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HSJ judges said this work should be adopted across the NHS as it was so different, engaging and impactful

A Strasys and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust collaboration has been announced as the gold winner of the “Best Consultancy Partnership with the NHS” at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2024.

The award winning entry is entitled “Using An Evidence And Insight-Led Approach To Think Differently And Reshape Alder Hey’s Future.” As a pioneer in innovation, Alder Hey identified a need to do more to tackle inequalities and make a real difference to the children, young people and families (CYPF) they serve.

HSJ Gold Award

Strasys brought radical thinking, rather than a “cookie-cutter approach”, to help them deliver a clear plan. Through a unique combination of analytics, subject matter expertise, scientific rigour and personal empowerment, Strasys established a deep understanding of its capabilities and population needs, enabling Alder Hey to bring all its resources to bear and reshape the future.

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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 and CFO, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are honoured to receive such positive recognition for our work. Having innovative ideas is one thing, but we needed the necessary support in capability and capacity to identify the right problems, develop the solutions, scale them effectively and apply them. This is where Strasys played a pivotal role.”

Naeem Younis, Founder and CEO of Strasys, adds: “We are thrilled to have won the Best Consultancy Partnership with the NHS, a testament to the dedication of both teams. Hearing the judges say this work should be everywhere in the NHS is the ultimate validation. We take pride in supporting Alder Hey in empowering its leadership team to approach challenges through a different way of thinking. Leveraging our innovative methodology, we crafted a groundbreaking solution, igniting inspiration among staff and fostering a collective commitment to transformation.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, comments: “Almost any attempt to improve NHS productivity – the service’s greatest challenge – without working in concert with suppliers starts at a major disadvantage. Indeed, many of the best ideas for improving productivity do and will come from suppliers. Every one of the businesses on the Partnership Awards shortlist has shown the kind of thinking and determination it takes to deliver change in healthcare services. They should all be very proud of the efforts, especially our 28 winners.

With 28 separate categories this year, the winners were announced during an impressive ceremony held at Evolution London, on 21 March 2024, hosted by Miles Jupp. The judging panel was made up of a diverse panel of 79 highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community. All finalists and winners were judged set against 5 clear criteria: ambition; outcome; spread; value and involvement.

Read more about this programme of work with Alder Hey and Strasys,

Strasys is also proud to have received a bronze award alongside Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for Best Healthcare Analytics Project for the NHS. Read more about this programme of work in Mid Cheshire.

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

Notes to Editors

About Strasys

Strasys is a leading analytics and innovation agency founded in 2015. It partners with healthcare organisations, systems, and governments across the UK and internationally to build healthier and thriving communities.

Strasys puts forward a different way of thinking to unlock and design a different future through a unique combination of advanced analytics, AI, scientific rigour and personal empowerment.​

With a richness of skills and expertise spanning over three decades, Strasys moves health and care system thinking away from compliance and process management to customer experience management and become learning organisations.

Its mission is to enable leaders to innovate and make informed decisions, placing 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.