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

  • Red Rose Corporate Services
  • Villicare
  • Wight Life Partnership
  • Cambridgeshire Estates Partnership

The forum is chaired by the Ryhurst Operations 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.

Knowledge - Facts, information and skills acquired through experience or education; the theorectical or practical understanding of a subject. 
Forum - A meeting or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged. 

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

It also provides a real opportunity for GM’s to share their experience – good or bad – and to support each other when help might be needed.

GM’s are able to share lessons learned, 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.

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 JVs together with driving innovation and retaining knowledge.

Capturing knowledge and lessons learned through the forum helps to deliver better outcomes for the partnering Trust, improves services and processes, and avoids a repeat of mistakes, increases savings opportunities and the delivery of better results.

Seizing 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 partnership.

Knowledge Management - The process of capturing, developing, sharing and effectively using organisational knowledge Efforts typically form an organisational objectives such as improved performance, competitive advantage, innovation, the sharing of lessons learned, integration and achieving continuous improvement of the organisation by making the best use of knowledge.

The GMs share a wide range of information and have 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
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) 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 GPs