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sINGLE BED WARD CONCEPT INSPIRED STUDENTS

22 June 2010

static Systems Group impressed young people attending the Big Bang Fair, depicting how a future single bed ward might look in UK hospitals.

The concept ward - inspired by the anticipated dramatic growth in single bed accommodation in UK hospitals - was displayed at the invitation of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) in conjunction with Engineering UK.

The Big Bang Fair was targeted at school leavers considering careers in science and engineering and Static Systems’ management representatives were delighted with the reaction of the young audience.

Sales and Marketing Director, Phil Wade said: “They rather liked our future ward, which was fitted out with the very latest technological innovations and ideas for the future. We got some great feedback and it helped them think about how hospitals may be changing to improve their patient care.”

The concept ward features the latest nurse call and bedhead services solutions along with some advanced concepts in ward design. These include: full connectivity of the bed to integrate nurse call, patient entertainment and ‘exit alarms’ particularly useful in the management of patient falls. These features, along with automatic nurse presence, low energy lighting and IP integration are intended to stimulate debate on how technology might be used to enhance the patient environment and assist in issues such as infection control and patient safety.

The stand at the Big Bang Fair is further evidence of Static Systems’ commitment to supporting education and training among young people. Static Systems offers structured engineering apprenticeship programs at the company’s Staffordshire headquarters. Around 15 percent of Static Systems’ current headcount of 340 people have completed apprenticeships at the company and 12 former apprentices are now part of the senior management team at Static Systems.

Others have roles in fields as diverse as sales, research and development, production, project management and quality assurance. Static Systems’ Manufacturing Director, Philip Marsh said: “For some intelligent and ambitious young people, modern engineering apprenticeships provide an appropriate and realistic route to a rewarding career.

The programs also allow them to train in a variety of roles requiring different skills giving them wider career choices. “The Big Bang Fair will have inspired many school leavers to explore careers in engineering and science, and that has to be a good thing for the future of engineering in the UK,” explained Mr. Marsh. The concept single bed ward is now installed at Static Systems’ headquarters in Wombourne, Staffordshire, and will be an invaluable resource for customers, visitors and others involved in hospital design, ward management and related issues.



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