During 2011-12, the Higher York team facilitated a number of discussions regarding the potential of ‘sharing’ services in a range of areas. Meetings have included representatives from a range of different service departments including Health & Safety, Estates and Facilities and Procurement. The aim of this work has been to improve quality of services and identify potential efficiency savings by sharing practice. Positive outcomes so far include York St John University outsourcing its vehicle maintenance with City of York Council, the University of York developing links to support print at Askham Bryan College, health and safety colleagues sharing practice, expertise and training programmes. In addition the members of Higher York are also supporting wider city initiatives in asset management. York St John University has developed strong links with the NHS Trust relating to the NHS Trust’s library and temporary doctor and nurse accommodation. Partners are currently looking at joint storage options.
The work in York has caught national attention and recently Richard Hirst, Estates Manager from York St John University and Jessica Grant, Higher York Driector were invited to present at a national conference of public sector estates and facilities manager at Sheffield Hallam University to present on the work so far.