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Mid Cheshire NHS Trust Strategy
February 21, 2022

How to deliver more integrated care and make PLACE a reality?

The past two years have been extraordinary for the NHS. Responding to the pandemic has brought many new challenges, demonstrated the best of the NHS, but also amplified the previous issues. During the pandemic, the Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust leadership team saw an opportunity to think different and reimagine health and care to enable a more prosperous local population. At the heart of the approach was the shift from focusing on services to understanding the population's needs and delivering a better experience and outcome. Strasys took the leadership on a process of discovery and design fuelled by advanced analytics and decision-intelligence. The result is an innovative strategy now adopted as the PLACE roadmap. It required courage and strong leadership to challenge the status quo with a backdrop of numerous national policies and reforms and operational pressures. James Sumner, Chief Executive of the Trust, shares his experience and lessons.By putting people and patients at the heart, the Trust overcame the typical organisation and policy barriers that had prevented the delivery of truly integrated care for the communities it serves. James Sumner, Chief Executive of the Mid Cheshire Trust, describes the strategy development process and how it became the PLACE strategy with a strong commitment from partners across health and social care, with shared outcomes.The current health and care challenges need new solutions and ideas. To move away from traditional siloed approaches, the Trust used advanced analytics and modelling not seen in the NHS before to reimagine its services. Through insight-led storytelling, the leadership team made sense of the current challenges and discovered the art of the possible. James Sumner talks about the experience and how it helped break down organisational barriers and innovate.There is no shortage of data in the NHS but very little insight. Consequently, it becomes difficult to engage systems…
Vision 2030
September 22, 2021

Transforming health care in KSA

As part of its economic and social reform strategy, Vision 2030 , KSA is transforming its national health care service. This is an ambitious program designed to deliver an integrated health care system at the very heart of which lies the health and wellbeing of the country’s population. A complex multi-year transformation, it is an exciting opportunity to reimagine healthcare. Strasys Arabia is supporting this transformation by helping to develop the Accountable Care Organisations (ACO) responsible for managing the health and social care of the patients in their ‘clusters’. A crucial element of our support is our commitment to developing local talent and capability. Get in touch to learn more. Moaaz Khanani Director MENA Naeem Younis Managing Director
The real cost of professionalism in healthcare
July 28, 2021

The real cost of professionalism in healthcare

Though modern healthcare practices are highly effective, the health system itself is a complex behemoth under immense pressure from relentless growth in demand. Despite significant progress in both the use of technology and the development of drugs, the delivery of healthcare remains vulnerable to the potential for significant harm. Human fallibility increases the probability that mistakes will happen. When they do, questions are asked, investigations conducted, responsibility apportioned, and accountability determined. If the harm is deemed to have been avoidable, the organisation and the professional or professionals responsible find themselves subject to costly litigation. Each case can cost the organisation millions of pounds. The NHS paid out over £2b or approximately 2% of the entire budget of NHS England (£115b) in clinical negligence claims in 2018-2019. In addition, to be prepared for future clinical negligence claims, it has built up a litigation cost liability fund of around £85 billion. Each…
May 8, 2021

Professionalism – matters more now than ever

Experts are important. If this was ever in doubt (which it was), the pandemic has ensured it is no longer.  Experts are inventing vaccines, saving lives, shoring up institutions, working for the present and building a post-pandemic future. So why do we trust experts, and what makes an expert a professional? Currently, and historically, the route from expert to professional has been a social contract with the population: all professional services are provided to a regulated set of quality and safety standards set by members of the profession. Professionalism, in turn, reflects the 'conduct, aims or qualities' to which experts are held to be considered professionals.Professionalism must be proven. The modern professional cannot expect to command due respect and confidence from employers, clients, regulators or colleagues, without offering 'proof' of their professionalism. Unfortunately, the current system for providing this evidence – a data-light, bureaucratic, tick box exercise in self-reporting –…
Nadeem Moghal
May 4, 2021

Dr Nadeem Moghal joins Strasys

Strasys is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Nadeem Moghal as a Consultant and Executive Coach. Nadeem joins Strasys with over three decades of a uniquely varied medical and healthcare leadership career in the public and independent health sectors. A strong learning and reflective foundation underpin his practical experience in leading change and transformation. The contrast of his early experiences, a privileged education despite growing up as a young refugee in some of the most deprived neighbourhoods of 1970s England, have shaped his values and set his drive. He studied medicine with an international cohort of students in 1980s Dublin, obtained his postgraduate training, later complimented by a degree in management. In the process he has developed a global, holistic, patient-centred perspective on healthcare management. As a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, he has led numerous regional services, improving collaboration and measurably raising both the quality of service and patient outcomes.…
Mental Heath
December 12, 2020

Covid-19: The beginning of a mental health crisis?

