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News archive - July 2015
Everyone’s a winner
“Often you are not aware of the amount of innovation that goes on within the marketplace, especially in times of austerity, but events like the hbf make you realise that there are wonderful things happening that could help you when working on a new scheme.”
This comment from Russell Burns, associate director and health lead at consultancy Faithful + Gould, sums up the reaction of delegates to this year’s forum.
The annual event 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.
“Technology is moving faster than you can keep up with it,” said Burns. “Therefore, it’s important to meet with suppliers and get an understanding of what can be done. Events like this create a win-win situation and the networking opportunities are great.
“For suppliers it is two days really well spent getting their products out there.”
Ben Pembleton, health sector specialist at Catfoss Group, added: “I have had two really good days meeting some interesting people and finding out about their products.
“I have organised at least three meetings to follow up from this event.”
On the first day of the conference one company was told the architect needed to make a decision on a particular project by lunchtime that day. With just 20 minutes to go until the deadline for submissions, the supplier made some calls, put in a bid, and a £13,000 order was placed during the session.
Commenting on the move, the supplier said: “That’s got to be what events like these are for - helping to show what innovation is happening and solving problems.
“We were thrilled to have been able to help and if we hadn’t been at the forum we might not have won that business.”
John Plum, P21+ project manager at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, added: “I came to the mental health and dementia facilities forum (mhdf) in September and was a bit worried about doing the hbf so soon after.
“I was wondering what could possibly be new, but I have realised that suppliers are working really hard and are innovating all the time. It’s great that they can come here and show us those products.”
And architect Teva Hesse , head of the London branch of C F Moller Architects, said: “I’ve had some great sessions learning a lot about products and the problems they can solve.
“The format is great as you get to see how products are being developed and that there is still innovation happening in the marketplace.”
Read the latest edition of hdm to find out more about what our delegates had to say about the current healthcare marketplace.
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