Analytics and data

Analytics and data can allow us to understand how health and the quality of care is changing, and where it might be improved


Our in-house Data Analytics team and the Improvement Analytics Unit (our partnership with NHS Improvement) use robust quantitative analysis and statistical methods. They look at the quality of health care across the UK, from local projects and nationwide trends.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

The importance of good-quality hospital data

17 January 2019

Good quality data not only helps patients receive better care, it makes for better research and analysis too

Older people living alone are 50% more likely to visit A&E than those who live with others

Press release
13 December 2018

Our latest research explores the connection between older people living alone and health care use.

Health and health care use of older people living alone

12 December 2018

December 2018 Chart of the Month. We examined the characteristics of people aged 65 or older living alone and the impact that living arrangements have on their health and health care use. 

Living alone matters

13 December 2018

Principal Data Analyst Kathryn Dreyer uses data to explore the connection between older people living alone and A&E attendance.

Identifying the active ingredients for success

6 December 2018

In his latest blog post, Adam Steventon, Director of Data Analytics, welcomes new investment in community health care teams but encourages the NHS to build on past evaluations.

Understanding the health care needs of people with multiple health conditions

November 2018

As the number of people with multiple health conditions grows, meeting their needs will be one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS.

How to enable the uptake of technology in the NHS?

23 October 2018

Responding to Matt Hancock’s argument that the NHS will fall behind the curve if it waits to evaluate benefits before implementing new technology, Adam Steventon says evaluation is crucial and outline...

Developing a versatile tool for modelling pathway capacity in NHS organisations

Improvement project

This project will involve developing a versatile pathway tool that will allow NHS managers to understand and model patient flow, and so improve understanding of how care pathways are performing.

Integrated care teams: insights from our latest Improvement Analytics Unit study

17 October 2018

As the population ages, more people are living with complex health needs, including multiple conditions and frailty. In his latest blog, Adam Steventon outlines the findings of the latest Improvement ...

Why before-and-after analyses can give misleading results

Newsletter feature
28 September 2018

If you want to know if a change in care makes a difference to patients’ outcomes, it seems logical to compare these patients’ outcomes before and after they received the intervention. This kind of eva...

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