In-house data analytics

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


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.

We are committed to sharing our code to increase the reproducibility and transparency of our work and to enable us to collaborate with others. On GitHub we collect and share resources and code from our work.

Featured work


Artificial intelligence in the NHS: getting the priorities right

The NHS’s new AI lab needs to focus on the needs of patients and the health system, argue Adam Steventon, Sarah Deeny, Josh K...


Untapped potential: Investing in health and care data analytics

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


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...

A descriptive analysis of health care use by high cost, high need patients in England

Working paper
October 2019

This paper explores health care use by the top 5% of users of primary and secondary care services by cost.

Fixing the UK's broken social care system

14 October 2019

The decisions we make about technology today will have implications for the entire social care system, says Lydia Nicholas, from tech think tank Doteveryone.

Artificial intelligence in the NHS: getting the priorities right

4 October 2019

The NHS’s new AI lab needs to focus on the needs of patients and the health system, argue Adam Steventon, Sarah Deeny, Josh Keith and Arne Wolters.

How can the NHS make the most of risk prediction tools?

30 August 2019

If developed wisely, risk prediction tools could help clinicians provide earlier diagnosis and better care. But could using AI also inadvertently make health inequalities worse?

A positive step towards a digital future but technology needs to be driven by patient need

Press release
8 August 2019

Health Foundation response to government announcement of new investment in technology and AI.

Health Foundation to fund 10 innovative projects aiming to improve analytical capability in health and care services

31 July 2019

This programme aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services.

A unique partnership driving improvement with data

Newsletter feature
30 July 2019

An interview with Martin Caunt, Programme Director for the Improvement Analytics Unit, about this unique partnership with NHS England.

Social inequalities and primary care networks: realising the potential through advancing data and analytics

25 July 2019

Better data linkage across primary care and other community-based services has the potential to help reduce socioeconomic inequalities. Data linkage could enrich our understanding of a patient’s socia...

The impact of providing an enhanced package of care for care home residents in Nottingham City

July 2019

Examining whether enhanced support had an effect on hospital utilisation for new residents who moved into care homes in Nottingham City.

The impact of providing enhanced support for care home residents in Wakefield

July 2019

Evaluating the early effects on hospital use from the first phase of an enhanced support initiative for older people living in care homes in Wakefield.

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