UK institutions get £54m for data-led healthcare project

DataIQ News

The concept of using data to improve the nation's health has received another boost after Health Data Research UK - the government backed organisation - revealed it is awarding £54m in funding to address healthcare issues through the use of data science as well as to boost professional training.

From April, six dedicated sites will work collaboratively with Health Data Research UK in an effort to make improvements in people’s health by harnessing data science at scale across the UK.

The sites will be based in Cambridge, London, the Midlands, Oxford, Scotland, and Wales/Northern Ireland with 22 institutions including the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, UCL,  Imperial College London and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust taking part.

All have a track record in using health data to derive new knowledge, scientific discovery and insight; and have worked in close partnership with NHS bodies and the public to translate research findings into benefits for patients and populations.

Professor Andrew Morris, director of Health Data Research UK, said: “This marks the start of a unique opportunity for scientists, researchers and clinicians to use their collective expertise to transform the health of the population.“The six sites have tremendous individual strengths and will form a solid foundation for our long-term ambition.

“By working together and with NHS and industry partners to the highest ethical standards, our vision is to harness data science on a national scale. This will unleash the potential for data and technologies to drive breakthroughs in medical research, improving the way we are able to prevent, detect and diagnose diseases like cancer, heart disease and asthma."

Some £24 million will be invested in upcoming activities, including a Future Talent Programme and work to address targeted data research challenges through additional partnership sites.