Insight Research Programme 2017 A programme to advance the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality


This programme is closed for applications.

  • £1.6 million of funding for five research projects that aim to advance the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK.
  • The programme comprises two funding streams for small and large-scale awards.
  • Projects running from March 2018.

We recognise that digitisation and analysis of data and information play an important role in supporting health care systems to continuously learn and improve.

The rich information held in national clinical audits and registries can be used to inform improvements in health care quality. However, national audits and registries are yet to realise their full potential in the UK.

The Health Foundation’s £1.6 million Insight Research Programme 2017 funding invited researchers to submit ideas for research that will advance the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK.

Funding streams

There were two funding streams:

  • Small-scale awards – up to £100,000 to support innovative research that is particularly novel or conducted at a small scale, to be completed over 18 months. This could include standalone research studies, and feasibility or pilot studies.
  • Large-scale awards – between £300,000 and £400,000 for substantive studies across more than one site and/or location of innovative and ambitious research with the potential to support transformational change, to be completed over three years.

Research aims

The programme is funding research that either:

  • broadens the involvement of patients in the design and collection of clinical audit and registry data, specifically the collection and use of patient reported outcomes
  • demonstrates the value of linking clinical audit and registry data to other data, to improve the value of health care
  • explores variation in metrics of clinical quality and outlier identification to determine priorities for improvement.

LAUNCHES QI: Linking AUdit and National datasets in Congenital HEart Services for Quality Improvement

Research project

This project will describe patient trajectories through secondary and tertiary care from birth to adulthood; identify metrics for driving quality improvement and informing commissioning; and explore v...

NED-APRIQOT – National Endoscopy Database: Automated Performance Reports to Improve Quality Outcomes Trial

Research project

This project aims to improve colonoscopy polyp detection in the UK, and so improve outcomes.

OPTimising routine collection of electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes into disease registries (OPT-ePRO)

Research project

This project will examine how best to engage patients, clinicians and commissioners in routine collection of electronic patient-reported outcomes into disease registries, using the UKRR as an exemplar...

Developing and implementing machine learning driven analytics for quality improvement in health care

Research project

This project will develop new tools to detect and interpret variation in stroke care quality and patient outcomes, and support better use of data for quality improvement in stroke care.

Variation in patient pathways and hospital admissions for exacerbations of COPD: linking the National COPD Audit with CPRD data

Research project

This project is investigating how variations in clinical care and patient pathways affect hospital admissions for exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) across England.

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