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UK's first NHS high-energy proton beam facility.

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Phil Shaw

Health Estate 2017 May;71(5):45-9

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. Read More

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May 2017
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Trusts' forward-thinking approach recognised.

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Phillip Herring

Health Estate 2017 05;71(5):39-43

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. Read More

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May 2017
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Investment vital to deliver 5YFV goals.

Authors:
Robert Naylor

Health Estate 2017 05;71(5):32-6

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'. Read More

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May 2017
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A Canadian first for Chinook facility.

Authors:
Gerrett Lim

Health Estate 2017 05;71(5):27-9

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. Read More

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May 2017
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Redevelopment 'challenged conventional wisdom'.

Authors:
Mark Hooper

Health Estate 2017 05;71(5):21-4

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. Read More

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May 2017
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Designing cancer centres' many challenges.

Health Estate 2017 Jun;71(6):58-61

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. Read More

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June 2017
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Adaptability at the heart of New Papworth Hospital.

Authors:
Steve Squire

Health Estate 2017 06;71(6):53-6

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. Read More

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June 2017
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Ultraclean surgery in today's theatre arena.

Authors:
Steve Slott

Health Estate 2017 06;71(6):45-8

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. Read More

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June 2017
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Biometrics can help protect and safeguard.

Authors:
Shaun Oakes

Health Estate 2017 06;71(6):41-3

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. Read More

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June 2017
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Combining people, processes, and technology.

Authors:
Julia Fishman

Health Estate 2017 06;71(6):35-8

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'. Read More

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June 2017
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Testing air permeability in isolation rooms.

Health Estate 2017 06;71(6):31-3

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. Read More

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June 2017
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Estates team looks to tackle skills shortages.

Authors:
Mark Bagnall

Health Estate 2017 06;71(6):24-8

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. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, met with the Trust's director of estates, Mark Bagnall, and head of Estates Maintenance, Paul Stafford, to find out more. Read More

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June 2017
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Ensuring the health of hospital boilers.

Authors:
Kate Wild

Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):113-4

Kate Wild, business development manager at Veolia Water Technologies, discusses how to ensure 'the health of hospital boilers'. Read More

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October 2016
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Solar PV - a bright future forecast.

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Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):109-11

Hospitals are among the biggest consumers of energy outside the energy-intensive manufacturing and industrial sectors. Should estates teams choose to embrace them renewable alternatives - such as solar power - have the potential to revolutionase consumption across the sector, explains Ian Dunning, head of Facilities & Assist Solutions at Styles&Wood Energy, the renewable energy support services division of property services group, Styles&Wood Plc. Read More

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October 2016
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Removing the stigma, changing perceptions.

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Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):105-7

Norman Smith, regional director for Mitie's North UK & Ireland operations, discusses how using 'intelligent pest management' strategies can transforms the effectiveness of pest control. Read More

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October 2016
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Designing a tap to meet multiple criteria.

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Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):101-3

Managing outbreaks of Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in hospital washrooms remains a serious issue, with individual infection prevention and control (IPC) teams tasked with deciding which strategies and products are most suitable for their hospital. While determining the most effective infection control can be challenging even for experienced IPC personnel, commercial tap manufacturers face the equally demanding task of designing sufficiently versatile and effective products to meet the requirements of a wide range of healthcare facilities. With its new H64 product, however, Bristan believes it has the answer. Read More

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October 2016
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Getting the sensory aspects right.

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Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):97-9

Poor acoustics in a building, among a number of key sensory factors, can have a detrimental impact on people with dementia. HHere Andrea Harman, concept developer for Healthcare at manufacturer and developer of acoustic solutions, Saint-Gobain Ecophon, considers the Impact of good sound design, alongside the right visual cues, carefully considered layout, and easy and convenient access to key facilities, on those with dementia in healthcare buildings, and at the difference that 'the right design' can make to patients, staff, and visitors. Read More

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October 2016
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Challenges set by the ErP Directive addressed.

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Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):93-5

In January this year, new Eco-design requirements for ventilation products came into force in the form of the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC for energy-related products (ErP). The tighter requirements signal the growing need for products that are even more energy-efficient, which will help EU countries reach their carbon reduction commitments. Here David White, UK service sales manager at supplier of air technology solutions, Fläkt Woods, considers what the new standards will mean for HVAC systems in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Read More

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October 2016
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A 'green' means of effective disinfection.

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Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):87-91

John Ware, director at Envirolyte, a specialist in water purification, sterilization, and disinfection, describes the workings and benefits of the company's electrolysed water technology. This, he explains, offers a 'green, safe, and environmentally-friendly means' of providing ongoing and consistent disinfection of a healthcare facility's water system, while ensuring that the water remains free ofpathogens, bacteria, or biofilm, as well as from harmful scale, on an ongoing basis. Read More

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October 2016
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Are you ready for water industry competition?

