Leading healthcare and public sector construction commentators from across the country came together at this year’s IHEEM Healthcare Estates 2019 to address key topics affecting the industry including poor-quality estates and patient experience in the NHS.
Taking place at Manchester Central in October, more than 4,500 people and 250 companies exhibited at the event, with keynote speakers including the Chief Executive of the Engineering Council and the Director and Head of Profession NHS Estates and Facilities.
MAC Director Paul Holt was invited to present a strategic insight into the world of construction, focussing this on key themes of the conference including clinical space, construction, efficiency, funding, patient experience and regeneration.
A crucial subject covered in this presentation was the emerging conversation on the development of a Wellbeing Village, and how this may provide alternative funding and help to support the process of structurally reforming the NHS’s physical estate.
He said: “The IHEEM Healthcare Estates 2019 was an excellent conference; attended by a broad church of NHS engineering and constructional professionals complemented by international representatives from across the world.
“Throughout the event it became increasingly evident that there is a collective desire to adopt a cohesive approach to solving key issues such as ‘bed blocking’, which is a significant step in the right direction.”
Paul added: “As a business specialising within this arena we are working with several public and private sector clients in their development and interpretation of ‘One Public Estate’ – be that through the lens of the NHS and their need to reduce cost, or a University as market leaders in innovative research.
“From the perspective of a council, the Wellbeing Places model set out in the Wellbeing Village in Cumbria, is gaining traction as a new investment model that brings together the disparate public sector parties into a unified partnership.
“In doing so, we would be helping local economies in their ongoing drive to meet both stringent budget challenges and ongoing investment into their community, promoting health and wellbeing.
“During the event, there was a real sense of excitement about recent investment announcements in support of the NHS. The audience engaged with the clear pathway I presented which outlined how we connect ‘the person’ and their specific needs, promoting preventative health outcomes through purpose built fully compliant accommodation.
“This same method of accommodation provision will help the NHS deliver the Naylor principles, helping solve the common problems associated with ‘bed blocking’ in the NHS and a lack of good quality key worker accommodation. Critically this accommodation forms part of a wider solution to ensure we build a cohesive social intergenerational community”
Paul further emphasised that NHS colleagues should be excited as the Wellbeing Model invites partnership without the standard commercial expectation of signing long term contracts – a true ‘Win-Win’ for both the public and private sector partners.
He concluded: “Through our work as Project Directors on the £100m Wellbeing Village in the North West, we can offer real time demonstration of long-term partnerships with Wellbeing Places.
“We are both excited and committed to exploring and developing partnerships between private and public sector organisations, and ultimately contribute to the wider social economy.”