PLACE Assessments

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Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) Assessments

In April 2013, the NHS introduced the PLACE assessment, which is the new system for assessing the quality of the patient environment. PLACE is based on a visual assessment.

This new system replaces the former Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) inspections. The assessments apply to all hospitals, hospices and day treatment centres providing NHS funded care.

The assessments involve local people going into hospitals as part of a team to assess how the environment supports a patient’s privacy and dignity, food, cleanliness and general building maintenance. It focuses entirely on the care environment but does not cover clinical care provision or how well staff are doing their job.

The assessments will take place every year, and results will be reported publicly to help drive improvements in the care environment. The results will show how hospitals are performing nationally and locally. You can find our most recent report in the left hand menu.