The Joint Venture Knowledge Forum (JVKF) was formed to support the process of knowledge building across the 3 Ryhurst partnership companies.

  • Red Rose Corporate Services
  • Villicare
  • Wight Life Partnership

The forum is chaired by the Ryhurst Development Director and attendees include the JV company General Managers (GM’s) as well as subject matter experts from within Ryhurst, the Rydon Group of Companies and external specialists where appropriate.

The first agenda item at every JVKF is bringing each other ‘up to date’. Yes, it is an opportunity for each of the GM’s to talk about the most recent projects and activities underway within their partnership company.

More importantly, it is a real opportunity for GM’s to share their experience – good or bad – and to support each other when a little help might be needed.

In ‘talking’ the GM’s are able to share lessons learnt such as the best performance metrics to use, the right methodology for a particular type of project, the most inclusive approach when engaging with the community.

Each of Ryhurst’s Strategic Estate Partnerships (SEP) is different . Each was procured for a different purpose and each with unique aims and objectives. Even the aspects that are ‘the same’ are indeed different. For example;

  • The New Project Approval Process (NPAP) forms part of the contractual documentation in each SEP. The NPAP has evolved since our first SEP was established in 2010 and we expect this to continue, allowing new SEPs to develop in line with the market.
  • The Partners Fee Methodology forms part of the commercial offer of each SEP. Fees are similar but subject to inflation uplift, disbursements and Trust Standing Financial Instructions (SFI’s) and Governance Arrangements.

It is important to recognise that not everything shared or learned is relevant to every SEP. The JVKF is an investment in knowledge management to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the JV’s together with driving innovation and retaining knowledge.

Capturing knowledge through the forum helps to deliver better outcomes for the partnering Trust.

Understanding ‘what works’ enables the JV companies to improve services and processes to deliver better results, faster and smarter.

It doesn’t stop at processes, lessons learned help avoid a repeat of mistakes and increase savings.

Having grasped knowledge and experience from across the wider Ryhurst network organisations, the challenge for the GM is to assimilate this to the key business drivers of their JV.

The GM’s have shared a wide range of information and implemented some of this within their partnership plans. To date this includes:

  • Real time costing and programme information on new build projects
  • User engagement process
  • Supply chain performance
  • Benchmarking Estates and FM service costs
  • Land Disposal programme, timetable and process of securing contracted sale
  • Real time costing and programme information on new build projects
  • Business Plan format and content development
  • JV activities tracker for NHS Trusts
  • Technology assessment
  • Vanguard and commissioners’ Local Estates Strategy input
  • Reduced procurement cost (combined process to optimise discounted rate)
  • Asset performance database
  • Shared opportunities / skills optimisation (one JV provides a service to another)
  • Analysis of Lord Carter metrics
  • Working with local GP’s