Digital health community

We’ve put together a collection of local and national resources on organisations, projects and networks that are working to improve health and care through the better use of data.

The local resources cover the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area.

Local resources

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West‘ s applied data science team uses data to uncover the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions, and how these link to health services. They focus on using the best techniques to increase the reliability of their findings.

Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care Board Modelling and Analytics Team inform local commissioning decisions with their work. You can view their newsletter through their Twitter account.

Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) System Wide Dataset is a pseudonymised dataset drawing from primary care, secondary care, community services and mental health electronic health records. The briefing at the link above gives researchers more information about this developing resource.

Connecting Care is a digital care record system for sharing information in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It allows instant and secure access to health and social care records for the professionals involved in an individual’s care.

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (University of Bristol) – Health Data Science Strand focuses on building Bristol capacity to carry out interdisciplinary research that makes the best use of existing and routinely collected data to improve health, care and services.

Healthier Together is our BNSSG Integrated Care System. Healthier Together has both digital and population health management programmes.

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre‘s biostatistics, evidence synthesis and informatics theme enables researchers across the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre to use cutting-edge approaches to organise and analyse large sets of data and sources of evidence.

OneHealth Tech is a volunteer-led grassroots community that supports and promotes under-represented groups to be future leaders in health innovation.

University of West of England (UWE) Artificial Intelligence Group is a group of academics with expertise in adaptive systems, neural networks, data mining, fuzzy logic, image understanding and more.

West of England Academic Health Science Network brings together all the key players innovating health and care in our region.

National resources

Health Data Research UK is uniting the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives. It is the national institute for health data science.

NHSX brings teams from the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement together into one unit to drive digital transformation and lead policy, implementation and change.

The Shuri Network is the first NHS network of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic  women in health tech and digital health. It is a joint project with NHS England, NHS Digital and Health Education England (HEE) as part of the Building a Digitally-Ready Workforce (BDRW) programme.

NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner to the health and care system.

The NHS Graduate Digital, Data and Technology Scheme is the first grad scheme created to source and develop the best informatics graduates coming out of universities, to support the NHS and wider social care system. For more information, contact South West regional lead, Louise Brennan on [email protected] or 07874 795572

Understanding Patient Data supports better conversations about the uses of health information.


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If you would like us to add your organisation, project or network to this list, please contact Olly Watson

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