COMMENT IHEEM President sets out his goals and priorities


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This issue of HEJ includes an interview with IHEEM’s new President, Paul Fenton (pages 13- 18), who, in his ‘day job’, is Director of Estates and Facilities at East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), and whose varied and interesting career began with an apprenticeship with the then regional electricity supplier and contractor, Eastern Electricity, in the early 1980s. He reflects on some of the key challenges and achievements – he received an MBE in the 2021 New Year Honour’s list for services to the NHS, but says that being chosen to receive it is as much about the dedication, hard work, and commitment, of the entire healthcare estates profession over the past 10-11 months, as it is a mark of his own efforts. Among his key priorities as President, he explains, will be further strengthening IHEEM’s existing excellent working partnership with HEFMA, and facilitating the two organisations’ close working with the National NHSE/NHSI Estates and Facilities team – both to support the estates community in managing the continuing response to COVID-19, and to ensure that key messages ‘from the centre’ are effectively disseminated.

Next month (on 16 March – see page 9) – very much in this vein – and as part of its Digital Programme 2021, IHEEM, in collaboration with the national NHS Estates team, will present the


Clamp-on measuring systems’ key oxygen management role

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Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, NHS hospitals have experienced significant concerns around oxygen flow limitations to increased bed capacity in critical ICU wards using high demand devices such as ventilators. The unprecedented O2

instantaneous usage in each hospital ward, along with total site usage, providing effective management of critical O2

within demand

has led to a serious concern that existing oxygen systems are vulnerable to overloading due to the increased flow rate. Due to these concerns, and the limitations of the existing VIE (Vacuum Insulated Evaporator) systems in indicating real-time demand, NHS Trusts have seen the importance of installing their own real-time O2

delivery pipework without any critical system outages. O2

the known limits of the oxygen system. Since March last year, FLEXIM has supplied more than 100 flowmeters to hospitals across the UK and Ireland. Along with medical gas metering, FLEXIM also provides clamp-on energy metering of heated or chilled water flows, delivered in kW usage, along with clamp-on steam metering

flow demand measuring systems. Thankfully, explains FLEXIM Instruments UK, a solution is easily retrofittable to existing copper O2

flowmeters from FLEXIM

are simply clamped onto existing copper pipework, and introduce no new leak paths or pipe tapping points which could harbour health-threatening microorganisms. Once integrated into local MGPS or BMS systems, the O2

flow data from the FLEXIM meters provides

solutions for boiler and CHP optimisation and as part of your ESOS audit campaign. Along with portable check metering, FLEXIM’s solutions are easily fitted during plant operations without any need for supply outages. FLEXIM Instruments UK Theatre Court London Road Northwich

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‘NHS England & NHS Improvement Estates Forum’ webinar forum, comprising a number of live sessions and presentations, with speakers including Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession, NHSE/NHSI, and other senior representatives from NHSE/NHSI. It is also hoped that a Minister from the Department of Health & Social Care may be able to join. As he explained to me during an interesting hour-long discussion, Paul Fenton is keen, during his two-year Presidency, to further take forward the Institute’s ‘Five Key Themes’, but with a particular focus on taking healthcare engineering into schools through the STEM agenda, working to ensure IHEEM is seen as a source of knowledge and expertise in the planning and design of healthcare premises, including via input into to the further development of technical guidance and standardisation, and affording increased attention to the estates and facilities management side of the profession – the ‘EM’ in IHEEM. It is both an interesting and a challenging time to become President, but it is clear he relishes his work, places much value in the profession and those who work in it, and is honoured to be taking up the role.

Jonathan Baillie I Editor

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