Advancing Applied Analytics

This funding programme aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services

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This programme will be open for application in January 2019.

  • The programme is now closed for applications and will open again on Thursday 17 January 2019.
  • Our Advancing Applied Analytics programme is aimed at improving analytical capability in support of health and care services.
  • We offer £750,000 of funding to support up to 12 project teams across the UK over 15 months.

Good quality analysis and the ability to use information effectively is an essential element in any learning health care system. Analysis can help shape care for individual patients as well as informing decisions for services or across organisations and health systems.

Aims

The Health Foundation’s Advancing Applied Analytics programme aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services.

Through this programme we support analysts who are working on local innovative and ambitious projects that can demonstrate how they will improve analytical capability in support of health and care services and provide lessons for the wider care system. 

We don't focusing on specific themes but consider applications from a broad range of areas, provided these can demonstrate improvements in analytical capability. We are especially interested in projects that address the capability deficiencies we identified in our report Understanding analytical capability in health care.

For example:

  • better understand and structure the problems faced by managers/clinicians 
  • access and understand the evidence and information that can be brought to bear on a problem
  • apply appropriate and robust methods to manipulate information and data
  • communicate findings accurately and clearly.

Projects

In the second round of this programme we are supporting 11 teams with £750,000 of funding. The projects aim to improve analytical capability and show how this will support better care in the future.

They are led by a local/regional NHS or social care provider or commissioning organisation, including local authorities, though partnerships with other groups and sectors.

Each project benefits from funding of up to £75,000 and will run for a maximum duration of 15 months.

    Developing a versatile tool for modelling pathway capacity in NHS organisations

    Improvement project

    This project will involve developing a versatile pathway tool that will allow NHS managers to understand and model patient flow, and so improve understanding of how care pathways are performing.

    System-wide early warning tool for acute pathways based on actionable intelligence

    Improvement project

    This project involved implementing a system-wide early warning tool for acute pathways that will allow better response planning, using advanced data analysis techniques.

    Mind the gap: developing effective communications between decision-makers and analysts in health and care

    Improvement project

    This project aims to close the gap between decision-makers and analysts in health care organisations by developing a framework and a set of recommendations to improve communication and the transfer of...

    Building analyst capabilities to demonstrate the value of connected health and council data

    Improvement project

    This project will involve using an existing linked dataset to explore two domains – social isolation and troubled families – and show how connected data can enhance insight.

    Can interactive data visualisation help clinicians improve patient care?

    Improvement project

    This project aims to improve the way in which data visualisation is used by clinicians so that it can lead to improvements in quality of care, and will explore clinicians’ requirements of data tools a...

    Applying best-in-class analytics to a whole-system approach to managing knee problems

    Improvement project

    This project will involve using a best-in-class approach to improving patient outcomes and service efficiency across the joint pain and elective care pathway, with analysts, managers and practitioners...

    A clinically driven multidisciplinary team approach to data science

    Improvement project

    This project will involve developing a multidisciplinary team approach to data science, including analysts, clinicians and operational staff, which will help analytics to answer more clinically releva...

    Simulation modelling in mental health services

    Improvement project

    This project will involve increasing mental health analytic capacity and capability to allow better understanding of the problems faced by people accessing services, and to improve planning and delive...

    ABCi Mathematical Modelling and Analytics Academy

    Improvement project

    This project will involve developing a training programme for frontline staff in data analysis and mathematical modelling techniques, to overcome barriers to the adoption of modelling and analytical t...

    Use of novel modelling techniques and routinely collected data to explore responses to winter pressures

    Improvement project

    This project will involve refining a novel modelling technique to simulate patient flow using readily available routine data in order to provide new flow models to support decision making and change m...

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