As the originators of the Strategic Estates Partnership (SEP) model, Ryhurst has been at the forefront of delivering estates related savings and efficiencies through these long-term arrangements on behalf of NHS Trusts since 2010.

The SEP model was developed to help the NHS and other healthcare organisations to better utilise its estate, improve the patient experience through provision of quality buildings and provide the best possible value to the taxpayer.

Forming a partnership with Ryhurst helps NHS and Healthcare organisations generate revenue, reduce cost, access capital to invest in new schemes, improve technology, services or infrastructure, and bring new talent, expertise and ideas into the system.

We provide critical constructive challenge to ideas to ensure our partner is getting the most from their investment and resource.

A Strategic Estates Partnership is a long-term arrangement in which both Ryhurst and its public sector partner share skills and expertise to deliver an estate that aligns with the organisation’s aims and improves the healthcare environment for patients, staff and the public.

SEPs can save NHS and healthcare organisations money in the long term by driving down costs, increasing knowledge and improving efficiency. Services can often be delivered at a lower cost and higher quality if designed and delivered with an external partner. This can be because of economies of scale that facilitate cheaper purchasing, the better utilisation of staff, or because good outcome-based arrangements drive appropriate value-based behaviours.

Where organisations collaborate, the product of that partnership can go to market and be sold to third parties, generating income for both partners.

  • An equal partnership that ensures the NHS or healthcare partner retains control and influence over decision making within the SEP
  • It is long-term, non-exclusive and carries no fixed supply chain to demonstrate value for money and use the most appropriate specialists for each project
  • Provide a strategy for the whole healthcare estate to release revenue and reduce costs through efficient estates use and management
  • Provides equitable approach to risk and reward for both parties
  • Add value to deliver financial gain for our partner
  • Provide complementary or additional resource

Organisations will put in place successful partnerships by:

  • Basing them on outcomes. Avoid input-driven situations where the ‘buyer’ believes they know the answer to their problem and tenders in a restrictive way for this solution only.
  • Setting realistic goals. Partnerships succeed where both partners set realistic expectations of success
  • Being open to new ideas.  A partnership is only required if there is a mutual recognition that a new approach and innovation is required. 
  • Educating stakeholders and disseminating objectives. Partnerships will only succeed if stakeholders within both organisations are on board and clear on the rationale and business case for entering into the partnership.
  • Explaining the benefits to staff and stakeholders.  Take time to help staff, unions and the wider community (including patient groups, local politicians and the media) understand the objectives and reasons for a partnership.
  • Truly understanding shared risks. Both organisations must share responsibility for success and crucially, both parties must have a similar attitude to, and understanding of, risk and reward.