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Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):83-5

Stuart Richards, public sector account manager at Anglian Water Business (pictured), discusses the procurement, cost savings, and efficiency implications, of the forthcoming water industry market opening in England for the healthcare sector, and advises on what the sector needs to do - starting now - to prepare for the changes and make the most of the potential benefits. Read More

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October 2016
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The case for low temperature sterilization.

Authors:
Dean Burand

Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):79-81

How do healthcare facilities meet the conflicting demands of togher infection control guidelines and regulations and increasingly delicate hi-tech medical devises? Faster, more effective, low temperature sterilization is a big part of the answer, says Dean Burand, Divisional Regulatory Affairs manager at specialist in instrument decontamination and sterilization, IHSS. Read More

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October 2016
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Minor refurbishments to boost A&E capacity.

Authors:
Jon Huddy

Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):73-6

Against a backdrop of continuing pressures on Accident and Emergency Departments, Jon Huddy, AIA, NCARB, President and senior A&E designer at international healthcare design consulting firm, Huddy HealtCare Consulting (a speaker on both days at this month's Healthcare Estates 20116 show), sets out a personal vision of how design teams might re-think configuration of such spaces to add extra capacity. He also examines how cleverly thought-out 'minor' refurbishment schemes can help estates teams effectively address the issue, potentially at low cost, and keep their space-hungry clinical counterparts happy into the bargain. Read More

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October 2016
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Maximising your asset, minimizing the cost.

Authors:
Leigh Preece

Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):67-71

Standby generators are an essential piece of life-critical in every hospital. While acknowledging, however, that the generators represent a large capital investment, and that maintaining them in reliable running order 'represents a necessary, but significant expense', Leigh Preece, service director of Power Electrics Generators - one of the UK's leading names in the supply and maintenance of standby generation equipment - explains that there are ways for users both to amortise their outlay, and, in the process, to cut their overall electricity costs by 15-20%. Read More

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October 2016
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Making the meaning of guidance clearer.

Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):63-5

Inconsistencies in language usage in guidance documents that impose compliance obligations can lead to confusion and misinterpretation, argue John Prendergast and Sue Holding, directors of Technical Publishing Resources, both of Whom have extensive experience in compiling and editing healthcare estates technical information. In this article they look at language use in Health Building Notes (HBNs) and Health Technical Memoranda (HTMs), highlight some of the problems with existing wording and phraseology, and suggest a way forward. Read More

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October 2016
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Trust plays its part in Carter agenda.

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Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):57-60

With Lord Carter's recent 'Productivity and Efficiency' review suggesting some £5 bn could be saved annually by acute Trusts in England by 2020 via activities such as 'smarter' procurement and better use of existing estate, the Procurement and Commercial team at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust have been working intensively to play their part. More efficient procurement, securing better deals on utility costs, and cutting the cost, and improving the efficiency of, sterile services activities, are among a wide range of initiatives championed by the team that have seen it deliver a £1.1 m cost reduction for the Trust in 2016-2016, with a £1. Read More

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October 2016
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How to 'kick-start' your BIM journey.

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Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):51-5

Under a government mandate, from early April this year all centrally procured public sector projects were required to implement BIM (Building Information Modelling) at Level 2. Against this backdrop, 2 June saw IHWWM and HefmA jointly stage the first in a series of planned free-to-attend events promoting the use of BIM in the healthcare sector. Among the speakers at the seminar, which was chaired by BIM4Health chair and IHEEM Council member, Steve Batson, and held at the at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICs) in London, was Joel Martineau, LEED AP, digital practice manager at architectural and engineering firm, Stantec. Read More

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October 2016
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Prevailing approaches are broken.

Authors:
Michael Joubert

Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):47-9

Planning and managing electrical compliance in line with BS7671 is challenging due to the lack of correct information, the volume of data, and the need to manually handle this electrical information. In this article, Michael Joubert, BSc Mech. Eng. Read More

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October 2016
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A growing role for 'smart' sensors.

Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):39-44

Dr. Ghasson Shabha, senior lecturer at the integrated Design and Construction Centre at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU), and associate professor, Chris Conway, associate professor and the Centre's acting head, explain their recent work to investigate 'the latest development' of incorporating smart sensor technology (SST) to monitor and detect airborne infection in British hospitals. Here they set out why they believe effective incorporation of such technology in healthcare facilities in this digital age is the sine qua non for an effective infection control strategy to mitigate against this 'endemic problem', and ask whether such smart sensors can indeed be the 'panacea for hospitals' ills'. Read More

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October 2016
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Carbon reduction and greater resilience in the pipeline.

