Compliance Health Check
Meeting your property compliance obligations is a complex and onerous task, and we know this. How? Because not only has our team of in-house consultants been responsible for managing compliance at operational, strategic and executive levels within housing associations, ALMOS and local authorities. But also, our compliance experts have worked with over 250 housing organisations across the past ten years, helping to solve a range of issues across the ‘big six’ areas compliance (asbestos, electric, gas, fire, water and lifts).
It is the starting point for providers to place themselves on the roadmap to achieving complete compliance across the 'big six' areas, in addition to the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). The service provides you with a structured assessment to determine the extent of compliance risks and identify any gaps that need to be addressed. We check against statutory requirements and best practice, drawing on health and safety executive (HSE) guidance, codes of practice and industry guidelines.
Where Pennington Choices’ differs is that we do not just provide you with a list of issues. Instead, we work with you by providing practical solutions to ensure that you remain on course to obtain full compliance.
Our compliance experts can also tailor each service area covered in the health check to meet your specific needs.
If you are unsure of your organisations compliance position, feel that your compliance data is insufficient, or if you are facing regulatory scrutiny, then a Compliance Health Check is what you need to provide you with the appropriate insights and actions.
Similarly, if you are just wanting reassurance that your organisation is conducting itself in the right way, and that you are on track with your compliance obligations. Our Compliance Health Check will provide you with the necessary assurances to satisfy you, your tenants and the Regulator.
• Investigating any of the following disciplines (not limited to); electrical safety, gas safety, fire safety, asbestos, water hygiene and lifts (the 'big six' areas of compliance).
• Assessing the levels of compliance with statutory legislation and identify any breaches of compliance or non-conformity with codes of practice. The check also provides clear, practical and time-bound advice on how to rectify these areas.
• Provide the right approach to managing housing compliance so it reflects industry best practice.
• Ensuring that your organisations compliance strategies, policies, procedures and other supporting documents are ‘fit for purpose’ and are accessible to all of your relevant stakeholders.
• Checking that your staff, contractors and other partners are clear about their roles and responsibilities for managing compliance.
• Assessing your inspection regime to ensure that it allows you to proactively identify risks, and that actions are subsequently taken to eliminate, mitigate and/or manage the risks in an evidence based way.
• Ensuring that your compliance system for capturing and maintaining records of all appliances within stock owned by you is ‘fit for purpose’, including the date that they were last inspected and/or serviced, and the due date of the next inspection and/or service, and whether this can trusted as your ‘one version of the truth’.
• Checking that you have the relevant documentation and records to support your compliance activity, and that you can evidence that follow-on actions are completed and ‘closed down’.
• Ensuring that compliance is firmly on the agenda of the management and governance teams, so that reporting is viewed as a key priority across the organisation.
• Embedding compliance as a key component of your risk strategy, for example, helping you to produce an annual risk plan for the ‘big five’ including HHSRS, and carrying out independent audits of field work and desk top reviews of safety inspection certificates.
On average a Compliance Health Check will take between three-four weeks. This will include some days on site at your offices, report writing, interviewing staff, reviewing policies and more.
Our track record in undertaking Compliance Health Check reviews is unsurpassed. We have worked with organisations across a variety of sectors, and of different sizes. These include; Nugent Care, Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association, Industrial Dwellings Society, South Liverpool Homes and more.
Take a look at our latest case study to understand how we operate.
Get in touch:
For more information on our Compliance Health Check review, or to request a bespoke proposal for your organisation, get in touch with our Head of Consultancy, Sarah Davies, either by email or by calling 0800 883 0334.
Suzanne Wolfe - CEO, Industrial Dwellings Society
Glyn Cameron-Branthwaite - Building and Maintenance Manager, Edge Hill University
Professional Services Director
Professional Services Director
- International Certification of Enterprise Risk Management
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Joint Honours Degree – English, Literature and History
- Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)
- Management of Portfolios (MoP)
- PRINCE2 and DSDM Agile PM Practitioner
Sarah Davies is our Professional Services Director and has spent nearly two decades working with organisations across the public and not-for-profit sectors. Starting her career with the Audit Commission before moving into strategic leadership roles in Police, Fire and Social Housing; Sarah has substantial experience in Strategic Procurement, Value for Money and leading complex and large-scale business and digital transformational change programmes and operational services.
As Assistant Director of Business Improvement at a housing provider, Sarah introduced and embedded a new Enterprise Risk Management Approach and advised in the EU procurement of a new repairs service, including an emergency procurement. During her time as Head of Strategic Change for Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire & Rescue, Sarah was the Lead Officer for Digital and Organisation Transformation and Efficiency Programmes; delivering three major collaborations/ mergers with other organisations, including the development and implementation of a back-office shared service for UK Policing (using Oracle ERP technology).