National Healthcare Estates & Facilities Day
15th Jun, 2022
With Thursday night clapping and rainbows adorning windows across the country, the pandemic raised unprecedented awareness of the NHS. From now on, every third Wednesday in June will celebrate those who keep our hospitals safe and functioning.
Today marks the first National Healthcare Estates & Facilities Day. Healthcare Estates and Facilities (E&F) teams work on the frontline in the background, carrying out non-medical jobs to keep sites running.
These teams liaise with design teams to create, construct and upkeep our hospitals. By acting as the authorising body, they protect patients and maintain optimal environments fit for purpose.
How we can support E&F teams?
With the E&F team’s knowledge of operational activities and us as members of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management (IHEEM), we make the best possible decisions to increase the lifecycle of the building and its systems.
We engage at the earliest stage possible to understand the key aspirations. By collaborating with E&F teams, we achieve affordable and robust designs suited to their needs.
Our initial meetings include a presentation and review of concept designs and a discussion of low carbon solutions. Once the plans have been approved, construction activity begins. We are available to advise on implications and standards during the programme, identifying key milestones for the E&F teams ahead of schedule and mitigating risk, acting as their eyes and ears.
Where we have collaborated with E&F teams
NHS Nightingale Exeter & Torbay Emergency Department
Working with the E&F teams at NHS Nightingale Exeter and Torbay Emergency Department, we shared risks and identified methods to mitigate them where possible.
Our design solutions were presented to the teams in advance to enable a one-team approach – everybody was on board and understood the plan.
As well as being proactive in risk mitigation, our engineers were reactive to issues during construction, such as equipment availability issues. We stayed on-site to commission systems alongside the E&F teams, ensuring they were supported throughout.
Royal Devon & Exeter (RD&E) Emergency Department
We are acting NEC Supervisors for the RD&E E&F team. Using an NEC Supervisor can result in significant cost savings for the whole team. We’re there to spot risks and defects, allowing them to be resolved proactively.
Essentially, the E&F team are satisfied throughout construction with reporting and monitoring work without detracting from more pressing tasks.
We’ve added unmatched value to every project stage, regularly providing design support on-site to ensure standards and quality expectations are met, including recommending whether to accept systems.
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If you would like to find out more about how we can help, email John Bradbury at firstname.lastname@example.org