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Third annual healthcare buildings forum offers unique chance to build key relationships

Next month sees the return of the increasingly-popular healthcare buildings forum, a two-day event giving healthcare product and service suppliers the opportunity to meet key decision-makers involved in the design and build of health and social care facilities.

Organised by healthcare design & management (hdm) sister company, Stable Events, the third annual forum will create a productive networking environment through which delegates can focus on creating long-lasting business relationships through a series of pre-arranged meetings.

Supplier and project delegate schedules are matched in advance to ensure that both parties maximise their time at the event, with a minimum of 15 meetings taking place with those in charge of commissioning for healthcare estates.

The event also includes a gala dinner and a series of speakers will present case studies and examine the pitfalls and problems they have encountered while working in the sector and how they overcame them.

Jo Makosinski, editor of hdm and one of the organisers of the event, said: “This year’s forum will be held shortly after the general election and our keynote debates will touch on how the results of the ballot will affect the healthcare marketplace.

“We have two keynote sessions over the course of the event, offering direction and advice to suppliers and commissioners looking to make the most of the opportunities that will undoubtedly be available within this sector over the coming months.”

Join in the discussion

The speakers include Allan Wilén of construction industry analysts, Glenigan, who will talk about the current healthcare marketplace and what the priorities are, as well as give details of the sector pipeline; and Martin Cannon, a partner at legal firm, DAC Beachcroft. He specialises in delivering solutions to estate managers within the public sector, involving skills in construction and engineering and facilities management, and is an expert on PFI.

There will also be insights from international architect Teva Hesse of C.F. Møller Architects, who will be discussing how mapping incident data can help to enhance healthcare design, as well as providing an overview of the international marketplace and the opportunities for UK and overseas companies

Finally, delegates will hear from Nick Hutton, a senior buyer in the infection control department at NHS Supply Chain, who will be offering advice on selling to the NHS, and what healthcare operators are looking for in modern innovations.

Makosinski said: “The healthcare buildings forum provides the ideal platform for suppliers to meet with the people in charge of commissioning for health and social care developments and to put their innovative products forward.

“The unique format of the event means supplier delegates are guaranteed quality time with commissioners and can demonstrate how their products or services can help to transform a new generation of buildings.

“At the past two events we have matched suppliers and project delegates and have seen them create long-term partnerships that have resulted in business deals that will help to enhance healthcare buildings across the country.

Networking time

Commenting after last year’s event, Kevin Gorman, chairman of Britplas, said: “During a single day at the event I had good, indepth conversations with more than a dozen people. To try and do that outside of this event would take about two weeks of sales reps travelling up and down the country, costing us thousands in time and petrol. You get so much from it.”

George Gaduzo, managing director of GadARCH Design Services, added: “I find the event really facilitates networking. I have seen some really excellent products during my time here and I will go away and use them, no question about that. I really have been very impressed with the innovations suppliers are bringing to the table that I might not otherwise have known about.”

Project delegates already signed up for 2015 include key managers from BT Consultants, Aurora Partnership, BPHA, Interserve, Kier Health, P21+, Simons Design, Sir Robert McAlpine, and Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. They are all working on, or planning, major developments within the health and social care sector.

Also, for the first time, the event will have an international feel, with representatives from Qatar-based Hamad Medical Corporation; and the Department of Health South Africa taking part.

The event will be held at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire on 18 and 19 June.

Makosinski said: “We are really excited about this year’s forum, which is our biggest yet and has generated a lot of interest from both project delegates and suppliers, in the UK and overseas. Several of those who attended last year are returning, but we also have a large number of new delegates looking to meet with suppliers to discuss planned infrastructure improvements.

“This is a unique opportunity to speak to those people who make the final decisions on the products and services that will be used in new and refurbished health and social care buildings. Usually getting an audience with these key decision-makers is at best difficult, and at worst impossible. The hbf is the perfect vehicle to break down these barriers.”

For more information about the event, or to register for your place, visit the website at hb-forum.co.uk or email sally@stable-events.co.uk.

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