The NHS Estates Conference 2024

09:00 am
28 Feb, 2024
15 Hatfields Conference Centre

The NHS Estates Conference 2024

09:00 am
28 Feb, 2024
15 Hatfields Conference Centre

Delegates Registered

Job titles includes

Chief of Surgery Deputy Medical Director

Director of Estates & Facilities

Director of Operations

Head of Estates & Facilities Compliance

Head of Estates havering Essex and Kent

Head of Infection Prevention and Control Infection Prevention and Control Team

Organisations Involved

Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust

Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

The Hillingdon Hospital's NHS Foundation

NHS Kent and Medway ICB

Royal Wolverhampton trust

West Hertfordshire Teaching trust

The NHS Estates Conference 2024

The NHS Estates Conference 2024 is set to be a pivotal event that brings together healthcare leaders, facility directors and managers, industry experts, and policymakers to discuss strategies to improve the healthcare infrastructure within the NHS. With a focus on addressing critical challenges and seizing opportunities.

This conference is dedicated to delving into a variety of essential subjects pivotal in shaping the future of NHS estates. These topics encompass workforce dynamics, the new hospital program, addressing maintenance backlogs, and more.

The NHS Estates Conference 2024 promises to be a dynamic platform for learning, sharing, and shaping the future of healthcare infrastructure. Join us as we explore innovative solutions, exchange ideas, and collectively work towards building a more resilient, sustainable, and patient-centred healthcare environment.

Key Topics:

  1. NHS Estates Workforce Action Plan: Developing our workforce into the new generation of estates management people.

  2. New Hospital Programme: Exploring the latest advancements in hospital design, construction, and technology, and the innovative approaches to planning, designing, and commissioning state-of-the-art healthcare estates in the NHS.

  3. Sustainability and Net Zero Initiatives: The pressing need for sustainable healthcare practices and achieving net-zero emissions will take centre stage. Experts will share their experiences in integrating environmentally friendly practices into healthcare estates, reducing energy consumption, and implementing carbon-neutral initiatives.

  4. Capital Investment Strategies: A critical aspect of healthcare infrastructure development, discussions on capital investment will delve into funding mechanisms, financial models, and partnerships that drive the expansion and modernization of NHS.

  5. Tackling Maintenance Backlog: Addressing the challenge of maintenance backlog will be a key theme, focusing on strategies to effectively manage and reduce backlog while ensuring uninterrupted patient care.

  6. Partnering with Integrated Care Systems (ICS): The collaboration between healthcare estates and Integrated Care Systems (ICS) can drive infrastructure strategies that align with the broader healthcare goals of the region, leading to enhanced patient care and outcomes.

The NHS Estates Conference 2024 Key Subjects

  • NHS Estates Workforce Action Plan
  • New Hospital Programme
  • Sustainability and Net Zero Initiatives
  • Capital Investment Strategies
  • Tackling Maintenance Backlog
  • Partnering with Integrated Care Systems (ICS)

Who will Attend

  • Associate Directors of Estates & Facilities
  • Chair
  • Chief Executives
  • Clinical Directors/Leaders
  • Commercial Directors/Managers
  • Deputy Directors of Estates & IT
  • Directors/Heads of Estates & Capital
  • ProjectsDirectors/Heads of IT
  • Directors/Heads of Organisational Development
  • Director/Heads of Operations
  • Electrical Engineering Estates Managers
  • Energy Managers
  • Estates Compliance Managers
  • Head of Estates Compliance
  • Heads of Estates
  • Health & Safety Managers
  • Mechanical Engineering Estates Managers
  • Net Zero Managers
  • NHS Trust Directors and Senior Managers
  • Senior Estates Managers
  • Strategic Estates Advisors/managers
  • Sustainability Managers

Your Pass Includes....

  • Multiple live keynote presentations
  • Live examples of both NHS and Commercial best practice
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments included 
  • Meet the supplier sessions.
  • Networking opportunity
  • Live Q&A sessions with all speakers on the day
  • Drinks receptions (subject to event)
  • CPD accreditation
  • Prize draws

Sponsors & Partners

The Agenda





Chairs Opening Address - Rob Jepson, Group Director of Estates and Facilities, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Provisionally Confirmed)

Chairs Opening Address - Rob Jepson, Group Director of Estates and Facilities, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Provisionally Confirmed)


Keynote presentation - New Hospital Programme (Confirmed)

Mr Saurabh Bhandari
Programme Director, New Hospital Programme
NHS England

Within this presentation, we will look into the New Hospital Program and the plans put in place to deliver major healthcare projects in England through world-class healthcare facilities that incorporate innovation and collaboration.