A positive consequence of Covid-19 is that mental health now has a much higher national profile than it did pre-pandemic. The result of lockdown measures, damaging economic impacts, and a range of other negative consequences on people’s mental health, have been widely acknowledged. However, the mental health impacts of Covid-19 will, for many, continue long after mass vaccination has suppressed the virus. Also, inequalities in mental health are growing, as the virus and its economic impacts continue to adversely affect specific groups and communities disproportionately. Much of the demand for mental health support currently remains ‘deferred’, i.e. people have not yet sought help. The problem is storing up for the future. Before this buildup starts to be released, how should the mental health and broader care system prepare to respond, and will it be ready to cope with the surge in demand?Firstly, commissioners and providers should reset. Mental health care…
Integrated Care
October 15, 2020

The road to integrated care

Croydon Health Services is a major provider of health services in London. Over the last few years, it has successfully transitioned to the One Croydon Alliance. It is one of the first integrated care partnerships in England, servicing a population of 400k. A key enabler of its success was 'humanising' care and reimagining its services and ways of working around the needs of its patients. Lesley Doherty Associate Director
August 18, 2020

Demystifying consulting: exploring a career as a management consultant

Aliyah Butt, who is reading Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge, completed our summer intern programme and shared her experience.After my summer placement at Strasys, I developed a much greater appreciation for the variety of disciplines within the consulting sector.In these uncertain times, I was unsure exactly how I would be able to make an impact and interact with the team virtually.  However, I was pleasantly surprised. The team were very welcoming, the programme was well structured, and online collaboration was much easier than I had thought. I was also surprised by the flat hierarchy within the organisation. For example, I was working directly with the senior leadership team, which gave me an excellent opportunity to learn more about running a consulting organisation.Following my induction, I was immediately immersed in a project, analysing the digital health and life sciences sector in the Middle East, with a specific focus on Saudi Arabia.…
Covid Modelling
July 14, 2020

Covid-19: Democratise COVID policy with transparent modelling

There are still questions millions of people worldwide are asking themselves on the impact of the pandemic. What is happening around me, what is likely to happen next and what actions could alter the path to a better outcome?Strasys, in collaboration with modellers and developers, want to 'democratise' COVID policy by putting COVID modeling in the hands of millions of citizens, to help answer those questions. Most government communications have taken a high-level and generalised approach e.g. using top-down national numbers and simplistic remarks about the "R" factor. We are also seeing the rate of progression and tactical responses differ across not only nations but specific localities. In determining future impact, it is critical to understand the local dynamics of modelling COVID at the community level and making the process transparent.The Covid-19 localisation modelling group, is the brainchild of  Maurice Glucksman and Dr Kim Warren. The initiative brings together a…
July 9, 2020

Building a better future together

Building on a strong track record, and deep industry and functional expertise, Strasys Arabia will support governments and organisations to spark change and deliver positive impact on organisations, economies, and society. In a post-covid world, organisations are facing new challenges but also opportunities to innovate. Blending digital and human capabilities, Strasys Arabia will empower organisations with the right tools and capabilities to succeed and build a sustainable future. Strasys has been in Saudi Arabia since 2018 and is delighted to open its first office in Jeddah.Strasys has been challenging conventional thinking and delivering meaningful impact through a multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems. “We are going through unprecedented times with increased uncertainty and complexity,” says Naeem Younis, Founder and Managing Director, Strasys. “To deliver positive impact, we need to go beyond traditional approaches and think in the ‘new’. Combining our human-centric approach to strategy and transformation, we are able to help…