engagement at Board level, and start getting everyone speaking the same language, and making the change to an asset management approach across healthcare estates a reality.

“The value of an Asset Manager comes from providing the link between the engineering and the financial worlds, i.e. putting engineering language into the language of the Finance Director, so the business case for a capital investment is understood, along with its consequences and outcomes. This ‘common language’ ensures that everyone is on the same page.

“We look forward to working with IHEEM at an exciting time in the growing world of asset management, and, equally, to opening up a new career path for individuals.”

About the Asset Management e-learning Courses

‘Interactive and engaging’, with end-of- course assessments, the ‘AM’ e-learning courses can be accessed from any internet-connected device – ‘anywhere, any time’. Each has been rigorously tested and industry approved, externally validated, and fully accredited, carries CPD points, and is endorsed by the Institute of Asset Management (IAM). The courses map onto the requirements of the International Standard for AM, ISO 55000, and the syllabus of two of the IAM’s exams – AM Foundation Knowledge Test and AM Certificate. The e-learning being offered through the IHEEM’s Learning Hub is as follows:

The Asset Management Foundation Award Course, including: n Three modules + reading text + Knowledge test.

n Approximately five hours of learning time.

On successful completion, participants receive: five CPD credits, and the Institute of Asset Management’s AM Foundation Award.

The Asset Management Certificate Course, including: n 14 modules + recommended reading. n Approximately 25 hours of learning time.

On successful completion, participants receive: 25 CPD credits, and the option to take the Institute of Asset Management’s AM Certificate Exam Award.

n Further information, and the booking form, are available via the IHEEM website at: learning-hub/training-courses/asset- management-certificate-course-online/, email, or tel: 02392 823 186.

8 Health Estate Journal February 2021

Sharing ‘early key messages’ across the EFM community

The NHS England and NHS Improvement National Estates Team, along with both IHEEM and HEFMA, continue to work closely together. These close working relations are being harnessed further as we all continue to support the estates community in managing the continued response to COVID-19. This is both to ensure that NHS estates and facilities services continue to support patient care during these unprecedented times, as well as doing all we can to maintain the mental health and wellbeing of our estates profession.

Therefore, beginning last month, both organisations will publish weekly updates from the National Estates team via their websites, social media, and direct emails. This will ensure that during the current challenging times all personal and affiliate members are provided with weekly national updates on the key areas affecting EFM healthcare services. The updates will also share early key messages about non-COVID-19 matters, and how members of the profession can get involved in various initiatives, as well as publicising areas of best practice and case studies.

Pete Sellars, Chief Executive of IHEEM, said: “The Institute is pleased to support the National Estates Team and work alongside HEFMA in a co-ordinated way to disseminate national key messages to our respective memberships. It is vital that we work together as one voice to share knowledge, ideas, and experiences for the benefit of our members, not just during this current demanding time, but in the longer-term.”

Jonathan Stewart, National Chairman of HEFMA, added: “I am confident that our profession will continue to meet the demands of the second wave of COVID- 19 and, like IHEEM, HEFMA is committed to supporting our members and ensuring consistency of message, particularly from

Pete Sellars.

a national perspective. This approach will continue to be of benefit to our members as part of the ‘new normal’ as we share messages and information from the NHS Estates team in the future.” The link to the newsletter can be found at

Jonathan Stewart. IHEEM oxygen capacity tool now ‘live’

The IHEEM COVID-19 oxygen capacity usage tool is now live within the Institute’s Knowledge Portal, and accessible via the link below. This assessment tool is designed to allow for analysis of a hospital’s current piped oxygen capability based on a series of guideline assumptions. The tool allows the user to create a custom care plan and assess the resultant capability of the hospital to deliver the levels required. You must register as a new user first to be able to save your plans. You can access the tool here:

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