The Networked Data Lab A collaborative network of analytical teams across the UK working together using linked datasets on key issues facing health and care services today.

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  • The Networked Data Lab will provide national and local health system leaders with insights from data to take action in order to improve the UK’s health and care 
  • It will also help create an active community of data analysts working together on shared challenges, and will promote the use of analytics in improving health and social care 
  • The application process closed in early 2020, and the interview stage for applicants took place in April 2020, with the aim of finding three partners to join the Networked Data Lab.  

The Networked Data Lab is a new collaborative network of advanced analytical teams across the UK working together on shared challenges and promoting the use of analytics in improving health and social care.

Using linked data, we will work together to understand and try to solve the toughest health and care issues facing the UK today.  

Following an extensive application and interview process, we are delighted to announce the following partners have been selected to work with us: 

  • The Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science (ACHDS) which includes NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen   

  • Public Health Wales, NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS), Swansea University (SAIL Databank) and Social Care Wales (SCW)  

  • Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP), Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI), Imperial College London (ICL), and North West London CCGs  

  • Liverpool CCG, Healthy Wirral Partnership and Citizens Advice Bureau 

  • Leeds CCG and Leeds City Council    

We are also pleased to announce that the Networked Data Lab has accelerated its planned expansion to five partners, on the basis of the strength of the applications, and their use of linked data sets.  

The first national network of its kind, we will engage with patients and the public from the start to inform its analysis, ensuring that data is used in a legitimate and transparent way.  As we progress together, the Networked Data Lab will provide local and national health system leaders with insights from the data. This will equip them to take action in order to improve the UK’s health and care systems, including addressing COVID-19 and widening health and care inequalities.  

The Networked Data Lab will carry out data stewardship activities, and will create open source tools for the wider analytics community to use. 

Further reading

Press release

Meet the network of data experts looking to solve the UK’s most pressing health and care challenges

22 July 2020
Press release

The Health Foundation has today announced that five partner organisations have joined its Networked...


Using data to tackle COVID-19: what we’ve learned at the Network Data Lab

23 July 2020

Since October 2019, the Networked Data Lab programme team has been working to select local health...


Understanding the needs of those most clinically vulnerable to COVID-19


This analysis from the Networked Data Lab examines the evidence about those asked to shield during...

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