About the HDF

What is the HDF?

The Health Data Finder for Research has been established by the Health and Social Care System to help maximise the use of health and social care data by researchers to benefit patients and the NHS, while ensuring there is robust and appropriate governance of data access. It supports the vision for the UK to be the best place in the world to carry out research to the benefit of UK patients.

It has been recognised that health outcomes for patients will be improved because of better care and faster access to novel treatment as a result of a rich health data environment for research generating efficiencies for the NHS and the health and social care it provides.

It promotes the UK as the preferred location for discovery science and development of medicines / treatments, and stimulates additional investment from the health care industry including pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

The aim is to provide you with a better understanding of the data sets potentially available for research and guidance on how to engage with the right data custodian experts to discuss your requirements.

If you are looking for data for other non-research purposes, such as commissioning, please contact the relevant organisations directly.