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Return of healthcare buildings forum offers unique chance to build key relationships

Return of healthcare buildings forum offers unique chance to build key relationships

Following the success of last year’s inaugural healthcare buildings forum, the two-day event will return this summer, 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) publisher, Stable Publishing, the second 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 two-day event also includes a gala dinner – this year themed around the football World Cup - and a series of speakers who 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: “Over the past 10 to 15 years we have witnessed one of the biggest construction programmes since World War Two, aimed at modernising hospitals and health centres across the country. This has seen hundreds of millions of pounds spent on improving the acute care environment for patients, visitors and staff.

“As this comes to an end, the focus is switching to the primary care estate and community care facilities as part of the Government’s aim to support people to live independently in their own homes for longer.

“This change in emphasis means there is a growing demand for new products that reflect these changing priorities.

“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.”

Making contacts

Commenting after last year’s event, Tom Perry of Fordingbridge said: “We think that the hbf was a great format, allowing us to meet and discuss with the project delegates their requirements and how Fordingbridge can meet those challenges.

“The quality of the delegates was excellent and it would have taken many hours of phone work and travelling to organise and attend the same meetings at their offices. For 20 minutes with each delegate, we had their undivided attention. The format works.”

Nick Dale of Haigh Engineering added: “The inaugural hbf was a great success. It was well organised, giving me the opportunity to talk about to more than 20 influential buyers and architects who would specify or order our equipment.”

And project delegate, Neil Banyard, senior building project manager at Northampton General Hospital, said: “Not only was I able to engage with suppliers that I wanted to, but also others were able to showcase their services and products that I would have ordinarily ignored.

“In an age where deadlines and cost savings are paramount, there is not enough time allowed in a working week for networking with others. In the environment provided at the hbf, networking becomes an easier and more-enjoyable experience.”

Project delegates already signed up for 2014 include key managers from Kier Health, Laing O’Rourke, Medical Architecture, and NHS Lothian, as well as the Wirral Autistic Society, Northampton General Hospital and Sir Robert McAlpine.

The event will be held at the new venue of Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire on 19 and 20 June.

Makosinski said: “We are really excited about the return of the forum, which has generated a lot of interest from both project delegates and suppliers. Many of those who attended last year are returning, but we also have some 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.

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