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


This programme is closed for applications.

  • Our Advancing Applied Analytics is aimed at improving analytical capability in support of health and care services.
  • In each round of the programme, we have £750,000 of funding to support up to 12 project teams across the UK over 15 months.
  • The programme is now closed for applications.

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. 

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

We are looking to 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.  

In the fourth round of this programme we have £750,000 of funding to support up to 12 good quality projects that: 

  • improve analytical capability and can show how this will support better care in the future
  • are led by a local/regional NHS or social care provider or commissioning organisation including local authorities, though partnerships with other groups and sectors are welcome
  • could benefit from funding of up to £75,000 per project 
  • starts no later than September 2020 for a maximum duration of 15 months.

We are willing to consider applications on a broad range of topics, provided these can demonstrate how they will lead to improvements in analytical capability. We are 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.

For this round, we are especially interested:

  1. Projects that help senior managers and clinicians understand the value of better analytics. So, for example we are keen to support initiatives that test out innovative approaches to engaging senior staff in data analytics. 
  2. Projects that demonstrate a clear path from the initial project to longer-term and sustainable changes beyond the life of the individual project.  

The Health Foundation is a Living Wage Employer and a Living Wage Friendly Funder. Find out more about our status

Support from NHSX

For the first time, this fourth round of the Advancing Applied Analytics programme will be supported by NHSX. NHSX is leading the largest digital health and social care transformation programme in the world and aims to drive digital, analytical and tech maturity in local NHS organisations in order to improve care.

By supporting the Advancing Applied Analytics programme NHSX is focusing on these aims and on innovation in the NHS. NHSX will contribute to the selection process by nominating assessors to take part, alongside many other external stakeholders from across the UK and colleagues that act as peer reviewers. NHSX will also offer support to successful projects to facilitate sustained improvement and spread of innovation across health and social care. 

The Health Foundation will continue to lead and manage each project with the same approach as all previous rounds and will be responsible for final selection of successful projects. 

Further information can be found on the NHSX website

    Related publications

    Thought paper

    Understanding analytical capability in health care

    December 2016

    This paper explores issues around both supply and demand that need to be addressed to ensure good...


    Untapped potential: Investing in health and care data analytics

    May 2019

    More investment is needed in skilled analysts to unlock the full potential of NHS data to benefit...

    Advanced Analytics Development Programme: Creating analytical networks

    Improvement project

    This project brought together analysts, managers and clinicians across a whole health economy to build a sustainable, self-supporting network of analytical capacity.

    Building an analytical framework around the Electronic Frailty Index to transform care for people living with frailty

    Improvement project

    This project used a whole-system analytical framework to identify all frail patients in Midlothian, and provided support to general practices to analyse the data and measure improvement.

    Developing a community of practice around capacity planning for the Kent and Medway sustainability and transformation partnership

    Improvement project

    This project developed new ways to support population health modelling and better service design within Kent and Medway STP.

    Linking health and local government data at household level to understand social determinants of health

    Improvement project

    This project created an innovative, household-level linked dataset between NHS and local government in order to improve the use of information in the health care system and local government in Islingt...

    Modelling elective pathways across the Devon health economy to better inform strategic STP decision-making

    Improvement project

    This project used innovative statistical techniques to develop high-level models of the elective care system to predict and inform the impact of proposed changes on patient flow, outcomes and cost.

    Making sense of a sea of data: the Royal Derby Hospital bioinformatics training programme

    Improvement project

    This project delivered a tailored research design and statistical training programme to train staff within the Royal Derby Hospital to increase their ability to analyse electronic data.

    Pathways to cancer diagnosis: Monitoring variation in the patient journey across Northern Ireland

    Improvement project

    This project aims to improve understanding of the variation in routes-to-diagnosis (for example screen-detected, GP referral, emergency presentation) of cancer in Northern Ireland, in order to increas...

    Establishing an NHS-R community to exploit the power of R for the NHS

    Improvement project

    This project aims to kick-start the use of the ‘R’ statistical and graphics programming language in the NHS in order to improve data analysis and develop shared solutions.

    Using predictive analysis to prevent mental health crisis

    Improvement project

    This project piloted a new risk stratification model that aims to help clinicians prevent mental health patients from needing urgent hospital care.

    One Gloucestershire Analytical Development Programme

    Improvement project

    This project aimed to develop and implement a schedule of training programmes to improve analytical capability across the Gloucestershire health and care system.

    Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

    Work with us

    We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

    View current vacancies
    Artboard 101 copy 2

    The Q community

    Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

    Find out more