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Rubicon is ten years old and is as busy as ever.  In recent months we have:

  • Continued to work in the Dorset system helping Dorset Healthcare NHSFT with its HIP2 capital investment business cases.
  • Won new work with Dorset County Hospital also linked to HIP2 funding.
  • Commenced work with colleagues from other SMEs to develop a health and care hub in Ely.
  • Completed the outline business case for two new mental health units in Surrey and subsequently worked with our client to bid for central funds for the first scheme.
  • Won a new piece of work helping Worcestershire Health & Care to develop their estate strategy – almost ten years since the first time we worked with this trust.
  • Continued to review ETTF bids for NHSE.
  • Completed our work with the Adult Cerebral Palsy Hub.
  • Started a project for overseas investors looking at opportunities in England.
  • Continued to support colleagues in SCWCSU by placing interim staff.


Today marks Rubicon’s tenth anniversary. Over the last ten years the company has delivered over 200 projects for more than 50 clients predominantly in the NHS, but also private health providers and charities. The company works through an associate network and partnerships with other SMEs; currently we have an associate network of 53 compared to 12 when Rubicon was launched. Rubicon continues to be busy and is currently engaged as lead or a sub-contractor, on nine projects for clients ranging from NHSE, a charity and four NHS providers.

ETTF bid reviews

Categories: Business Case Support, Estate Strategies, Financial Planning
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We have continued our work for NHSE reviewing OBC and FBC bids for ETTF funding from several CCGs. Over the December to January period Rubicon consultants completed seven reviews, the reports on which form part of NHSE’s investment assessment process.

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells

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Shortly before Christmas, Rubicon completed its our first piece of work for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust following an introduction from a former colleague.  The project was a short business case for new car parking at the trust’s two main hospital sites, necessitated by ongoing activity growth at the Maidstone and Pembury sites.  Both investments were approved by the trust board in December and will be delivered by the end of March 2020.

Surrey and Borders satelitte hub for Spelthorne

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Rubicon’s work with Surrey and Borders continues with the recent approval of a investment case to create a satellite hub for the trust’s community services, in the Spelthorne area of Surrey.  The satellite will complement the community hub opened by the trust in 2018 and which Rubicon had provided business writer support for,

East Suffolk & North Essex FT

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We have recently completed a refresh of this trust’s estate strategy working alongside WT Partnership.  This recently merged large acute trust needed a new estate strategy to reflect its emerging clinical and corporate strategy which in turn, reflects opportunities arising from the merger.  We had previously worked on phase one of the strategy in 2018 and delivered phase two over summer 2019.

Derbyshire Healthcare

Categories: Capacity Planning, Estate Strategies
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Rubicon has started work with Derbyshire Healthcare NHSFT to develop the trust’s strategy for its estate for the next 5 to 10 years.  The trust provides mental health services from over 60 sites across Derbyshire and has appointed Rubicon based on our extensive experience of developing estate strategies for mental health and community based providers.

Estate strategy – phase 2

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Working alongside colleagues from WT Partnership, Rubicon will be commencing phase two of our work on East Suffolk and North Essex’s estates strategy, in June.