discussed at a recent event in Glasgow.

Simpler patient journeys and collaborative care

Catherine Zeliotis, senior associate and Healthcare leader at global architectural practice, Stantec, discusses ‘the innovative approach to building design and layout’ used to facilitate simplified patient journeys and integrated treatment pathways at the Taussig Cancer Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Could it be ‘curtains’ for cooling towers?

Adiabatic cooling specialist, Transtherm Cooling Industries, discusses the shift towards dry/wet evaporative cooling methods.

Focus on competence in the wake of Grenfell fire

A look at the work of the recently formed IHEEM Fire Safety Technical Platform.

Expert speakers focus on today’s challenges

An IHEEM Regional Conference and Exhibition in Cardiff took place almost 75 years to the day after IHEEM was founded.