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HSJ names Strasys and Alder Hey as finalists in the “Best Consultancy Partnership with the NHS” award

A successful collaboration between Strasys and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has led to being shortlisted for the “Best Consultancy Partnership with the NHS” at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2024.

Like all healthcare providers, Alder Hey has experienced a huge increase in demand, complexity and widening inequalities, leading to significant pressures on services and staff wellbeing. Already a pioneer in innovation, to make a real difference to the children, young people and families they serve (CYPF), they identified a need to do more to tackle health inequalities.

Analytics and innovation partner agency Strasys was recommended to the Board as an organisation that would offer something very different to the traditional approach experienced by the NHS. The journey to develop a radical new vision commenced in March 2022.

John Grinnell, Managing Director, CFO and Deputy CEO, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am thrilled to have received recognition for the team in this way. We were keen on developing an evidenced-based approach that was led by what children and young people want and not another NHS strategy developed through an institution lens.

Strasys brought radical thinking. Through a unique combination of analytics, subject matter expertise, scientific rigour and personal empowerment, Strasys established a deep understanding of Alder Hey’s capabilities and population needs, enabling them to bring all their resources to bear and reshape the future.

Naeem Younis, Founder and CEO of Strasys adds: We are delighted to have been recognised by the HSJ which is a testament to the collaboration and hard work of both teams. We are proud to have supported Alder Hey in empowering the leadership team to think differently to solve the big issues. The partnership demonstrated that our innovative approach can help develop radical solutions, inspiring staff and building the commitment to change. We feel honoured to be supporting Alder Hey in improving the life chances of children and building thriving communities.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, comments: “The calibre of entries left our panel of expert judges with some tough decisions to deliberate over. However, it’s always important to remember that the HSJ Partnership Awards are not just a celebration of success stories, but also a platform to shape the future collaboration within the NHS.”

In its seventh year, 228 entries have been received for this year’s Partnership Awards, following the thorough judging process. The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution London on 21 March 2024.

Notes to Editors

About Strasys

Strasys is a leading analytics and innovation agency founded in 2015. It has partnered with over 40 NHS organisations, governments and other health and life science organisations across the UK and internationally, impacting the lives of 50m+ citizens.

With a richness of skills and expertise in the NHS and industry, spanning over three decades, Strasys moves health and care system thinking away from compliance and process management to customer experience management. This delivers an understood, owned and embraced analysis of population needs, enabling leadership teams to place the right people in the right places to do the right jobs, with the right resources, services and capabilities, resulting in a healthier future for all.

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About Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust provides care for over 330,000 children and young people every year. Alder Hey delivers clinical excellence for all children, for routine illnesses as well as very complex and rare conditions.

One of four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the UK, it is a national centre for neuro and craniofacial surgery, a regional centre for burns injuries and a Centre of Excellence for children with cancer, heart, spinal and brain disease. Alder Hey as an NIHR funded Clinical Research Facility (CRF) that specialises in the design, and delivery, of early phase drug trials in children with a wide range of conditions.

The Trust is one of only four epilepsy surgical centres in the UK and one of only two accredited major trauma centres in the North West. Alder Hey is also a respiratory Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) surge centre and is the referral centre for the treatment of congenital heart defects in North West England, North Wales and Isle of Man. It became the first UK Centre of Excellence for Childhood Lupus in 2010.

Alder Hey is the first accredited Investing in Children hospital in the UK. It has a dedicated patient experience programme which includes the award winning Alder Hey Arts involving music therapy, dance programmes, storytelling and animation projects. It is also one of a few hospitals to have a Children and Young Person’s Forum.

Alder Hey opened a new hospital ‘Alder Hey in the Park’ in 2015. Europe’s first hospital in a park, the new facility provides a purpose-built, unique and world class healing environment for children and young people.

Alder Hey is supported by The Alder Hey Children’s Charity which aims to raise vital funds for lifesaving equipment, research projects and patient experience initiatives.

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About the HSJ Partnership Awards

The HSJ Partnership Awards recognise the most effective collaborations with the NHS highlight the benefits which working with the private and third sectors can bring to patients and NHS organisations.

For more information/media enquiries relating to the 2024 HSJ Partnership Awards, please contact Rebecca Bright via or tel: +44 20 7608 9056.

The full list of nominees for the 2024 HSJ Partnership Awards can be found at


About HSJ

Health Services Journal is the only title to cover all aspects of publicly funded healthcare, providing news, analysis, best practise information from some of the most powerful and respected figures in health. The HSJ audience is formed of healthcare leaders from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds and both public and private sectors.

HSJ is published by Wilmington PLC, a company dedicated to providing information and training to professional business markets. Their publications across the Health, Risk and Compliance, Finance, Legal and Insight sectors are united by one common aim- to turn knowledge into advantage. Wilmington PLC enables professionals to enhance performance and innovation by providing high-quality, relevant and reliable information, education and knowledge.