Working in partnership with the NHS to improve people’s health and wellbeing

Attain is the largest independent health advisory and delivery organisation in the UK. We invest our expertise and energy into making the NHS and patients better off. We only work with the NHS and its partners.

At Attain, we focus on helping the NHS and its partners transform and continually improve the planning, design and delivery of care services.

We help health and care systems to overcome the following challenges:

  • poor health outcomes for patients
  • operational performance issues and inefficiencies within services;
  • making the money go further to help meet demand
  • creating sustainable local services and NHS organisations;
  • changing the workforce model to better meet the needs of patients and populations;
  • establishing Integrated Care Partnerships (Place) and Systems

Working with clinicians, patients and managers, we deliver positive change. We start with what is right for populations in order to improve health outcomes. We then move on to the clinical and operational model for patients – getting these right first time drives better care and makes the money go further.

Our team of 100 UK healthcare experts combine clinical, management consulting, analytical, transformation and commercial expertise delivering nationwide coverage. We are united by a common set of values and a collective determination to make a real difference. Whether its short term strategic advice or longer-term hands on delivery that is required, we have capacity and capability to support you.

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What our customers say about us

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“Having now met several members of the Attain team, it has been a real pleasure for me to work with every one of them. A positive learning experience as well as benefiting from the results of their team working and individual talents.”

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustMark Goodwin, Clinical Business Manager

Bradford Care Alliance logo“Attain’s contribution to the diabetes programme has been vital and crucial. Without your input and project organisation we would have really struggled. In fact, I have been really impressed by the Attain team and hope to have your continued help on this and future projects in Bradford.”

Bradford Care AllianceDr Ishtiaq Gilkar, Medical Director

East Riding of Yorkshire CCG“The design and procurement process was extremely thorough. Attain has experience of running complex procurement exercises and, as a result, had a really good understanding of the issues and procedures that needed to be addressed and managed. It has been a real pleasure working with Attain, the commitment shown has been over and above expectation and the support provided of top quality. You have felt like part of the team.”

East Riding of Yorkshire CCG Alex Seale, Director of Commissioning

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust“The Attain team were invited in to help us deliver significant transformational change in a clinical setting. The high quality team was cohesive, proactive and energised about the service they deliver. Their approach puts the patient at the centre of everything they do, wrapped around system thinking. In our experience Attain is the best external review team we’ve ever worked with and we would have no hesitation in recommending their services.”

Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation TrustDeputy Medical Director

“Attain is the best external review team we’ve ever worked with. They’ve engaged all our staff and helped us understand what we need to do next.”

Acute Foundation TrustAssociate Medical Director

“I would not hesitate in recommending the team at Attain. They were clearly a happy, high functioning team.”

Clinical Commissioning Group board memberWhole Systems Clinical Lead

“Attain worked through a complex set of issues with a diverse set of clinicians and managers, smoothly and effectively. They delivered the brief comprehensively and to time, and were a pleasure to work with.”

Acute Foundation Trust, LondonDirector of Strategy


“I have been impressed by the professionalism, dedication and dogged perseverance and determination of the team. They have demonstrated excellent skills which we depend on for technical solutions and unblocking seemingly closed routes to success. They’ve both become solid members of our team and are seen by member practices as being fully embedded in the organisation.”

Heartbeat AllianceStephen Brown, Chief Executive Heartbeat Alliance (a PMCF pioneer)

NLandG_NHS_FT_logo“The Attain team were initially commissioned to support the CCGs on a review of services within Northern Lincolnshire, but they quickly recognised the need to work across both Commissioner and Provider organisations to ensure effective clinical engagement and to support the delivery of a comprehensive piece of work. The team have brought an objective perspective to the local programme of work and have ensured that Commissioner and Provider work links together.”

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation TrustAngie Smithson, Chief Operating Officer

Client logo“The Medium/Low Secure Services project was awarded the GO Award for Collaborative Procurement Initiative of the Year Award in 2012. With Attain’s support the project achieved a competitive, ‘approved’ list of providers with standard specifications and terms and conditions. The initial financial benefit to NHS Wales was £4.7m whilst improving patient care and reducing risks.”

NHS WalesShane Mills, Clinical Lead, Secure Services Contract Team

“Attain have yet again provided a consistently excellent service. Their procurement of an integrated drug treatment system for Derby City in 2012 was outstandingly professional with respect to process and customer service. The support offered, systems used and procurement structure employed have resulted in a cost effective and efficient drug treatment system that is already demonstrating significant benefits for the people of Derby. Attain are not only high performing, but have been an essential value-adding component to the commissioning of health and social care in our city.”

Public Health EnglandAssistant Director (Substance Misuse)

Client logo“Knowledgeable and always on top of change”

Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

“Experienced team who have the knowledge to ask the right question, in the right way, at the right time.”

South West London Clinical Commissioning GroupTask & Finish Group for Continuing Healthcare

“Attain made it happen!”

