Client: Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Contract duration: 15 years with option to extend by a further 5 years
Wight Life Partnership (WLP) was the first Strategic Estate Partnership (SEP) between a non-Foundation Trust and a private sector partner. Established in November 2014, the agreement between Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Ryhurst Limited was considered ‘ground-breaking’.
Ensuring that NHS Improvement was on board with the partnership agreement means that the Trust was supported on their journey to improving the estate and facilities they provide for their patients.
The Trust had a clear objective for the partnership from the outset “By working in partnership, we will look to make the best use of our estate to support high quality clinical services that meet the needs of the Island communities we serve”
By building a strong, collaborative and flexible relationship supported by strong leadership, both the Trust and Ryhurst made the commitment to build the partnership around Ryhurst’s four partnership principles:
Wight Life Partnership was established to deliver a long term estates solution through a variety of initiatives, the aims of which are:
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is unique within the NHS as it is the only full service integrated Trust including acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider service in England. As an integrated island based health economy, it is important to understand the numerous and varied stakeholders who work with the Trust.
A key role of the partnership is to ensure that the healthcare infrastructure reflects the needs of the Trust and its community. It’s not just about building new facilities; it is about getting the most out of existing facilities too.
The delivery plan to rationalise the estate ensures that quality environments are provided for the delivery of care by refitting or disposing of buildings that are not fit for purpose in order to make the best use of all public sector property available.
Since its formation in 2014, WLP has: