HDR UK North is a regional network which is part of HDR UK’s National Institute for health data research. HDR UK North was established in 2020 as part of the national HDR UK Better Care Programme with a focus on older people with frailty – a subgroup of people with multimorbidity who are at especially high risk of adverse outcomes, including the care home population.

The North of England has a population of over 16 million people with some of the worst health outcomes and 19 of the 20 most deprived local authorities are in the North. Our strategic focus continues to be on multimorbidity as our population includes areas of the UK with the highest levels of multimorbidity nationally, and the associated inequalities that extend across our diverse communities. HDR UK North connects regional expertise and utilises the region’s health data assets to tackle research challenges in areas such as managing treatment burden, polypharmacy, reducing hospital admissions and improving patient outcomes.

The regional network is led by Co-Directors Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed and Professor Andrew Clegg, alongside a wider leadership team from across the North of England.


Associate Directors


  • Maria Roche – Health Innovation North East and North Cumbria

Regional Manager

Lead Organisation

Partner Organisations

    • Ensure new discoveries using health data translate into improvements in health and wellbeing by establishing strong cross-sector partnerships across the region.
    • Catalogue the North region’s data assets and resources and facilitate data sharing across multiple systems.
    • Leverage further funding by submitting collaborative regional applications and build research capacity by supporting doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships.
    • Shape and support the data science capabilities of the NHS and local authority workforce across the region through co-developed learning and knowledge exchange activities.