HSJ Efficiency Awards 2012 Finalists

Mon 25th Jun 2012

Ryhurst and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT) have been shortlisted for an award in the Efficiency in Estates Management category at the prestigious HSJ Efficiency Awards 2012.

Ryhurst’s unique whole estates joint venture partnership (JVP) with LCFT has led the way with innovative solutions to estates and facilities management and has helped the Trust to achieve vital savings.

The first of its type in the NHS in England, Ryhurst and LCFT are equal shareholders in Red Rose Corporate Services LLP which an independent company  with the aim of ensuring the delivery of the full spectrum of estates services and asset productivity. The partnership covers the Trust’s entire estate which spans Lancashire County’s 1,189 square miles and population of around 1.5 million.

The NHS is going through one of the most radical and controversial changes in its history by committing to make £20bn of efficiency savings by 2015. The JVP has been charged with achieving savings of at least £4m on Estates and Facilities Management (EFM) at LCFT by reducing baseline spend by 5% in years 1-3. By better use of estate resources, renegotiating contracts and sourcing innovative funding solutions we are on target to achieve this.  To demonstrate this, Ryhurst’s JVP with LCFT has, in the first 15 months of the partnership, achieved;

  •  Savings of £1.2m in Facilities Management (FM) costs, through undertaking a review of Hard and Soft FM services resulting in full market testing and renegotiation of contracts;
  • Reduced consultancy costs by 50%, by reviewing costs and undertaking work with in-house resource;
  • Saved £80m in capital funding costs long term with the potential for future capital schemes to be managed at reduced costs;
  • Implementation of a 20% efficiency programme that over 5 years will equate to a £5.4m cost reduction;
  • The completion of the Daisyfield Mill space utilisation project is expected to generate over 50% more space for LCFT’s Adult and Child Mental Health clinical teams based on the ground and first floors of this four storey grade II listed former corn mill;
  • Capacity at Trust HQ (Sceptre Point) has increased by 40% overall, and a number of other Trust administrative and clinical facilities are in the early stages of design and delivery.  Space Utilisation has enabled the Trust to avoid acquiring new facilities to accommodate the increase in staff numbers;
  • Utilising Bio-fuel to fuel Trust vehicles on its largest site;
  • Solar panels installed on Low Secure Unit;
  • Development of a Conservation Group in order to encourage more wildlife on the Trust’sGuildParksite.  The Conservation Group has worked with different local organisations including the RSPB, Bat Conservation Trust, Wildlife Trust and the Lancashire Bee Keepers Association.  At the same time the group has partnered with the Tarnbrook Vocational Training Centre, which is based on theGuildParksite and offers service users the opportunity to learn new skills such as woodwork.  This has been an ideal partnership which has not only allowed service users to create a variety of nesting boxes for bats, birds, owls and hedgehogs, but has also benefited the staff and patients that use the site.

Stephen Collinson, Business Development Director for Ryhurst and Steve Jameson, Property Services Director for LCFT will be presenting Ryhurst’s entry to HSJ’s panel of judges and to demonstrate how the partnership with Lancashire Care NHS foundation Trust works.

 The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 25th September 2012.


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