The Strategy Unit was established in 2006, as a small specialist team within a Strategic Health Authority. Today, we’re an autonomous consultancy business (as part of the NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU), with a team of 30 and an annual turnover in excess of £3 million. 

Our mission is simple to improve outcomes by helping our customers successfully navigate complexity and risk. We help commissioners, healthcare providers, universities, charities, national policy makers, and Government to understand the challenges they face, and make the best possible decisions. Our clients, who are at the forefront of UK healthcare, value us as a trusted partner to provide evidence-informed analysis and advice, and the ability to take that into implementation. 

Better evidence, better decisions, better outcomes.

Improving health and care for patients and communities drives everything we do.

Our sole purpose is to help find solutions to address complex and longstanding problems and to embrace opportunities to achieve improvement. We aim to place patients and service users at the heart of our work, and we only take on projects where we are confident that our work can make a positive difference.

We recognise that health and social care is a complex environment where uncertainty and volatility are inherent. We have a track record of driving innovation by supporting complex change. Where possible, we like to develop long-term partnerships where we can go on a shared journey with our clients, and where innovations arise that can be used elsewhere, generating benefits for both parties.

We’re committed to continuous learning and improvement, always seeking out, and acting upon, feedback from our clients. Having a strong public sector ethos, the profits from our work is reinvested into continual improvements which benefit our clients. 

The Strategy Unit recognises that our clients are often time poor, and under increasing pressure to deliver results more quickly. With this in mind, we offer a ‘real world’ balance of rigour and practical relevance. 

We adopt a collaborative coaching style when we work with clients, actively seeking to transfer skills and learning. We practice the open sharing of knowledge and are committed to developing the evidence base to support complex change through robust and authentic evaluation. 

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