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

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Being run by Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Nottingham.
  • Aiming to train staff within the Royal Derby Hospital to increase their ability to analyse electronic data. 
  • Will deliver a tailored research design and statistical training programme, and support the completion of projects that use real data to address important health care issues.
  • Running from January 2018 to March 2019.

The rapid increase in the amount of electronic data available provides opportunities for institutions to implement and evaluate interventions to improve care. The Royal Derby Hospital (RDH) has recently taken advantage of this by completing a series of studies aimed at improving health care efficiency, in partnership with the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Nottingham. 

This project will build on that collaboration by training and supporting staff within the RDH to increase their ability to analyse electronic data and ultimately drive change. 

The first component of the project will involve developing and delivering a research design and statistical training programme. This will teach staff how to locate appropriate data in order to investigate, and measure the extent of, a particular health care problem. They will learn how to manage, analyse and interpret the data, and efficiently prepare reports that will allow decisions to be made about change or intervention.

The second component involves supporting four to six bioanalysts to deliver projects that use real data to address issues raised by clinicians as being important to health care at RDH. So, for example, projects might include exploring how the availability of drugs affects how long people stay in hospital, and describing the use of cancer biomarkers and anti-smoking medication at the hospital. 

These projects will allow participants to use their analytical skills to improve understanding of current health care delivery, leading to improvements that can benefit patients. 

Contact information

For more information about this project, please contact Mark Norwood, Director of Information Technology, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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