Achieving Excellence Design Evaluation Toolkit AEDET

In the United Kingdom, the NHS Estates Centre of Healthcare Architecture and Design developed a toolkit for evaluating the design of healthcare buildings from initial proposals through to post-project evaluation. The toolkit aims to help make better decisions. It provides support for developing design specifications and evaluating and assessing the design of healthcare building proposals. It may help to develop a national benchmarking system of design quality for healthcare buildings. The set of design evaluation criteria have been synthesised from a

Figure 6.12 Ten criteria of the Achieving Excellence Design Evaluation Toolkit.

number of sources, which include The Patient Journey Model, Better By Design, the NHS Design Quality Portfolio technical and user criteria, the PFI Design Development Protocol and the Model Design Quality Specification. Figure 6.12 shows the basic framework and criteria.

The toolkit is to be used at various key stages in the design development process and to support the non-financial assessments required in business cases. The toolkit comprises a series of key questions supported by lists of related issues that need to be considered. The questions are answered by entering a numerical score (between 1 and 6) into an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet automatically averages out the answers in each of the 10 sections and enters them in a table and a radar chart: the 'Design Evaluation Profile' (Fig. 6.13).

In the Netherlands the College BouwZiekenhuisvoorzieningen [College for Building Healthcare Facilities] also uses the AEDET toolkit. This governmental organisation is responsible for cost and quality assessments of healthcare buildings. The AEDET questionnaires have been slightly adapted. The average value of all 10 items of AEDET are included in a Quality Index (QIND), together with a test on cost standards and policy issues, flexibility, sustainability and future value (College Bouw Ziekenhuisvoorzieningen, 2003).

BUILD STANDARD

USES FUNCTIONALITY

PERFORMAI

ENGINEER

USES FUNCTIONALITY

PERFORMAI

ENGINEER

INTERNAL ENVIRONMENT

(PATIENTS & STAFF) IMPACT

Figure 6.13 A radar chart with a Design Evaluation Profile. The example shows notional scores. Source: www.chad.nhsestates.gov.uk

CHARACTER

AND INNOVATION

SPACES

INTERNAL ENVIRONMENT

(PATIENTS & STAFF) IMPACT

Figure 6.13 A radar chart with a Design Evaluation Profile. The example shows notional scores. Source: www.chad.nhsestates.gov.uk

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