Our Partners

The Health Data Finder for Research was developed in partnership with the following organisations. For more information about the partner organisations of the Health Data Finder for Research, please click on the links below.

As the Health Data Finder for Research is continually developed over time, new partner organisations and the data sets they provide will be expected to be added. Information about any new partners will be included on this page.

National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is established as a part of the Government's strategy, 'Best Research for Best Health'. Together we are committed to establishing the NHS as an internationally recognised centre of research excellence supporting outstanding individuals, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

Clinical Practice Research Datalink

Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), jointly funded by the agency and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), is the UK's preeminent research service providing access to anonymised NHS data for research. CPRD services are designed to maximise the way anonymised NHS clinical data can be used to improve and safeguard public health. For more than 20 years data provided by CPRD have been used in a range of drug safety and epidemiological studies that have impacted on health care and resulted in over 1500 peer-reviewed publications. The UK is in a unique global position to use clinical records in novel ways for patient recruitment, clinical trials management and follow up. In addition to supporting high quality observational research, CPRD is developing world leading services based on using real world data to support clinical trials and intervention studies.

NHS Digital

NHS Digital is the trusted national provider of information, data and IT systems for commissioners, analysts and clinicians in health and social care. It was set up as the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) as an executive non-departmental public body in April 2013, sponsored by the Department of Health, and renamed NHS Digital on 1st August 2016. It employs 2,500 staff, mostly IT specialists, programme and project managers, statisticians, analysts and information security experts.

NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative

The NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative (NIHR HIC) brings together five of the country's leading NHS Trusts with large NIHR Biomedical Research Centres to make NHS clinical data more readily available to researchers, industry and the NHS community.

The NIHR HIC consists of partnerships of hospital trusts and their academic institution as follow:

  1. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Oxford;

  2. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Cambridge;

  3. Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London;

  4. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London; and

  5. University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University College London.

At this stage, it focuses on five scientific themes, including:

  1. viral hepatology;

  2. acute coronary syndromes;

  3. ovarian cancer;

  4. renal transplantation; and

  5. critical care.

The data sets for each theme are currently being developed and collected. It is expected that access to these data sets can be requested from April 2016. In the meantime, the Health Data Finder for Research can provide you with contact details where you can submit your enquiries about these data sets to.

Public Health England

Public Health England (PHE) protects and improves the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduces health inequalities. PHE is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health. It was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service.