The Networked Data Lab A collaborative network of analytical teams across the UK working together using linked datasets on key issues facing health and care services today.

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  • The Networked Data Lab provides national and local health system leaders with insights from data to take action in order to improve the UK’s health and care.   
  • We work closely with our five partners across the UK who are embedded within their local health   and care systems and have detailed knowledge of both their local health and care environments and their linked data sets.

The Networked Data Lab (NDL) is a pioneering collaborative network of analysts who use linked data, open analytics, and public and patient involvement to tackle the most pressing challenges in health and social care.

We work closely with our five partners across the UK:

  • The Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science (ACHDS) which includes NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen 
  • Public Health Wales, Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW), Swansea University (SAIL Databank) and Social Care Wales (SCW)
  • Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP), Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI), Imperial College London (ICL), and North West London CCGs 
  • Liverpool CCG and Healthy Wirral Partnership 
  • Leeds CCG and Leeds City Council

A federated approach to analytics allows us to conduct analyses on datasets held by different NDL partners and to combine these insights without requiring data to be shared and held in a central location. We are able to conduct rapid and novel analyses that cannot be done at a national level because of a lack of available linked data.  Through our partners, we are able to build a picture nationally. 

Newsletter feature

Networked Data Lab: using linked data to tackle health and care challenges

17 December 2021
Newsletter feature

Kathryn Marszalek from the Health Foundation and Dr Jessica Butler from the University of...

Topic 1: COVID-19 and the clinically extremely vulnerable population

Through a collaborative process with partners, along with public and public engagement, the Networked Data Lab focuses on a local priority for analysis.

Our first topic analysed the impact of the pandemic on those shielding.

All NDL partners highlighted clinically extremely vulnerable people as a priority group in their areas.

Briefing

Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the clinically extremely vulnerable population

October 2021
Briefing

We present analysis from the Networked Data Lab on the impact the pandemic has had on the clinically...

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Understanding the needs of those most clinically vulnerable to COVID-19

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This analysis from the Networked Data Lab examines the evidence about those asked to shield during...

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Who was advised to shield from COVID-19?

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This analysis from the Networked Data Lab explores demographic variation in people advised to shield...

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How has hospital use among those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 been impacted by the pandemic?

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Using secondary care data linked to the shielded patient list, this analysis explores the pandemic's...

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Local analyses on those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19

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The Networked Data Lab partners have each carried out further analyses on the impact of shielding...

Topic 2: Children and young people’s mental health

The NDL is currently looking at children and young people’s mental health. We plan to publish our research on this in the spring of 2022.  

In the latter half of 2022 we’ll be looking at social care.

Latest content

Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the clinically extremely vulnerable population

Briefing
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October 2021

We present analysis from the Networked Data Lab on the impact the pandemic has had on the clinically extremely vulnerable population.

Local analyses on those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19

Article
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15 June 2021

The Networked Data Lab partners have each carried out further analyses on the impact of shielding on their clinically extremely vulnerable populations. 

How has hospital use among those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 been impacted by the pandemic?

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24 March 2021

Using secondary care data linked to the shielded patient list, this analysis explores the pandemic's impact on hospital care use among clinically extremely vulnerable people during the first wave

Who was advised to shield from COVID-19?

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27 January 2021

This analysis from the Networked Data Lab explores demographic variation in people advised to shield from COVID-19.

Understanding the needs of those most clinically vulnerable to COVID-19

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9 December 2020

This analysis from the Networked Data Lab examines the evidence about those asked to shield during the pandemic and calls for a deeper understanding of the policy's impacts.

Using data to tackle COVID-19: what we’ve learned at the Network Data Lab

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23 July 2020

Since October 2019, the Networked Data Lab programme team has been working to select local health and care system partners from across the UK. Here, we draw three main lessons from what we've learned ...

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