Swale Clinical Commissioning GroupTask & Finish Group for Intermediate Care

Client logo“We used Attain to produce our 5 year Mental Health Strategy: setting out how we will transform mental health services for adults so that they are an integral part our approach to improving overall health and wellbeing for Bassetlaw people. We were impressed by how the Attain team worked alongside our own people, service users and partners to produce a dynamic outcomes and delivery framework, as well as outline specifications and actions for the future.”

Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning GroupPhil Mettam, Chief Officer

Client logo“NHS Rotherham CCG commissioned Attain to review our services for Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and CAMHs services. Within weeks Attain had a high quality team in place to support us. Attain have consistently operated to high professional standards and their work has consistently met our expectations.”

Rotherham Clinical Commissioning GroupChris Edwards, Chief Officer (Accountable Officer)

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“Attain have been working with the council to support the journey we have been making to strengthen our partnership with the CCG. They have also provided resource to manage a complex area of our Adult Social Care service. Whether developing strategic solutions to complex issues or delivering quality operational leadership, I have been impressed with the calibre of their staff and the quality of their work.”

City of York CouncilStewart Halliday, Assistant Director Transformation & Change

Client logo“I would just like to say a huge thanks for all of your hard work with the Healthy Lives Healthy Future project. We’ve moved on so much over the last 12 months thanks to your leadership.”

North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning GroupDr Peter Melton, Clinical Chief Officer

Client logo“Kevin Edwards is an exceptional individual, valued as a member of our team rather than as a member of another organisation. His professional but practical advice and knowledge has ensured that staff, clinicians and board members are confident to accept his recommendations.

Kevin provides a broad range of services to the CCG such as commercial awareness, technical procurement and market development advice and knowledge exchange. He is pragmatic, flexible and a team player who will go out of his way to help others. He is not precious about sharing his knowledge and experience which has enabled our staff to develop their procurement skills with confidence.”

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning GroupSam Hepplewhite, Accountable Officer

Vale of York CCG logo“Attain have supported our integration and service development programme for over two years.  Their blend of experience across procurement, strategy and programme management has played a key role in the development and implementation of our ambitious plans.”

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning GroupFiona Bell, Deputy Chief Operating Officer/Innovation Lead

Client logo“I just wanted to thank Attain personally for your input and for your continued commitment to this project. It really is invaluable and we would not have got to where we are so far without your help. Our due diligence and milestones submissions were reported to be one of the best nationally which is great – well done and thank you very much.”

Heartbeat AllianceStephen Brown, Chief Executive Heartbeat Alliance

Wigan Borough CCG logo“Attain are a fantastic organisation to work with. Their staff are highly skilled and knowledgeable and they worked hard to ensure that they understood and delivered exactly what we wanted. Attain undertook a significant piece of work for us, analysing line by line our acute contract and discovered around £69million worth of services that could potentially be delivered within the community. This work has formed the backbone of our five year plan, and as a consequence of this work we have re-engaged Attain on many occasions as a commissioning partner. One of the unique aspects of Attain is their public service ethos, and as such their pricing structure is truly competitive. I would recommend Attain to any NHS organisation requiring high quality commissioning support delivered with the right attitude and commitment that truly provides excellent value for money.”

Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning GroupJohn Marshall, Associate Director of Strategy and Collaboration

Wakefield CCG logo
“Trusted, professional colleagues to partner with in supporting our challenging transformation agenda.”

Wakefield Clinical Commissioning GroupPat Keane, Director of Strategy and Organisational Design

Mid Essex CCG logo
“The document is wonderful; Attain’s input has been invaluable and really appreciated. We are in a much stronger position now to improve cancer services in Mid Essex.”

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning GroupLiz Towers, GP and Cancer Lead

West London CCG logo“I have been really impressed by many members of the [Attain] team and the general approach of the organisation. In fact, I would say that I have never worked with a more dedicated group of individuals. The team supported the project from business planning through to delivering an innovative service in bespoke premises… The team had a clear strategy and worked with extraordinary energy to keep on top of all of the threads of this complex project. Attain have helped us to keep the project focused and we have met tight deadlines. I would not hesitate in recommending the team at Attain. I really hope that I have the opportunity to work with the them again in the future.”

West London CCG Board GP and Clinical Lead for Whole Systems Integrated CareDr Richard Hooker

East Riding of Yorkshire CCG“We like to use Attain as they deliver; they get stuck in with delivery rather than simply telling the CCG what to do.”

East Riding of Yorkshire CCGRichard Dodson, Chief Finance Officer

Hull City Council logo“Hull Health and Wellbeing Board has set an ambitious vision for the city – a city where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier and longer life and where children and young people will have the best start in life.

The transfer of commissioning responsibilities for services for 0–5 years from NHS England to the Hull City Council has provided us with an opportunity to further strengthen primary prevention, health promotion and early help to improve health outcomes for children, young people and families across Hull through the development of a 0–19 integrated public health model.

I am delighted to be working with Attain on this exciting service transformation. Attain has enabled us to translate our vision into action and delivery. By providing a tailored and supportive PMO function, I am confident that we have definition, structure, governance and management to deliver the project within the very challenging timescales. The quality, rigour and responsiveness of Attain’s approach has been an asset to our team.”

Hull City CouncilJulia Weldon, Director of Public Health
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