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Scottish health sector experts show collaborative thinking at seminar

29-Sep-2011

Leading healthcare consultants Currie & Brown, Keppie Design and Ramboll joined forces this week to present a seminar held in Glasgow entitled 'Building a Healthier Scotland'.

Attended by influential figures and decision makers from Scotlandís health sector, keynote speeches were delivered by Alex Neil MSP, Minister for Infrastructure and Capital Investment and Scotlandís Chief Medical Officer, Sir Harry Burns.

Question and answer sessions addressed some of the most important issues involving healthcare infrastructure and investment in Scotland, including procurement, project planning as well as building issues such as the importance of good architectural design, on patient recovery times.

Graham McCorkindale, health and wellbeing director at Keppie, said: "We were delighted to be part of 'Building a Healthier Scotland' along with our partners. The event was extremely well attended and shed light on the burning issues affecting the sector in Scotland today. Healthcare design has become an increasingly important part of our service offering and we have built strong credentials in this area with projects such as Forth Valley Hospital and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary".

Jim Hackett, director at Currie & Brown, said: "There were some definite key themes that emerged from the seminar showing that going forward a clear emphasis is required on joint working and shared services, along with planning and asset management. These are the current issues that need to be managed by NHSScotland and its partners.

"At a time when financial pressures are greater than ever, this event provided a valuable opportunity to share ideas and find creative solutions to the issues affecting the health service in Scotland".

Steven Bentley, director at Ramboll, added: "We were pleased to be involved in such a well-received event and look forward to working with Currie & Brown and Keppie to deliver similar events in the future. The need to get the most from existing built assets was a recurring theme throughout the day and it was an important and timely event to promote design tools such as building information modelling, and laser aided modelling - both of which benefit clients in managing their estates more effectively".

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