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HSJ names Strasys and Mid Cheshire as finalists in the “Best Healthcare Analytics Project for the NHS” award

Strasys & Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) are proud to have been shortlisted for the “Best Healthcare Analytics Project for the NHS” at the upcoming HSJ Partnership Awards 2024.

Following the pandemic, Mid Cheshire was at a point of inflection. The Trust needed to ensure it was able to tackle instability, operational challenges, system change, growing demand and backlog coupled with workforce pressures. Strasys, a leading analytics and innovation agency, was asked to support a strategy refresh aimed at how best to create clinically and financially sustainable care to meet the changing and growing needs of the local population.

Ian Moston, Chief Executive Officer commented: “It is excellent to be recognised by the HSJ in this award. Our innovative strategy truly understands the needs of our population, and supports us to understand what matters to our local communities now and for the future. Our staff continue to be empowered to provide the best care possible, using the strategy to enable them to think and act differently. Our strategy delivers by seeking to meet the needs of patients rather than the interests of the organisation.”

The analytics approach and methodology used in this project is new to the NHS. Need, behaviours and motivation of service users and their healthcare needs were combined with Strasys’s innovative methods, resulting in a simplified transformation agenda, making better use of limited resources. A place-based agenda was agreed upon, reimagining the Trust from a hospital to a care organisation.

Naeem Younis, Founder and CEO of Strasys adds: “I echo Ian’s comments and thank the judges for the recognition received so far. The achievements in Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust include creating a single version of the truth, connecting all available data such as patient feedback and experiences, activity, performance, quality, workforce and socio-economic data. The analysis aimed to give patients a voice, put them at the heart of decision-making and service redesign, and create a common narrative committed by all system stakeholders.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, comments: “It always gives me great pleasure to congratulate our finalists at this stage of the judging process and this year is no exception as we acknowledge Strasys and Mid Cheshire Hospitals FT for being shortlisted in the category of Best Healthcare Analytics Project for the NHS.

The 2023 awards judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including; Tosca Fairchild, Chief of Staff, South East London ICB, Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive, Mid and South Essex NHS FT, Shabina Azmi, Chief Pharmacist, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICB, Professor Edward Kunonga, Director of Population Health Management, NENC ICB and NECS, as well as a range of esteemed healthcare leaders from across the UK.

The 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.

About Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a full range of local hospital and community services, taking referrals from a wide geographical area including East Cheshire (population 399K) and Cheshire West and Chester boroughs (population 357K).

It provides high quality planned and unplanned/emergency care, cardiac and critical care as well as child health, maternity services, and intermediate care across sites at Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich, and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford.

An extensive range of community services is provided across numerous locations including health centres, schools and patients’ own home by our community arm, Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), in collaboration with local partner organisations.

The Trust is one of the largest local employers with almost 5,500 members of staff.  We support our staff through engagement, training and development, recognising that this impacts positively on the care we provide our patients by helping to attract the very best staff.

With the formation of Integrated Care Systems in July 2022, the Trust became a strategic partner in both Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester ‘places’ and is part of the Cheshire and Merseyside partnership caring for a population of over 2.7million.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is thrilled to be part of the New Hospital Programme (NHP) to deliver a new Leighton Hospital campus.  This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the district health and care model for the future.

Our ambition is to develop a state-of-the-art facility that is designed with the clinical, mental health and care needs of our communities at the core. Through the strategic integration of digital innovation, a passion for retention and investment in our people as well as a drive to create an energy independent NHS, we are committed to helping our population enjoy life to the fullest.

We will not do this in isolation, our long standing and genuine relationships with our health and care partners in Cheshire will be reinforced through our plans. By focusing not just on the medical needs but the health and care needs of our communities, the new Leighton Hospital Campus will help reduce health inequalities, driving integrated care that meets the evolving needs of our local population.


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

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