Health Data Research Hubs
The Health Data Research Hubs provide a rich toolkit of healthcare datasets, infrastructure and expertise that enable users to identify, access, understand and use data to improve people’s lives.
Working in partnership with HDR UK, each Hub is the product of strong collaboration
between the NHS, academia, industry and the public and forms an integral part of the
vibrant UK research data ecosystem.
Although the initial Industrial Strategy Challenge Funding ends in March 2023, the Hubs continue to move forward with their unique expertise and datasets to enable data users to improve people’s lives.
What is a hub?
The Health Data Research Hubs are collaborations of leading universities, NHS Foundation Trusts and other non-academic partners that use their tools knowledge and expertise to facilitate the use of health data for beneficial research purposes. Each Hub is a centre of excellence supporting researchers to maximise the insights and innovations developed using this data.
The purpose of the Hubs
The purpose of the Hubs is to support external users from across the NHS, academia, and industry to use data for research and innovation. Each Hub holds topic-specific knowledge, expertise and data in different domains or data types. There are currently nine Hubs that provide coverage across multiple disease areas and data sources. Collectively, the Hubs work as a network to adopt similar ways of working and tackle challenges in data science through being members of the wider UK Health Data Research Alliance.
Each Hub is primed to receive your inquiry and to start understanding your data and research. As a first step download the Hub Guide below to learn more about the Hub concept. Then, you can contact the Hub which might best support your requirements.
Hub impact and timeline
Since the Hubs were set up in 2019, they have developed a long way. Here, you can see how they’ve evolved and the impact they are having in enabling research in a safe and secure way.
Developing New Hubs
Based on the successful Hubs model and the incredible potential to improve health and care across more areas, Health Data Research is interested in working with potential leads, funders and commercial organisations to develop new Hubs.
Alleviate is the APDP Pain Research Data Hub. Alleviate is transforming UK pain datasets to be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR).
DATAMIND will make the best use of the UK’s rich mental health data and enable coordinated research, with the ultimate aim of improving lives.
NHS DigiTrials focusses on the development of a foundation service to improve the assessment of clinical trial feasibility – supporting improved planning and delivery of clinical trials in the UK.
DATA-CAN is a UK-wide partnership that aims to unlock the power of health data to improve cancer care.
Gut Reaction harnesses the power of health data to help identify the best treatment for IBD.
Discover-NOW uses NHS data to support research to find ways to diagnose and treat disease.
INSIGHT is focused on eye disease and its application to wider health, including diabetes and dementia.
BREATHE enables high quality research and innovation to address respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD.
PIONEER allows innovative healthcare companies to develop, test and deliver advances in clinical care.