Panel Discussion - NHS Estates and Facilities workforce action plan

Professor Em Wilkinson-Brice, Registered Nurse, FCIPD, MSc
National Director for People
NHS England
Nick Hulme
Chief Executive
East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust

The NHS Estates & Facilities Workforce Panel Discussion focuses on strengthening the workforce responsible for NHS infrastructure management. Experts will explore recruitment, training, tech integration, safety, sustainability, collaboration, and future readiness.

Key Points:

  • Workforce Resourcing & Development
  • Technology Integration
  • Health & Safety Compliance
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Collaboration & Communication
  • Future Trends & Preparedness
  • Patient-Centric Environments
  • Funding & Investment


  • Em Wilkinson Brice, Acting Chief People Officer for the NHS (Confirmed)
  • Lucy Rowe, Young Persons & Diversity Manager, National Estates and Facilities (Invited)
  • Nick Hulme, Chief Executive. Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals (Confirmed)
  • Matthew Smith, Associate Director of operational Estates and Engineering, University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust (Provisionally Confirmed)
  • Hazel Smith, Director of Education Funding, NHS England (Invited)


Main Sponsor

Main Sponsor


Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel


Morning Break & Networking

Morning Break & Networking


Chairs Morning Reflection - Rob Jepson, Group Director of Estates and Facilities, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Provisionally Confirmed)

Chairs Morning Reflection - Rob Jepson, Group Director of Estates and Facilities, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Provisionally Confirmed)


Case Study - Reimagining Exterior Lighting: Product circularity and finance on a journey to net zero

Matt Murray
Sales & Marketing Director
CU Phosco Lighting
Paul Carter
Technical Manager
CU Phosco Lighting

Case Study - CU Phosco Lighting

In a world where lighting efficiency is ever more important, as well as products that are built to last or can be reused or repurposed, Matt and Paul will take the audience through the technical and commercial opportunities that are available for estates management professionals.  Matt and Paul will address the steps needed, and options available, to support your journey to net zero.


Case Study - Liftango

Case Study - Liftango


Keynote Presentation - Janet Smith, Head of Sustainability, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust (Confirmed)

Janet Smith
Head of Sustainability
Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Solar Farm Project at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Within this presentation, we will discuss the installation of more than 16,000 electricity-generating solar panels, that have been installed at a new city solar farm to help power the whole of New Cross Hospital and save 1,450 tonnes of carbon a year.

As well as discussing the challenges faced by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, to prepare the brownfield site, which is more than 40 acres – the size of 22 football pitches.


Case Study

Case Study


Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel


Lunch & Networking

Lunch & Networking


Chairs Afternoon Address - Rob Jepson, Group Director of Estates and Facilities, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Provisionally Confirmed)

Chairs Afternoon Address - Rob Jepson, Group Director of Estates and Facilities, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Provisionally Confirmed)


Case Study

Case Study


Keynote Presentation - Leveraging the NHS estate to deliver social value (Confirmed)

Becky Jones
Social Value Specialist

For the past decade, the Social Value Act has given public authorities a legal responsibility to contribute to the social, environmental and economic sustainability of their communities, and society as a whole.

The need to adhere to recent legislative shifts in procurement, combined with the NHS’s ambition to become the world’s first net zero health system, has placed social value high on the list of ‘must dos’ for those working in and with health and care systems.

In this session, Becky will focus on the integral role that estates can play in a partnership approach to social value including:

  • The opportunity of using the NHS estate to fully enable integration of Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) organisations
  • Balancing the need to bring in revenue against operating more sustainably
  • Carbon currency and how the estate is key to delivering this.


Case Study

Case Study


Keynote Presentation - Delivering a Neighbourhood Hub in York (Confirmed)

Karina Dare
Primary Care Estates Strategy Lead
NHS Property Services Ltd

This project demonstrates delivery of some of the key recommendations of the Fuller Report from an estates perspective.

NHS Property Services partnered with ICB, GP Federation, PCNs, Acute and Mental Health Trusts to reuse underutilised healthcare space and to support creation of a neighbourhood hub.

The facilities benefit 22,000 patients who will receive an enhanced range of services near to where they live. Social prescribing and the community café is being used by a wide range of services and charities and allows local people to create support networks and potentially reduce loneliness and social isolation.

The range of services offered continues to expand and a second site development is now being considered.

Key Learning Points:

  1. Strategic Engagement and Agreement - Agreeing a joint strategic objective at the beginning and Senior engagement and leadership at CCG/ICB, Provider and NHSPS
  2. Neighbourhood Services – development of facilities for local services, re-use of existing assets, system collaboration
  3. Effective Communication - Good communication maintained throughout the development and delivery phase.
  4. Partnering - Trust between teams meant an acceptance of some risk and ability to proceed with construction and this resulted in earlier delivery.
  5. Using scarce capital – Minimising capital costs, using proceeds from NHSPS disposals.


Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel


Hot Buffet Food, Drinks and Netwroking

Hot Buffet Food, Drinks and Netwroking


End of day

End of day


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