Authors:
Claire Hennessy

Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):33-6

Claire Hennessy, head of Operational Estates and Facilities Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HEJ - May 2016), describes a major infrastructure project currently ongoing at Oxford's John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospitals to upgrade and modernize heating and energy systems - one of the most challenging aspects of which has been the installation of a 1.4 km district heating system (Energy Link) between the two sites, involving laying of a variety of pipework and cabling under local roads. Without the heating and energy project, she explains, not only would the Trust have struggled to get through another winter, but it could also not have contemplated the redevelopment of the Churchill site, or met the expected needs of the John Radcliffe Hospital now and into the future. Read More

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October 2016
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The role of an effective AP explained.

Authors:
Kevin Furey

Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):29-31

As one of the largest consumers of electricity in the country, the NHS is exceeding its reserved capacities and putting further strain on al already stretched electrical supply network, says Kevin Furey, Electrical Portfolio manager at Eastwood Park. Here he examines the issues facing the NHS in maintaining sufficient and sage electrical supplies that will also cope with the service's needs for the future. Read More

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October 2016
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Energy efficiency could cut NHS costs by £400m.

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Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):26-7

With the growing influence of digital applications in building maintenance, and the considerable pressures on NHS budgets, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), examines some of the latest digital advances, and the potential cost savings for the health sector by harnessing them. One key focus is the SFG20 maintenance standard owned and maintained by the Association -'the UK's leading professional body for building and engineering services contractors' -which is about to be expanded again 'to provide comprehensive support for healthcare facilities by incorporating a Healthcare Functional Set developed in collaboration with IHEEM'. The new 'module' will be launched at this month's Healthcare Estates event. Read More

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October 2016
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Career takes off after aviation adventure.

Health Estate 2016 Oct;70(9):19-24

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. Read More

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October 2016
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The RCT equivalence route to registration.

Authors:
Iain Threlkeld

Health Estate 2016 Sep;70(8):65-8

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. Read More

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September 2016
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A 'live-in' security solution examined.

Authors:
Simon Finneran

Health Estate 2016 09;70(8):61-3

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'. Read More

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September 2016
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'Hidden risks' in legacy buildings.

Authors:
Andrew Steel

Health Estate 2016 09;70(8):47-9

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. Read More

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September 2016
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A 'future-proof' urgent care facility.

Authors:
Rob Bailey

Health Estate 2016 09;70(8):39-44

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. Read More

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September 2016
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Special requirements in UCV theatres.

Authors:
Graeme Hall

Health Estate 2016 09;70(8):31-3

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. Read More

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September 2016
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High profile backing for GS1 drive.

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Glen Hodgson

Health Estate 2016 09;70(8):24-8

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'. One of six 'demonstrator site' Trusts to provide a speaker at the 2016 GS1 UK national conference to report on their progress to date was Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Read More

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September 2016
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BIM and its benefits explained.

Authors:
Jonathan Baillie

Health Estate 2016 09;70(8):19-22

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. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports. Read More

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September 2016
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Work-based training's 'profound effect'.

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Klaus Muecher

Health Estate 2016 08;70(7):59-61

Klaus Muecher, Higher Education Programmes manager at Eastwood Park Training, examines the benefits of work-based learning. He suggests that, in addition to equipping those undertaking such training with valuable new skills and expertise, 'in a world of continuous quality improvement and change management', work-based degree students can also act as 'the subtle drivers of positive change'. Read More

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August 2016
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Flushing compliance enhanced at St George's.

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Health Estate 2016 08;70(7):51-4

The estates team at St George's Hospital in south London say the deployment of a web-based software system which verifies that 'responsible' staff across the site have regularly flushed low-use water outlets to maintain flow, and thus prevent potentially dangerous waterborne bacteria building up in pipework, has 'very substantially' increased compliance with approved flushing practice--as set out in the HSE's L8 Approved Code of Practice on controlling Legionella bacteria in water systems, and the new HTM 04-01, Safe Water in Healthcare Premises. As HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports, the hospital's use of Digital Missives' L8guard software system has also saved considerable staff time, eliminated the need to manually input data from thousands of paper flushing return forms, and enabled the Estates team to easily identify departments not undertaking regular flushing. Read More

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August 2016
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Managing electrical supplies safely.

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Al Rufaie

Health Estate 2016 08;70(7):45-8

Few will doubt that electrical supplies in healthcare premises need to be designed and maintained to standards exceeding those encountered in domestic premises. Alongside the need to ensure continuity of electrical supplies--hence the importance of properly maintained emergency standby generators to ensure that vital medical electrical (ME) equipment and building services systems can operate without interruption--patients may be particularly vulnerable to electrical hazards during medical procedures, due to the attachment to the skin of applied parts of ME equipment, and/or their introduction into the body. Here Al Rufaie, BSc CEng MIET FIHEEM, who has 40 years' electrical industry experience, including over 10 years at the Department of Health providing electrical technology and safety guidance to the NHS, covers these elements, and details the patient protection requirements and various classifications of medical locations. Read More

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August 2016
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Better protecting staff working alone.

