The preparation of a technical estates review and report to inform and support the Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust in their preparation of an Estates Strategy. An original 6 facet survey was completed in 2006 and then updated in July 2009. The project involved a 6 facet survey of the main Birmingham Women's Hospital building (21,561m2) and a high-level physical condition survey of an additional Trust property (13,934m2). The physical condition survey results were analysed and reported upon by application of the DoH 'risk-based methodology for establishing and managing backlog'.
An agreed programme was established for access to all areas for carrying out the physical condition survey. A programme of interviews was arranged with clinical staff to consider the functional suitability, space utilisation and quality facets. The challenge was to carry out and complete the surveys without any disturbance to clinical activities and to be aware of and maintain patient respect, dignity and privacy. All surveys and interviews were completed without impacting upon the Trust's clinical activities. The information was provided as required to inform the Trust's strategic planning.