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

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This programme is closed for applications.

  • 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 
  • We’re looking for three local data teams to partner with us, with an initial investment of up to £400,000 per site over two years 
  • The window to submit an expression of interest bid (phase I) is now closed

The window to submit an expression of interest bid (phase I) is now closed. Thank you to those who submitted applications. We are currently assessing the expression of interest bids which will progress to full application submission (phase II) from 15 January 2020. From there, we will progress a select number of applicants through to the interview stage (phase III) in March 2020, with final selection taking place in April 2020. We look forward to announcing our selected local partners at this time.

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

We are seeking expressions of interest from potential partners from across the UK who have already created a linked dataset across health and social care.  We are especially interested in teams that are embedded in their health and care service and have established relationships with local decision makers and other local stakeholders.  

Each partner in the Networked Data Lab will receive an initial investment of up to £400,000 over two years to use rich linked datasets from across health and social care to build knowledge. This knowledge will generate key insights that will deepen understanding of the factors affecting people’s health.  

The first national network of its kind, the Networked Data Lab 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 would equip them to take action in order to improve the UK’s health and care systems - including addressing widening health inequalities, alongside the challenges presented by social care provision and the social determinants of health.  

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

Please email us at for more information on the programme.

Further reading

Newsletter blog

Introducing the Networked Data Lab

29 October 2019

We are seeking partners to join our new investment to accelerate the use of data to improve health...

Press release

New national data network to address major health and care challenges

29 October 2019

The Health Foundation has announced that it is creating a network of data specialists from across...

Newsletter feature

Data Linkage: joining up the dots to improve patient care

28 September 2018

Despite the scale of the data collected by the NHS it is often not linked together in helpful ways,...

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