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

Care City

  • Hosted and run by Care City, in collaboration with health and council teams in Barking and Dagenham.
  • Aiming to build the skills of local analysts from across health and council teams to demonstrate the value of connected datasets, creating a community of analysts and a peer network.
  • Will use an existing linked dataset to explore two domains – social isolation and troubled families – and show how connected data can enhance insight.
  • Project will run from October 2018 to September 2019.

Analytics teams in health and council organisations are focused on reporting and analysis to inform future actions and decision-making. However, they use unconnected datasets. Linked datasets provide an opportunity to have a more complete understanding of service use, and population characteristics and behaviours.

This project, led by Care City in Barking, East London, aims to demonstrate the value of connected datasets.

In Barking and Dagenham, one of the most deprived communities in the UK, two areas of particular concern for health services and the council are social isolation and troubled families. This project will use a linked dataset to create a deeper understanding of these two areas, and to identify opportunities for partnership working between health and social care.

The project will use an existing five-year retrospective dataset which has linked data from councils, health providers and health commissioners at an individual level. The information is held securely and is anonymised. It includes information on individual characteristics (e.g. age, ethnicity, health status), features of the local area (e.g. transport accessibility, levels of deprivation), and their health and social care use (e.g. hospital attendances, GP contacts, social care packages).

Data analysis models will be developed and used to understand the relationships between a range of factors and service use for the two groups of interest: people who are social isolated and troubled families.

The outputs will be used to inform local services and investments, as well as demonstrating the value of using connected data. It will also build a local community of analysts across health and council teams, creating a peer network and enhancing learning.

Contact information

For more information about this project, contact Jenny Shand, Executive Lead, Care City.

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