Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has formed a 15 year strategic estates, Joint Venture partnership with estate and asset management specialist Ryhurst, following a seven-month tender process.
Throught the 50:50 joint venture now known as ‘Villicare LLP’ both parties will look at estate management services at CWP sites across the North West to ensure that the buildings and grounds are fully utilised and fit for purpose. The aim is to improve asset efficiency and help to identify any commercial opportunities.
After fending off 10 rival bidders, Ryhurst’s winning model for partnering with the NHS, STEP (Service Targeted Estates Partnership), has been developed to help the NHS better utilise its estate, improve the quality of buildings essential for clinical services and provides an equitable solution for the taxpayer.
Sheena Cumiskey, CWP chief executive, said:
“As an organisation that is committed to innovative ways of working, we are excited to work with Ryhurst to make sure we can reinvest for the future.
“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 diverse communities we serve.”
Stephen Collinson, managing director of Ryhurst, said:
“This is the start of an exciting journey for us both in an ever-changing healthcare environment – we really look forward to working together over the coming years.”
The partnership will be fully established by the end of August 2013 and will last for an initial 15 year period, with an option to extend for a further five years.