In 2013, the first NHS Premises Assurance Model (NHS PAM) was published. Since then, the model has been regularly updated by the Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS.
The latest version has been updated to reflect feedback from users and the working group, the NHS Constitution and changes in policy, strategy, technology and regulation. These updates ensure the model is as useful and effective as possible for trusts.
Functions and benefits of the model include:
- the ability to demonstrate to patients, commissioners and regulators that robust systems are in place and to provide assurance that the premises and associated services are safe;
- helps trusts prioritise investment decisions in order to raise standards in the most advantageous way; and
- the ability to measure compliance against legislation and guidance across the whole NHS.
Trusts should now adopt the latest version of the PAM.