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Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust and Strasys Forge a Unique Partnership to Elevate Children's Healthcare Globally

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, a long-standing pioneer in innovation, has formed a first-of-its-kind partnership with Strasys, a leading analytics and innovation agency. Together, we aim to reshape the future of paediatric care and enhance the life prospects of children, young people, and their families (CYPF).

The needs of CYPF are changing at pace, driven by socio-economic and technological developments. The net impact is a health system under pressure with growing inequalities and adverse effects on the well-being of communities. To create new solutions to our problems requires collaboration, innovation and investment.

Alder Hey and Strasys have launched a partnership that aims to develop an innovation-at-scale platform, bringing together funders, public and private sectors, researchers and educators to develop and scale novel solutions to address unmet needs.

This partnership places a special focus on addressing children’s unmet needs, ensuring that their voices are heard, and their healthcare environment is conducive to their growth and well-being.

Alder Hey and Strasys

Leaders from both organisations meeting to launch the partnership at Alder Hey

Building on their collective knowledge, values, and expertise, the partnership has four aims:

  • Be the engine to originate, create and scale solutions to benefit CYPF and communities.
  • Create the best adoption environment for partners with innovative ideas to incubate and scale their solutions.
  • Leverage knowledge capital and domain expertise to deliver value to innovation partners through new collaboration methods.
  • Build the headroom to scale up and reinvest in improving outcomes for CYPF.

The partnership’s initial focus will be to develop and scale the existing pipeline of innovations leveraging AI and analytics and developing a global centre of excellence for paediatric research, innovation, and education.

Louise Shepherd, CEO, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of NHS England’s Children and Young People (CYP) Transformation Board, said: “Children, young people and families are facing significant challenges with huge increases in demand, complexity and widening inequalities. Alder Hey is a very special place with an international reputation. Working closely with children and partners, we have no shortage of ideas and a new Alder Hey vision for 2030, to tackle these challenges head-on. We needed to work with a partner that could offer us something unique to enable us to create a global centre of excellence for CYPF innovation and accelerate the introduction of new technologies to improve children’s care in the UK and beyond.”

“We didn’t want a cookie-cutter approach. Strasys had already helped us fundamentally reshape our future. The partnership will increase our self-resilience, reducing our dependency on external support. It will enable us to accelerate a range of innovations, accessing the best ideas and turning them into solutions to improve life chances and outcomes for young people.”

Alder Hey has an international reputation for outstanding specialist paediatric health care, research and innovation. The partnership will help us to take Alder Hey innovations and solutions to more children and young people and professionals, broadening our impact and providing better and more effective care to children’s unmet needs.

Naeem Younis, Founder and CEO, Strasys added “I am excited to be working in partnership with Alder Hey to build an international value-creation platform for CYPF. Our depth of expertise, global presence and a rich network of partners would not typically be accessible within the constraints of the NHS. I am very much looking forward to creating and nurturing an experimental environment that supports people to put their ideas into practice and co-developing a range of disruptive innovations to support thousands more people locally and globally.”

Strasys will bring its intellectual property, products and capability development expertise to support Alder Hey and health systems to improve care and outcomes for children. They remain committed to providing the best value for taxpayers and the most effective, fair, and sustainable use of finite resources.

Read more about Strasys’s work in Alder Hey – Case study: Reimagining Health and Care for Children and Young People. Using an evidence and insight-led approach to think differently and reshape Alder Hey’s future.

Join the Strasys “Thinking Differently” webinar on 19 March 2024: Healthcare Workforce – Achieving a paradigm shift by rethinking productivity through new perspectives, featuring Alder Hey. Sign up here.

Notes to Editors


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.

At Strasys, we put 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.

Our mission is to enable leaders to innovate and make informed decisions 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.



Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is one of Europe’s biggest and busiest children’s healthcare providers. We look after 500,000 children and young people every year, treating everything from common illnesses to highly complex and specialist conditions.

Alder Hey’s Vision is to create a healthier, happier and fairer future for children and young people. This means helping to shape a world where health and well-being aren’t limited by a child’s social, economic or ethnic background.

The Trust’s strategy is driven by what matters most to children and young people; ‘Get Me Well’, ‘Personalise My Care’, ‘Improve My Life Chances’ and ‘Bring Me the Future’. By empowering children and young people to manage their own health and care as close to home and school as possible, they can fully realise their potential. In collaboration with partners, Alder Hey is utilising the very best expertise and the latest technologies to achieve pioneering breakthroughs in treatments, revolutionise care and transform health outcomes for children and young people everywhere.

One of four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the UK, Alder Hey is also 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. The Trust is one of only four epilepsy surgical centres in the UK, one of only two accredited major trauma centres in the North West and is a referral centre for the treatment of congenital heart defects in North West England, North Wales and the Isle of Man. Alder Hey is 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 has a dedicated Patient Experience Programme, a renowned Arts Programme and is one of a few hospitals to have a Children and Young Person’s Forum.

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