Hospital Innovations confirm Lord Carter as keynote speaker

A raft of speakers has been announced for the Hospital Innovations Conference taking place in London later this month including Lord Carter of Coles who will give the keynote address on day 2 following his report on improving productivity in the NHS.

Hospital Innovations focuses on ‘Efficient productivity without compromising quality’ and sees a number of sessions looking at efficiency, new technologies, finance and procurement.

Speakers in the first session on day 1 which looks at Delivering Savings and Efficiency through Strategic Procurement on the opening morning, Tuesday 26 April include David Lawson, Chief Procurement Officer, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Gary Welch, Director of Procurement and Supply Chain, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The session is chaired by Alexandra Hammond from Essentia.

A recent BBC report announced ‘nearly every hospital in England is now in deficit as financial problems in the NHS threaten to spiral out of control. Of the 138 hospital trusts, just seven are still in surplus according to the 2015-16 third quarter accounts, which cover April to December. The figures also showed a total NHS trust overspend of £2.26bn once ambulance, mental health and community services were taken into account. Experts said performance was deteriorating at an “alarming rate”.

The deficit is already nearly triple what it was for the whole of the 2014-15 – and means the NHS is on track for one of its largest ever overspends. The figures – released by NHS regulators Monitor and the Trust Development Authority – cover 240 trusts in total, which between them they account for about two-thirds of the NHS’s £116bn budget.

Hospital Innovations aims to help those working in and with the National Health Service and Private sector, come up with solutions to historic issues and learn from others already making changes and the resulting savings seen by these trusts.

The sessions on Technology and Telehealth and Smart use of Space sees real examples from Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The speakers also include suppliers working with the trusts, Vodafone Healthcare and Vanguard Healthcare Solutions.

Patient Pathways and Driving Efficiencies, two key areas following the Carter report are addressed on the second day at the conference following Lord Carter’s address.

Patient Pathways looks at the impact decisions can have on the patient route. The efficiency of the whole patient journey is more important than the individual team’s efficiencies. The NHS is taking steps to reduce waiting times, however when this is implemented in one part of a hospital service it often highlights something else that prevents further improvement. For example, after extensive and detailed improvement work in ultrasound, a service improvement lead stated ‘without improving transport we can go no further to improve ultrasound services’. As a result, the hospital decided to review porter services.

Speakers include Daniel Reason, Site Services Manager and Lead – Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Terry Young, Professor of Healthcare Systems – Brunel University London; David Hipkin,

Managing Director – SoftSols Group and Gordon Reid, IT Manager Health – Serco.

Diagnostics are often highlighted as a bottleneck in the patient pathways. This is because the speed of clinical investigation and clinical decision making depends upon diagnostic services. In turn, however, diagnostic services rely upon the transportation of patients and samples they need to test. This means that the turnaround time for test results will depend upon both diagnostics and porters (or other transportation) turnaround times. Transporting patients and / or samples for diagnostic tests isn’t the only role porters have so their efficiency and way of working will have knock on effects for other parts of the hospital as well.

The situation raises the prospect of the Department of Health failing to balance the overall books, which would be a huge embarrassment given the extra money the NHS is getting.

In autumn’s spending review the government announced the NHS would get an extra £8.4bn this Parliament. A big chunk of that, £3.8bn, is being put in next year.

The BBC report highlights ‘Hospitals and other health services are not like a businesses. They’re not going to just go bust as the government can always step in. But the financial problems do matter. The deficits being racked up are massive. This time the impact is likely to be felt in terms of what doesn’t happen. The government has promised the NHS extra money in the coming years to help it cope with demand and transform itself to become fit for the 21st century.

But if that goes on paying off debts, the NHS will be on the back foot straight away. The risk then is that a vicious circle develops with the service never quite being able to catch up. If that happens, the choices are stark: spend even more or cut back’.

Last year the NHS finished over £800m in the red – with the health service as a whole balancing the books only after a cash injection from the Treasury and by raiding the capital budget earmarked for buildings.

The financial report released said the NHS was on track for a £2.8bn deficit which, if savings could be made in the final three months, could be brought down to under £2.4bn.

Paul Healy, of the NHS Confederation, which represents managers, said there was a limit to how much individual organisations could do. He said transforming the system to reduce the demand on hospitals by keeping people well in the community was now an “absolute necessity”.

A Department of Health spokesman said an on-going clampdown on agency staff and management consultants would help trusts. He also urged hospital bosses to “show financial grip” by introducing the recommendations of the Lord Carter review on productivity which was published earlier this month. “We know finances are challenging, but this government is committed to the NHS and its values,” he added.

Hospital Innovations focuses on four key areas; Technology, Finance, Procurement & Facilities and will address a number of the key issues in the announcement with sessions devoted to Compliance, Telehealth, Driving Efficiencies, Improving the Patient Journey and Smart use of Space.

Taking place in London at Olympia Conference Centre on 26 & 27 April 2016 the event will offer two days devoted to tackling the key objectives facing the healthcare sector over the coming five to ten years.

Exhibitors at the event are at the cutting edge of providing solutions for the health sector. Simon Dennis, Strategic Procurement Manager at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust comments “we have a long history of innovation in healthcare, from the launch of the “My Trusty” skincare range to the early adoption of 3D printing. The Trust is one of the original Carter Programme cohort trusts, and has recently been awarded one of the six Demonstrator Site statuses for the national GS1 programme. The Trust’s Commercial Services team are also involved in designing bespoke energy procurement solutions for other Trusts, consistently outperforming the market in both the long and short term.

