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 provides national and local health system leaders with insights from data to take action in order to improve the UK’s health and care 
  • It creates an active community of data analysts working together on shared challenges, and promotes 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 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, the following partners were 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 and Healthy Wirral Partnership

  • Leeds CCG and Leeds City Council    

The Networked Data Lab 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 engage with patients and the public from the start to inform analysis, ensuring that data is used in a legitimate and transparent way.  As we progress together, the Networked Data Lab provides local and national health system leaders with insights from the data. This equips 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 carries out data stewardship activities, and creates open source tools for the wider analytics community to use. 

Latest content

Local analyses on those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19

15 June 2021

The Networked Data Lab partners have each carried out further analyses on the impact of shielding on their clinically extremely vulnerable populations. 

How has hospital use among those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 been impacted by the pandemic?

24 March 2021

Using secondary care data linked to the shielded patient list, this analysis explores the pandemic's impact on hospital care use among clinically extremely vulnerable people during the first wave

Who was advised to shield from COVID-19?

27 January 2021

This analysis from the Networked Data Lab explores demographic variation in people advised to shield from COVID-19.

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

9 December 2020

This analysis from the Networked Data Lab examines the evidence about those asked to shield during the pandemic and calls for a deeper understanding of the policy's impacts.

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 and care system partners from across the UK. Here, we draw three main lessons from what we've learned ...

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