CLIENT: Whittington Health
PROJECT DETAILS: Disability Access – Prioritising Capital Investment
NIFES ROLE: Consultant/Surveyor
Medical services have been delivered on the Whittington Hospital site since 1473. Whittington Health now provides general hospital and community services to 500,000 people living in north London boroughs following the merger of The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust with NHS Islington and NHS Haringey community health services in 2011.
The organisation also has a highly-regarded educational role, teaching more than 600 undergraduate medical students, nurses and therapists throughout the year, and providing a range of educational packages for postgraduate doctors and other healthcare professionals.
NIFES Consulting Group was commissioned again in 2014 to update and expand on estate information relating to disability access. This was a further in-depth assessment of the 6 Facet Property Appraisal survey undertaken previously and audited compliance with the Equality Act 2010.
This update included detailed site surveys, end-user consultation and documentation reviews. The scope of the audit addressed all disabilities, all access issues (see below) and a complete estate wide review of the main hospital site (40,000m2) and 15 Community premises.
NIFES Consulting Group completed the surveys and updates within an 8 week programme. The outputs from the review included:
- Block and Floor evaluations of each Element and Sub-Element
- Risk profile analysis
- Cost Plan over time (based on priority)
- Block by Block Cost Analysis
- Elemental Cost Breakdown
- Preparation of an Executive Summary Report
NIFES were commissioned to undertake disability access surveys of both the main hospital and community sites in 2014, so as to evaluate and prioritise capital investment.