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News archive - September 2013
Networking event creates opportunities to build lasting relationships in the mental health sector
Product and service suppliers working within the specialist mental health sector will get the opportunity to meet key decision-makers involved in the design and build of mental health facilities at a unique networking event this autumn.
Following on from the hugely successful inaugural healthcare buildings forum, the mental health facilities forum (mhf) 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.
Organised by Stable Events, sister company to hdm publisher, Stable Publishing, the two-day event also includes a gala dinner and a series of speakers who will present case studies and examine the pitfalls and problems they have encountered while working in the mental health sector.
Jo Makosinski, editor of hdm, said: “Out of all specialist clinical areas, mental health is among the most challenging in terms of creating fit-for-purpose, value-for-money facilities in which patients can be treated and rehabilitated.
“But, despite these difficulties, the market has in recent years taken mental health design forward in leaps and bounds and the UK now boasts some of the most forward-thinking designs both in terms of buildings and the technologies that go within them.
“For example, product manufacturers have embraced the demand for anti-ligature fixtures and fittings, and have been instrumental in creating products that look less institutional and clinical, but are still robust and do the job they are meant to do.
“The mental health market will continue to grow and manufacturers and suppliers will need to continue to innovate in order to stay ahead.”
While major general hospital redevelopment schemes have slowed down, the mental health sector shows little sign of doing the same, with 321 mental health estate developments currently in progress in the private and public sectors. Of these around 30 are worth in excess of £50m. Several more are in the pipeline.
Jo Makosinski said: “The mhf provides the perfect platform for companies to meet and do business with those individuals at the forefront of the mental health sector.
“The event will bring together NHS trusts, architects, contractors, care homes operators, public and private mental health operators, suppliers and service providers over two packed days of pre-arranged business meetings, informal networking opportunities, keynote sessions and other social activities.”
Value for money
Attendees at the first ever healthcare buildings forum in June described the event as ‘excellent’, ‘informative’ and ‘great value for money’. Many are now returning for the mhf.
Alan Garwood, director of Toprail, said: “It was great for both sides as often you have trouble getting hold of people on the phone or by email and if you catch them on the wrong day, they don’t want to know. At the forum you know you are going to get to see them and when you have a chance to talk to them face to face they see the benefit in what you are doing.”
Lindsay Davies, area sales manager for Airwave Europe, added: “My expectations were exceeded in terms of both the quality and the number of positive opportunities I gathered. What would have taken several weeks and hundreds of miles to achieve was done in just two days!”
And project delegate, James Derry, managing director of Derry, said: “The event venue and format with the one-to-one meetings gave the perfect opportunity to both showcase my company and to learn and understand how the supplier companies could benefit my organisation and undoubtedly it will prove most beneficial for the future.”
The event will be held at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel in the heart of rural Warwickshire, just four miles from Birmingham’s NEC on October 17 and 18.
Makosinski said: “We are really excited about the forum, which has already generated a lot of interest from both project delegates and suppliers.
“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 mental health buildings. Usually getting an audience with these key decision-makers is at best difficult and at worst impossible. The mhf 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 www.mhf-forum.co.uk.