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Catherine Zeliotis
Catherine Zeliotis, healthcare leader and senior associate at global healthcare architectural practice, Stantec (pictured), discusses the latest thinking in the design of cancer centres, providing best practice examples from Stantec projects throughout the world.
June 2017: Health Estate
Steve Squire
Steve Squire, head of Sika Major Projects, discusses approaches to integrated specification at the New Papworth Hospital, which is currently under construction at the famous Addenbrooke's Hospital site in Cambridge. He explains that ensuring that the fabric of the building supports an extended service life for the hospital, excellent build quality, and reduced maintenance, have been a high priority, with Sika supplying a number of its products for use in different parts of the structure.
June 2017: Health Estate
Steve Slott
Steve Stott, managing director of Medical Air, discusses the many benefits of ultraclean ventilation systems in the 21st century operating theatre environment, explaining that the development of ever-more advanced and 'flexibly designed' UCV canopies has enabled them to be installed in a wide range of theatres, extending the variety of surgeries that can be undertaken, while helping to minimise the risk of surgical site infection.
June 2017: Health Estate
Shaun Oakes
Shaun Oakes, managing director at ievo, a north-east England-based manufacturer of biometric fingerprint readers, argues that growing use of biometrics technology can improve security and afford better protection to premises, valuable items, and people, across an ever-busier NHS.
June 2017: Health Estate
Julia Fishman
Julia Fishman, managing director and vice-President, Clinical Strategy, at TeleTracking Technologies, discusses the in-use benefits of patient, staff, and asset tracking and flow technologies, arguing that their effective deployment across an NHS under considerable pressure on many fronts can free up more time to care, bring considerable cost and wider efficiencies, and help to address the perennial issue of 'bed blocking'.
June 2017: Health Estate
Blanca Beato-Arribas
Blanca Beato-Arribas, the Asset Performance Team leader at BSRIA, the ISO 9001-registered test, instruments, research, and consultancy organisation, describes her recent work testing the design of isolation rooms that allow the room to be optimally used for both infectious and immunocompromised patients. With pressure differentials the determining factor when controlling infection between an isolation suite and the rest of the hospital, she explains that air permeability levels within the suite should be as low as possible...
June 2017: Health Estate
Mark Bagnall
Concerned that engineering skills gaps, compounded by difficulties in attracting skilled tradespeople, will leave the Trust's Estates team poorly equipped and insufficiently skilled to meet the challenge of keeping a large acute hospital running efficiently over coming years, the management team within the Estates Maintenance Department at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a Workforce Development Programme to tackle existing skills gaps, bring in and retain able and enthusiastic new recruits, and ensure strong succession planning...
June 2017: Health Estate
Phil Shaw
With the UK's first high-energy Proton Beam Therapy Centre set to open next year at Manchester's The Christie, young patients with head and neck tumours, cancers close to the skull or spine, or a variety of soft tissue tumours, and adults with cancers difficult to treat using 'conventional' photon-based radiotherapy will, for the first time, be able to receive NHS proton beam therapy (PBT) without having to travel overseas. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, visited the site of The Christie's new £135 million PBT Centre to find out more about the design and construction of a facility which interserve construction director for the North-West, Phil Shaw, describes as one of the most complex and specialist he has worked on...
May 2017: Health Estate
Phillip Herring
It is often said that the quality of the parking experience at a hospital or other healthcare facility makes one of the most lasting impressions on visitors. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, spoke to Phillip Herring, managing director at Indigo, the UK arm of one of Europe's leading 'bespoke parking solution' providers, to discover how, harnessing first-class customer service, the latest technology, and the ability to offer anything from simple car park management to 30-year Design Build Finance Operate (DBFO) packages, the company is looking to extend a UK healthcare parking contract portfolio which already sees it work with 11 NHS Trusts across England, Scotland, and Wales...
May 2017: Health Estate
Robert Naylor
Without substantial investment in the NHS estate, the Five Year Forward View cannot be delivered, and the estate will 'remain unfit for purpose and continue to deteriorate', an independent review of NHS property and estate in England headed by Sir Robert Naylor, the former CEO of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (pictured), concludes. Among the recommendations of the DH-commissioned review--which considers the opportunities to generate valuable funds via the sale of under-utilised NHS properties--is the establishment of 'a powerful new NHS Property Board', to 'provide leadership to the centre, and expertise and delivery support to Sustainability and Transformation Plans'...
