In-house data analytics

Publications, briefings and blogs from our in-house data analytics team

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To improve care quality, health and social care organisations need data spanning all domains of care quality and from across the health system and beyond.

Data are required to make patient care effective, to help front-line improvement programmes learn, to help managers make informed decisions and ensure that national policy makers and commissioners are responding to trends in quality, equity, access, and population health.

The Health Foundation's in-house data analytics team uses linked data and novel analytics to monitor and analyse the quality of health care in the UK. We offer insights on the major trends driving the demand for NHS care, examine the quality of care that's being delivered and show how the NHS could improve care for patients. The team examines various aspects of care quality, how the NHS is delivering care, clinical effectiveness of care, and the impact of the patient’s wider social determinants on quality and outcomes. They also work closely with our Improvement Analytics Unit and colleagues examining health care policy.

Featured work

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Understanding the health care needs of people with multiple health conditions

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

Briefing

Reducing emergency admissions

This briefing explores the link between how well patients feel able to manage their long-term conditions such as asthma, diab...

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Children’s A&E attendances: Linking data to explore why parents’ mental health matters

A new data linkage study examines drivers of children's use of health care services such as who they live with and the health...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Briefing
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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.

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.

How to enable the uptake of technology in the NHS?

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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...

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

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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

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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...

3 ways we’re helping to build data analytics capability

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28 September 2018

Here are three ways the Health Foundation is helping to support the use of data and the work of analysts, to improve quality of care.

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