Health Estate 2016 08;70(7):39-43

Established four and a half years ago as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dutch-headquartered personal security and critical communications solutions provider, Atus BV, Hereford-based Atus Systems has since established a strong UK-wide client base supplying personal pagers, wireless personal alarm units, and the associated infrastructure, predominantly to high secure mental health facilities, prisons, and detention centres. Recent months, however, mark a new chapter for it, with the launch of a 'unique' lone worker protection system able to identify such personnel's location even when they are indoors and out of range of GPS coverage, and a sophisticated two-way enterprise critical messaging system. As HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, discovered from MD, Darren Swindlehurst, the company will target both systems squarely at the NHS and private healthcare providers, as well as at its more 'traditional' customers. Read More

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August 2016
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Senior personnel meet to debate key issues.

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Jonathan Baillie

Health Estate 2016 08;70(7):33-6

Prior to the start of the second day of April's Hospital Innovations 2016 show at Olympia, London, and immediately before Lord Carter gave an address at the event updating conference delegates on progress with he and his team's review of the 'productivity and efficiency' of English NHS acute hospitals, IHEEM held an 'invitation only' Chief Executives' Breakfast Briefing, at which senior personnel from both the NHS and private sector discussed some of their key concerns against today's difficult economic backdrop for the sector. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports. Read More

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August 2016
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Saving energy via high-efficiency fans.

Authors:
Thomas Heine

Health Estate 2016 08;70(7):29-31

Thomas Heine, sales and market manager for EC Upgrades, the retrofit arm of global provider of air movement solutions, ebm-papst A&NZ, discusses the retrofitting of high-efficiency fans to existing HVAC equipment to 'drastically reduce energy consumption'. Read More

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August 2016
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A real voyage of discovery.

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Greg Truscott

Health Estate 2016 08;70(7):22-6

In an article that first appeared in the March 2016 issue of The Australian Hospital Engineer, Greg Truscott MIHEA, the IHEA (Institute of Hospital Engineering Australia) 'exchange' delegate for 2015, reports on the enjoyable experience and the knowledge he gained as an ANZEX delegate during a recent visit to New Zealand hosted by the NZIHE (the New Zealand Institute of Healthcare Engineering). During the visit, he not only toured 11 different hospital sites, but also presented at the 2015 NZIHE national conference. Read More

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August 2016
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HTM advocates 'holistic approach'.

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Nick Hill

Health Estate 2016 06;70(6):29-35

Dr Nick Hill, a fellow of IHEEM, and chair of the Institute's Water Technical Platform, whose career encompasses over 25 years' experience working on all aspects of water, considers some of the key guidance contained in the new Health Technical Memorandum, HTM 04-01, Safe Water in Healthcare Premises (2016), which was published last month. Read More

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June 2016
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Procurement options' 'pros and cons'.

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Ian Nunn

Health Estate 2016 06;70(6):25-6

The existing ProCure21+ (P21+) framework deal for delivering healthcare construction projects for the NHS is due to end this September, and will be replaced by ProCure22, which could see a spend of £2 bn - £5 bn over four years. Against this backdrop, Ian Nunn ICIOB, a senior associate at multidisciplinary design, property, and construction consultancy solutions business, Pellings, reviews the different types of procurement options open to NHS Trusts, and considers their 'pros and cons'. Read More

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June 2016
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Best practice not being sufficiently replicated.

Authors:
Jonathan Baillie

Health Estate 2016 06;70(6):19-23

'Efficient productivity through innovation' was the theme of the first ever Hospital Innovations conference and exhibition at Olympia, London in late April. At the two-day event--supported by organisations including IHEEM, the Legionella Control Association, the Water Management Society, the BRE, and a sizeable number of English NHS Trusts--the Day Two keynote address by Lord Carter very much reflected this theme. Following his address at Healthcare Estates 2015, the Labour Peer focused further in London on his team's recent review of the 'productivity and efficiency' of English NHS Trusts, and explained how the initiative would progress in coming months. Read More

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June 2016
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Full marks achieved for Pinderfields eye clinic.

Authors:
Jon Newman

Health Estate 2016 Mar;70(3):71-4

Jon Newman, managing director of Elliott, explains how an off-site construction system enabled the completion of a specialist eye clinic at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield in just 32 weeks. Read More

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March 2016
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