The Health Foundation has selected 10 projects to take part in the fourth round of its Advancing Applied Analytics programme, which aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services.

The 10 local, innovative and ambitious projects will provide lessons for the wider health and care system, with ideas that can be replicated in other areas or specialisms. 

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 inform decisions for services or across organisations and health systems. 

The Advancing Applied Analytics programme is part of the Health Foundation’s work on data analytics and follows on from our report, Understanding analytical capability in health care. This fourth round of the programme is supporting good quality projects that address the capability deficiencies we identified in this report.

Each project is led by a local or regional NHS or social care provider or commissioning organisation, and will run for up to 15 months, with each team receiving up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of findings from their work. The projects will start by September 2020.

For the first time, this round of the Advancing Applied Analytics programme will be supported by NHSX, which is driving digital, analytical and tech maturity in local NHS organisations in order to improve care. NHSX will provide support to the 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. 

Ellen Coughlan, Programme Manager at the Health Foundation, said:

'Analysis can help shape care for individual patients, as well as inform decisions for services or across organisations and health systems. 

'Our Advancing Applied Analytics programme aims to increase capability and capacity with regards to analytics. This fourth round of the programme is focusing on addressing the capability deficiencies that we have previously identified. The 10 projects we have selected will demonstrate how better analysis can lead to better patient care.

Dr Sarah Culkin, head of analytics at NHSX, said:

'At NHSX we want to encourage the use of analytics across the NHS and social care as we know it can help local organisations plan and provide better services for their patients and staff. 

'The ten successful projects could each bring huge benefits to the NHS and social care and we look forward to supporting teams as their work progresses.'

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