Healthier Places: Guide to the NHSScotland Design Assessment Process (NDAP)

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The NHSScotland Design Assessment Process (NDAP) was introduced in 2010 as a means of helping Boards describe a clear path between the business objectives for a project and the necessary qualities of the building development. Project specific design standards (called a SCIM Design Statement) are developed pre-Initial Agreement (IA) and incorporated into the project’s governance. The process then provides assistance in checking the project is on target to meet these objectives and national standards for healthcare design and sustainability, providing comfort to decision-makers at key points.

NDAP is mandatory for all projects over the commissioning Board’s delegated authority. It requires formal reporting to be produced in the run up to each business case point (IA, OBC, and FBC/SBC), but we encourage client teams to discuss proposals during their development so that issues can be identified early and resolved prior to formal reporting. The staff at HFS and A&DS are here to help you at each step of the way.

The following information describes the aim of each stage of development and show how we can help you to get the most out of your project.

Click on the image below to be taken to the description of the NDAP process – we recommend that you view this in fullscreen mode:

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