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.

All NDL partners highlighted clinically extremely vulnerable people as a priority group in their areas, so our first topic analysed the impact of the pandemic on those shielding.

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

October 2021
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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.

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Children and young people’s mental health

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We explore what we know about the state of children and young people’s mental health services using...

More about the Networked Data Lab

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

Please see the following articles for further background and information about our work, or email us to find out more.

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...

Newsletter blog

Introducing the Networked Data Lab

29 October 2019
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We are seeking partners to join our new investment to accelerate the use of data to improve health...

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