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Phil Smith joins DQI as Non Executive Adviser

Posted: 18th May 2021

CIC has appointed former NHS Strategic Estates Advisor Phil Smith as Non Executive Adviser for the Design Quality Indicator for Health (DQIfH) section of the Design Quality Indicator Tool (DQI). Phil is pivotal in continuing to help facilitate robust working relations between CIC and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI).

The DQI was developed over 20 years ago and helps clients and technical teams to optimise the design, functionality, performance and sustainability of new building and refurbishment projects. It actively involves end users in the design process. In recent years the DQI has been used extensively in the health and education sectors.

The DQI for Health has been developed as a design quality evaluation tool for all types of healthcare projects. This specific health assessment builds on the solid foundations of DQI and includes important topics such as sustainability and patient safety and updated in recent years with collaboration with the UK Department of Health and piloted with NHS England.

Phil, who has over 40 years experience working with the NHS, has led significant estate reviews nationally and will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new position within DQI. We look forward to working with him to continue to forge stronger links with NHSEI and the DQIfH

Phil Smith says of the appointment: “I welcome this opportunity to continue in the development and use of DQI for Health and supporting the CIC facilitators, NHS design appraisal teams and their key stakeholders in streamlining the project design and construction process and increasing both NHS provider and commissioner confidence that major investment in new healthcare buildings will benefit from sharing evidence based best practice and increase reliability, flexibility and adaptability of the NHS estate well into the future.”

CIC Chairman Stephen Hodder welcomed Phil’s appointment saying: “We are delighted to welcome Phil in his new appointment as Non Executive Adviser; this is a pivotal role which will help strengthen the relationship between DQI and the healthcare sector. Phil brings a wealth of experience which will be invaluable for DQI continuing its effective association with the NHS and Department for Health.”

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