Premises Assurance Model (PAM)
Our specialist teams can help provide consultancy support to organisations wishing to implement the Department of Health Premises Assurance Model (PAM). We see PAM as an effective management tool that provides NHS organisations with a method of assessing how safely and efficiently they run their estate and facilities services. It enables Trusts to provide assurance to Boards, patients, commissioners and regulators on the safety and suitability of estates and facilities where NHS services are provided.
AA Projects is able to provide advice and support in relation to the collation, storage and accessibility of your PAM assurance documentation. We will make recommendations based on the findings to help Boards, clinical leaders and Directors of Finance and Estates to make more informed decisions on the development of their estates and facilities services. The information will provide a method of prioritising investment decisions to raise standards in the most advantageous way and will be useful for commissioners for use during the commissioning process and regulators in identifying risks.
The tool provides a nationally consistent approach to evaluating NHS estates and facilities performance against a common set of questions and metrics. We are able to provide assistance and guidance to a range of NHS providers including Acute, Mental Health and Community Trusts.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) Assessments
At AA Projects, our team of health specialists can support you in undertaking Care Quality Commission (CQC) Assessments to ensure compliance with legal requirements. The CQC regularly inspects all health and social care providers to ensure the “Safety and Suitability of Premises” for users, visitors and workers at the facilities. An unsatisfactory inspection can lead to an improvement notice or possible closure.
The assessments that we undertake ensure that the facilities meet the regulator’s requirements. Providers need to demonstrate compliance by ensuring that the design and layout of the premises is suitable for carrying out the regulated activity, appropriate measures are in place to ensure adequate security, the premises and grounds are being adequately maintained and that there is compliance with any legal requirements relating to the facilities.
Our experienced assessors are able to make recommendations for improvements and give peace of mind that your organisation is meeting its responsibilities.