Supporting better analytics in the health and care system Our funding and support is helping to grow communities of analysts, provide tools, and spread best practice in analytics

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Making sense of health care data has the potential to shape improvements to NHS services. But we’re only starting to see the difference that can be made by using insights to improve quality of care. 

We champion better analytics by supporting teams of analysts, clinicians, decision-makers and managers directly through our funded programme, Advancing Applied Analytics. We’re seeing the development of exciting projects across the UK that show ways to improve analytical capability through innovative applied analysis and shared learning across networks of peers and researchers.

Growing communities of analysts is a priority for us. We’re funding important networks that can help share learning, insights and experience across the health and care system to reduce duplication, make available open-source solutions to common problems and promote a community of practice.   

In parallel, we work to increase demand for quality analysis by addressing analytical capability at board and executive level.

Our Untapped potential report sets out how decision-makers and leaders in the system are deploying their analytics resources to improve care, and our Analytical Capability Index allows organisations to measure and benchmark their current capability.

As part of our work in this area we're also collaborating with Health Data Research UK to fund and support projects aimed at demonstrating how patient care can be improved through data-driven decisions.

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Advancing Applied Analytics

This programme offers £750,000 of funding to support up to 12 project teams aiming to improve...

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Analytical Capability Index

A tool to allow health and care organisations to measure and benchmark their current capability in...

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Supporting the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts

Helping analytical networks to improve learning and the application of better analysis.

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The power of R for the NHS

Why is a statistical programming language having an impact on the NHS?

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PLETHORA: collaborating to create stronger data analysis

Bringing together academic researchers and health service analysts to improve the delivery of health...

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Catalyst Projects

An initiative to improve patient care through data-driven health and care decisions.

Our publications

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Untapped potential: Investing in health and care data analytics

May 2019

More investment is needed in skilled analysts to unlock the full potential of NHS data to benefit...

Thought paper

Understanding analytical capability in health care

December 2016

This paper explores issues around both supply and demand that need to be addressed to ensure good...

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