May 2017: Health Estate
Gerrett Lim
Gerrett Lim, a sustainable building and LEED technical advisor at architecture and design firm, Perkins+Will, describes how the design and construction of a new a five-storey, 205,000 ft(2) wing at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta, was the first healthcare project in Canada to register with the new LEED-HC rating system.
May 2017: Health Estate
Mark Hooper
In a paper awarded 'Best Member Paper' at the 2016 Institute of Hospital Engineering, Australia (IHEA) National Conference held at the Adelaide Oval last October, Mark Hooper BEng, executive project manager at Echuca Regional Health in Victoria, Australia, describes a A$66 million redevelopment project at the hospital--which is located in the historic port town of Echuca on the Murray river, two and a half hours north of Melbourne. He highlights some of the significant innovation that went into the project, in areas including plant operation and maintenance, emergency planning, resilience, and patient and staff comfort...
May 2017: Health Estate
Willis Newson, Jane Willis
Founder and director of Bristol-based arts consultancy, Willis Newson, Jane Willis, describes how the firm worked closely with a number of teams at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and commissioned artists to redesign the Bereavement Suite and Sanctuary Space at Bristol Royal infirmary to provide more solace and comfort to bereaved visitors and relatives as part of a major conversion and extension project.
October 2016: Health Estate
Iain Threlkeld
Iain Threlkeld BEng(Hons), CEng, FIHEEM, MIPEM, head of Clinical Engineering at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, looks at the background to the establishment of the Register of Clinical Technologists, and describes a new 'equivalence route' to registration designed for experienced clinical technologists with a suitable degree-level qualification.
September 2016: Health Estate
Simon Finneran
Simon Finneran, managing director of vacant property protection specialist, Ad Hoc Property Management (pictured), discusses how, in the company's words, estates managers in the healthcare sector "can make significant savings when looking for vacant property security solutions by installing salaried individuals in disused buildings to act as 'live in security'.
September 2016: Health Estate
Andrew Steel
Andrew Steel, managing director of air hygiene and water treatment specialist, Airmec, considers some of the key priorities for estates and facilities teams managing older healthcare estates to ensure that both the buildings, and the plant and equipment within them, are maintained in a safe, fit-for-purpose condition. He stresses the need both for accurate and proper risk assessment--particularly when 'legacy' buildings have been regularly adapted, updated, or refurbished over time, and, equally, to maintain up-to-date and comprehensive asset registers...
September 2016: Health Estate
Rob Bailey
A £35 m project to create what the Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust says will be 'a new, world-class urgent care and trauma centre' at Aintree University Hospital just north of Liverpool is nearing its conclusion, with the final phases due for completion by the year-end. As HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, discovered on meeting with construction manager--North West at BAM Construction, Rob Bailey, who is leading the construction scheme, and Paul Fitzpatrick, director of Estates and Facilities at the Trust, a complex scheme which has involved transferring some departments to temporary facilities, and ensuring that clinical activities continue uninterrupted throughout, has progressed on schedule thanks to effective multidisciplinary and multi-party collaboration...
September 2016: Health Estate
Graeme Hall
Graeme Hall FIHEEM, MIET, managing director of Brandon Medical, considers in detail the particular requirements and criteria for operating lights used in ultraclean ventilation (UCV) theatres, and explains how the recent establishment of a standard for testing of lighting's suitability for such theatre environments will help designers and manufacturers, as well as those specifying UCV theatre illumination, going forward.
September 2016: Health Estate
Glen Hodgson
At the 2016 GS1 UK Healthcare Conference in London, delegates heard from speakers including Pat Mills, the Department of Health's commercial director, on the ongoing work to embed GS1 standards throughout the NHS in England in line with the DH's eProcurement Strategy, published in April 2014. This mandated that any service or product procured by an English NHS acute Trust comply with the standards--one of the most obvious representations of which is on barcodes--'to enable Trusts to manage their non-pay spending by adopting master procurement data, automating the exchange of such data, and benchmarking their procurement against other Trusts and healthcare providers'...
September 2016: Health Estate
Jonathan Baillie
A high-level look at Building Information Modelling's key benefits, the potential pitfalls, and the priorities for successful implementation, in the wake of the recent Government mandate that all centrally procured public sector construction projects commenced after 4 April this year be implementing BIM Level 2, was given by Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Gary Allen, of IDC-Consult, at the first in a series of planned IHEEM/HefmA joint seminars on the topic held recently at the headquarters of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in London...
September 2016: Health Estate
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