September 23, 2021

£1m funding call for Pathfinder Projects that use data at scale to improve health outcomes for Londoners

The London Health Data Strategy has launched a funding call for health improvement Pathfinder Projects that demonstrate how the use of data at scale across London can improve health outcomes.

This new programme is an initiative from the NHS in London, supported by five London Universities, OneLondon, Health Data Research UK, and NHSX. Bringing together the NHS, research community, and citizens in London, its mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners and solve health and care challenges using the power of data.

This partnership has come together following a mandate from Londoners – expressed through the OneLondon Citizens’ Summit – for data to be consistently joined-up and used to support individual care, proactive care, planning, and research. Making better use of de-personalised (non-identifiable) data for planning and improving health and care services was considered a ‘must-do’ by this group of Londoners, and they set out clear recommendations and conditions for using data for research and development.

The London Health Data Strategy is part of a wider vision for London, and will underpin and enable the consistent use of de-personalised health and care data for planning, improvement, and research – in line with Londoners’ expectations.

COVID-19 has highlighted the need to integrate health and care data to provide information in real-time for service delivery, service planning and research. Despite London having some of the richest datasets in the world, data can be fragmented, inconsistently structured, and cumbersome to access, severely limiting its utility. This programme aims to address this unmet need.

The vision is to join up data from across the London system to create a Data Platform that will:

  • Provide insights and intelligence on up to 9 million people;
  • Connect research and clinical care to create a genuinely learning health system;
  • Drive collaboration between existing initiatives to make London a world-leader in the use of data to improve health outcomes

Pathfinder Projects must seek to utilise multiple linked datasets to conduct analyses and derive insight for health care improvement. A maximum of £1m funding is available to support up to four Pathfinder Projects. Your application must include a named individual who will be responsible and accountable for the delivery of the project. This lead should be based at an eligible NHS or academic organisation from within London. Lead applicants may only submit one application, however eligible organisations may submit multiple applications.

Applications must be submitted by 5.00pm on 21 October 2021.

Watch the information webinar, recorded Friday 1 October, here.

More information about this funding call is available here:

The template for responses is available to download here:

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