This programme was established in 2013 and replaced the former Patient Environment Assessment Team (PEAT) programme which had run since 2000.
PLACE is a voluntary self-assessment programme and is undertaken mostly by hospitals and hospices providing NHS-funded care in both the NHS and private / independent sectors, but other healthcare organisations are encouraged and supported to participate.
PLACE assessments are an annual appraisal of the non-clinical aspects of NHS and independent/private healthcare settings, undertaken by teams comprising members of the public (‘patient assessors’) and staff, with patient assessors making up at least 50 per cent of the team. The PLACE programme provides a framework for marking quality against common guidelines and standards to assess aspects of the healthcare environment, from the patients’ point of view:
-The physical condition and appearance of the environment and its fixtures and fittings;
-The standard and of food and hydration provision;
-How the care delivery supports users’ privacy and dignity;
-Whether the premises meet the needs of users with dementia;
-Whether the premises meet the needs of users with a disability.
See more information about the PLACE programme.
Data from the PLACE collection is published on the NHS Digital website.