Conventional wisdom holds that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and there is no doubt that Covid-19 has forced a degree of innovation into public services, particularly primary care.
Health Building Note (HBN 11
The definitive guide to the specification requirements of NHS surgeries is being revised. The Forum membership has been invited by NHS England to comment on the revisions. Members can login to see the draft amendments.
NHS Resolution strengthen their procedures
NHS Resolution have strengthened their procedural requirements for parties and their advisers submitting cases to them for dispute resolution. This is of particular importance to valuers acting on behalf of GPs appealing against their Notional Rent reimbursement or District Valuers representing the NHS in defending such appeals. Click here to read the full article.
DV/VOA property inspections update statement – 7th August 2020
“We have restarted property inspections for domestic and non-domestic properties. We will only carry out a physical inspection if it is safe to do so and we cannot gather the information we need electronically. We will contact customers beforehand to run through a risk assessment and ensure the inspection is carried out as safely as possible for our customers and the inspector. We will also follow social distancing guidelines and other safety measures throughout the appointment.” Click here to read article
PCPF Members continue to follow HMG/RICS Guidance re Covid-19 and site visits
Following guidance provided from RICS and HMG, in regard to preparing for, and protecting all concerned from, the risk of infection by Covid-19 coronavirus, the PCPF has drafted risk assessment advice for its members consideration prior to undertaking site visits within the healthcare sector. Members can login to read the full article
The NHS has issued advice in respect of DV services
Surveyor and valuer members may be able to provide full valuations under the Red Book using the new relaxed guidance issued by the RICS. This allows a surveyor to base a valuation on a virtual inspection which could mean all of or a combination of a recent sales brochure, a building survey, video tour or previous inspection report on the property. If the valuer/surveyor does not feel they have sufficient information on the internal elements of the property they will delay or decline as appropriate until an inspection can be safely completed as advised above. Click here to read article