What is the Health Data Finder for Research?

The Health Data Finder for Research enables you, as a researcher, to find information about the UK healthcare data sets that are available for research and to direct you to the relevant data custodian experts to request access to these data sets. The aim of the Health Data Finder for Research is to help you navigate the UK health data landscape.

The Health Data Finder for Research includes the Metadata Catalogue, which is a catalogue describing the data sets available for research and contains information about these data sets, including coverage, provenance, attributes, spatiality and temporality. The Health Data Finder for Research does not provide direct access to the actual health data. The relevant data custodian experts will be able to assist you in requesting this access.

The Health Data Finder for Research has been developed in partnership with the following organisations: Clinical Practice Research Datalink, Health & Social Care Information Centre, NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative and Public Health England. Further information about these partners can be found in the Our Partners section. The Health Data Finder for Research will be continually developed over time. Please help us to improve and shape this site by sharing your thoughts via a short survey . Alternatively you can send in your feedback via the contact details on the Contact Us page.

Data sets

You can browse the Metadata Catalogue to find the health data sets that are available for your research, and view detailed information about these data sets.

As the Health Data Finder for Research evolves over time, new data sets will be added to the Metadata Catalogue.

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