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A Critical Time for Facilities Managers in Healthcare

A Critical Time for Facilities Managers in Healthcare

28 October 2020

With ever-changing regulations and standards, Facilities Managers in Healthcare are under more and more pressure than ever before to ensure they and their teams are ready for anything.

As the sector continues to evolve and technology marches on at an astonishing rate we looked at how training needs to evolve to help both the management of these facilities and the team serving them and how training can help ensure the training challenge is met and that the pipeline of talent is created to prevent issues arriving in these specialist sectors.

What are the biggest challenges regarding training facing Facilities Managers?

Managing the myriad of responsibilities and ensuring teams are trained across all these specialist disciplines is crucial. The biggest issue can be time for the training especially as maintaining systems can take up so much of it. The training needs of healthcare sites can also be particularly complex; multi-sites with multi utilities across all these sites can make training difficult from a logistics point especially.

Solutions and Future Proofing - not just training for now

Steve Metcalfe, Estates Officer, Scarborough Hospital, said: “We’ve worked with Develop Training for a couple of years now and as an extremely busy manager juggling lots of responsibilities having Develop as our training provider has simplified the whole process - they offer all the utility training we need so it’s one supplier for all our needs which saves me so much time. They also work with us to future proof our workforce ensuring we are not only fit for purpose but ahead of the game and aware of new legislations and training needs this may bring. 

As they have centre’s up and down the country it doesn’t matter where our staff are based as they will have a local training centre they can attend – that’s definitely an advantage too as all our staff are trained to the same high standards in the same methods, usually by the same people! It is now an area I can actually enjoy being involved in and seeing the results speaks volumes."

Healthcare is a complex and extremely demanding sector

Viktors Nikolajevs, Group Training Manager, Develop Training said: “The Healthcare sector is not only complex but extremely demanding as all areas of utilities have to be working at 100%, 100% of the time, so maintenance is critical to the smooth running and training is a crucial part of that.

Our trainers have worked in this unique sector themselves so understand first hand the very special requirements and problems facilities managers face. We develop programmes with the sector - for the sector, and continually evolve and ensure they are relevant and fit for purpose whilst keeping an eye on the future needs too.”

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