At this year’s Hospital Innovations show, the Trust are launching a new solution to the nationwide problem of maintaining a readiness for escalation or major incidents, whilst ensuring efficient and cost effective use of high-cost clinical space. Designed with input from medical device staff, estates leaders and commercial specialists, this show will be the first outing for a solution which has already attracted interest from leading inner city Trusts and rurally based service alike.

With estates costs and operational efficiency costs being key drivers in Lord Carter’s work, releasing time and space back to clinical use will become a higher priority than ever. To find out how your hospital can benefit from new innovations, visit Salisbury’s stand at the Hospital Innovations exhibition. Salisbury NHS Trust can be found on Stand 424

Other exhibitors include:

Aidcall has been the market leader in the production of wireless Nurse Call technology – stand 316

Art in Site specialise in creating integrated art and design projects for healthcare and public buildings – stand 402

Ascom provide a Mobile Revolution for Patient Care. Established for over 50 years Ascom designs, builds and operates robust on-site communication solutions that improve hospital workflows specifically for clinical staff – stand 308

Courtney Thorne are a leading manufacturer of high quality, innovative wireless nurse call systems – Stand 110

Dart Valley Systems have been producing leading automatic washroom technology for over 30 years, specialising in water saving technology for commercial washrooms.  Stand 325

Environmental Innovations specialise in water management, pollution, flood alarm, and blocked sewer detection. We are also market leaders in spill, and firewater mitigation products – Stand 220

Genesis monitors inventory levels in real-time and allows access to critical stock and patient level cost information via fully customizable Business Intelligence and Real Time Analytics reports. Stand 318

GRAHAM Environmental Services provide a wide range of specialist health and safety compliance services in the field of Water Hygiene, Water Treatment and Asbestos management. Stand 420

IGEL Technology Ltd are a World Leader in Managed Thin Client Solutions, providing a range of hardware universal desktop devices and software including unique management system and PC conversion software which enables the customer to convert an old PC into an IGEL thin client device in 5 minutes. Stand 120

Indigo Park Services are the market leaders in hospital parking management, we work with many hospital Trusts across the UK, & tailor our approach to focus on the Trust’s needs. Stand 327

Legionella Control Association – The LCA is the UK’s leading membership organisation for companies that provide services and products for the control of Legionella bacteria in water systems. Stand 415

Mayer Brown, established in 1988, provide the following professional services throughout their regional offices across the UK, Transport Planning, Infrastructure Design, Environmental Assessment. Stand 605

Ossatura is the fresh-thinking social enterprise behind the award-winning evolvable walking aid range. The evolvable walking aid provides independence and control to those with mobility impairments due to its innovative, low cost, modular design. Stand 604

Power Efficiency is a leading UK energy consultancy, founded in 1999, with a proven track record in helping clients improve their energy efficiency, reduce costs, and shrink their carbon footprint. Stand 117

PPL Training Ltd are a high quality, cost effective training company, providing Mechanical and Electrical Safe Systems of Work courses for Healthcare Estates personnel. Stand 504

Rada – A Kohler Company – we’re driven to design hand washing, showering and washroom water controls that play a vital role in helping to protect users from risks including scalding and potentially fatal waterborne bacteria such as Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Stand 400

Salix Finance is a non-profit organisation helping the NHS to tackle climate change and reduce their energy bills by providing interest-free loans to fund energy saving projects in England. Stand 608

Schneider Electric is the global leader in energy management and automation. We operate in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. Stand 228

Static Systems Group provides IP based nurse call systems and will showcase their Fusion-IP system, one of the most technically advanced healthcare communications systems available. Stand 322

Teal Task Force will be displaying our unique range of mobile handwash sink solutions for Hospitals. Stand 206

The Cumberland Initiative aims to address this challenge The Government has set the NHS to achieve efficiency savings on a scale never seen before by transforming the quality and cost of NHS care delivery through simulation, modelling and systems thinking. Stand 517

Trovex is a UK manufacturer offering high-performance hygienic wall cladding and ceiling systems; Hygidoor and Hygipod modular wash stations and door sets, and a full range of beautifully designed cubicle and laminate washroom products. Stand 406

Vanguard Healthcare is a pioneer of flexible healthcare delivery – supporting the NHS and private healthcare providers across the UK and Europe through the provision of innovative mobile and modular healthcare facilities. Stand 106

Veolia Water Technologies is a market leader in providing pure water solutions and services for “service critical” healthcare applications. Stand 115

Vista Landscape Studio is a dynamic and fresh landscape architect practice that prides itself on creating exciting and inspiring places for people. Stand 605

Water Management Society WMSoc is a not-for-profit membership organisation that provides practical training in water management related subjects, including Legionella and Pseudomonas control and prevention. Stand 415

ZetaSafe is the leading cloud solution to accurately and efficiently collect, manage and share health, safety, quality and environmental compliance task data. Stand 210

For a full list of exhibitors and up to date conference programme go to

Hear more about these, and other innovations and initiatives helping to streamline and improve NHS facilities and services from these and other exhibitors at Hospital Innovations 2016.

Hospital Innovations will offer visitors and delegates the chance to hear from and interact with leading trusts in the UK. Additionally our supporting organisations and sponsors will showcase new technologies and solutions.

Registration is open and attendance to the conference ‘free’ for the first *200 to register on each day. Full details can be found at

*200 Free places available for those employed by Acute NHS Trust, Care Home Organisation, Department of Health, Hospice, Hospital, Mental Health NHS Trust, NHS foundation Trust, Primary Care NHS Trust, Private Hospital, Strategic Health Authority.