Health Data Research UK, the independent, non-profit organisation whose backers include the British Heart Foundation, The Medical Research Council and the UK Government, is launching a new scheme designed to help organisations improve patient care through analysing large-scale data.
The programme will include up to four projects and a new partnership that will be integrated into Health Data Research’s existing research initiatives.
The Better Care Partnership has been established to lead the new data science initiative, which could receive up to £1.2 million in funding over the next three years. It will link clinical practice, large scale health data and advanced analytics in an effort to deliver insights for improving care for patients across the UK.
In addition, Health Data Research will also support one year "catalyst projects" to demonstrate how patient care can be improved through data-driven health and care decisions.
The organisation is teaming up with the Health Foundation to support the projects, which could each receive up to £200,000.
Professor Simon Ball, medical director at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and national lead for Health Data Research’s Better Care priority, said: “As healthcare professionals, we make hundreds of decisions a week with our patients. In doing so we aim to decide what will work best for each individual.
“Electronic healthcare records offer the opportunity to combine patients’ data with information on best practice, so that we can reliably deliver high quality care in complex settings and pressured environments.
“Beyond that we can use the resulting data on patients’ outcomes and experience to continuously learn from, and improve on, every day practice in ways that are applicable across the NHS.”
Organisations will be expected to demonstrate how they plan to listen to patients and understand their wishes about how their health data will be used as well as show how patients will be involved at all stages. The aim is to use health data responsibly and ethically with a clear focus on improving patient care.
The closing date for applications is March 11 with the scheme due to go live in May 2020.