Dedicated to the development of successful academic health alliances

What we do

Academic Health Science Systems

The value of Academic Medical Centres as drivers of population health and wealth has long been recognised but their successful development is not easy. Drawing on unparalleled clinical academic expertise and experts in related disciplines from HR to digitalisation, we can assist clients co-develop transformative systems that reflect the local context and their aspirations. From governance arrangements through to tractable research and enterprise strategies and staffing needs, we can help you realise your goals.

Our service range is illustrated by examples of the projects we’ve undertaken over the past few years:

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Our Track Record

Our service range is illustrated by examples of the projects we’ve undertaken over the past few years:

Princess Alexandra Health Trust - Acute Services

We worked with clinical groups across urgent care, elective care, diagnostics, rehabilitation and women & children’s services.

Our expert to expert conversations co-developed plans for new clinical models to be progressively developed, culminating in the service profile for a rebuilt Princess Alexandra Hospital. The conversations extended to the entire health system and local authorities to ensure planning was commensurate with the system outlook and strategy.

The client adopted the plans and associated trajectories into its Outline Business Case for the new hospital and continues to plan in advance of the new build eg in its forthcoming community diagnostic centre.

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust / The Royal Devon University Healthcare - Acute Services

In the last 2 years we have worked, alongside Grant Thornton, with the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust prior to its merger with the Royal Devon & Exeter. Since then we have worked with the merged Trust – The Royal Devon University Healthcare.

Our work has included: co-developing a clinical strategy and service models for the new North Devon Hospital; supporting the development of the new clinical strategy for the merged organisation alongside and connected to a new digital strategy; focussed work on elderly care services.

Our work has been well received by the client and incorporated into the strategic and outline business case stages of planning for the new North Devon Hospital. The revised strategy for the merged trust has enabled the Trust to deliver on a major merger milestone, with the intention of implementation planning starting in January 2023.

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board - Health Systems

We have worked on several programmes with Cardiff & Vale:

1) We worked with clinical groups on the co-development of clinical plans for the new University Hospital, Wales, Hospital, as part of a programme business case for the Welsh Government

2) We subsequently worked with more specific clinical groups on service line transformation, using our innovation assessment and system pyramid methodologies. The outcome was a description of the long-term vision for services and a trajectory of actions from current state for the client’s change team to begin its implementation work

3) We supported the Health Board (and also Swansea Bay Health Board) in the review and replanning of tertiary services through the preparation, facilitation and conclusion of key stakeholder workshops

4) We worked with the Health Board and Cardiff University on the envisioning and actioning of a life sciences strategy and development plan for the UHW campus and the wider health and science ecosystem

The Health Board’s programme business case was well received by Welsh Government and work on the new hospital continues. We continue to work on service line transformations, with a suite of 4 services to be worked on in the Autumn of 2022. The Health Board has adopted our jointly developed recommendations on life sciences development and has begun implementation planning.

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board - Health Systems

We helped the Health Board with its population health planning across the key domains: born well; growing well, living well; aging well and dying well. We worked with clinical and leadership groups to understand how and where integrated services should develop and adduced the organisational and clinical pathway implications.

We subsequently worked on elective care recovery – assessing the size of the system challenge and working with clinical and leadership groups on medium term transformation planning.

Our work was well received adopted by the Board. It was built into the Board’s implementation planning and also into the approach to organisational restructuring the Board took to its overall systems and operations.

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust - Mental Health

We supplied expert mental health advice to BSOL to help clinicians and executives across a range of service analysis and improvement packages. This included working with the analytical work of our contract partner, Grant Thornton, to support clinicians in receiving and interpreting the insights and opportunities for service improvement.

This work continues as more work packages are devised and agreed with the client.

Black Country Mental Health Trust - Mental Health

We have helped Black Country understand its demand and capacity position and consider opportunities to deploy this knowledge in improvement activities through a series of workshops with clinicians and executives.

This work continues as we and the client work together on converting insights from data into improvement planning and implementation.

Health Education England - Workforce

We undertook 2 pieces of work for HEE. First, we conducted an analysis of a call for evidence on the factors that would influence future NHS workforce demand and supply. We drew this into key domains and factors and presented this to the HEE Board and a range of stakeholders and expert groups. Second, we were asked to look at the likely influence of science and technology and how this would change the volume and type of clinical work in the next 10 years. To do this we had to create a balanced method of enquiry and apply our Ready, Impactful, Adoptable (RIA) assessment methodology to create reasonable indication for HEE.

HEE accepted and, with our involvement, disseminated these findings across its key stakeholders. Our findings now form part of HEE’s further work on workforce planning  which the Government will make available later in the year.

NHS Wales - Research, Development and Innovation

We were asked to review the national and international evidence of best practice in the production and commercialisation of innovation by health services. We created criteria for assessment and sourced key sites for structured interviews. We identified the key factors in successful innovation and developed recommendations for the NHS in Wales.

Our findings and recommendations were accepted and have informed the Welsh Government’s overall approach to innovation strategy. We presented on this work to a range of local and national stakeholders.

Swansea Bay University Health Board - Research, Development and Innovation

We assisted in the development of an R&D and Innovation Strategy for the Health Board. This work drew on the current position, national and international exemplars and set out opportunities to deploy appropriate governance, create optimal relationships with partner organisations, focus on strengths, create time and rewards for researchers and foster a culture of research and innovation

Our work was well received by the client. We will assist in workshops to disseminate the findings to the Health Board’s internal and external stakeholders.



What we offer

How we can support you

Drawing on experienced academic health science system leaders, Academic Health Solutions can:

Service one

Help you define a strategy that fulfils the partnerships ambition, drawing on highly experienced system leaders.

Service two

Influence local policy makers and inform partners about the power of effective alliances.

Service three

Analyse where attention needs to be directed to fulfil the quadruple mission of research, enterprise and innovation, education and clinical service using Alliance Diagnostics.

Service four

Optimising partnership alignment and brokering supportive governance arrangements.

Service five

Identify potential academic and industrial partners to accelerate achievement of the partnership's objectives.

Service six

Establish international advisory board arrangements.

Service seven

Develop a learning health system.

Service eight

Devise data science strategies to subserve your alliance.

Service nine

Identify and recruit (future) leaders with ongoing support and coaching as required.

Our affiliated providers

Aligning ourselves with great businesses

No advisory service can offer in-house expertise for every problem and Academic Health Solutions is no exception. But through established links with affiliated providers who share the same purpose, ethos and quality standards we are able to extend our capabilities into complementary areas. For example, our affiliated providers can advise on hospital buildings, staff and leadership recruitment and data science strategies, enabling clients to access solutions to complex challenges as efficiently as possible.