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15 and 17 March 2021 researcher roadshows using health and social care datasets in research practical advice to support your research journey

NHS Digital was pleased to be part of a collaborative event for researchers providing data insights and advice. This event was aimed at all those seeking practical guidance on how to find, access and gain approvals to use health datasets, including early career researchers.

Hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service, the event also contained sessions from Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), Medical Research Council (MRC) Regulatory Support Centre, and the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP).

It covered topics including:

  • an introduction to new data sets available for researchers from NHS Digital
  • how researchers can use Health Data Research UK (HDR UK)'s Innovation Gateway
  • a summary of the governance approvals required when undertaking health data research from the MRC Regulatory Support Centre
  • an overview of HQIP’s national datasets and how they can be accessed for research and other secondary uses

Sessions at the event were recorded - you can view each of them below. More events are being planned for 2021. To express an interest in attending please email [email protected].

HQIP Datasets and top tips for accessing

Yvonne Silove, Associate Director at the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, gives an overview of HQIP’s national datasets and how they can be accessed for research and other secondary uses.


NHS Digital using health and social care data sets in research

Joanna Geisler, Kimberley Watson and Andy Rees from NHS Digital cover insight on the wide range of NHS Digital datasets available for research and the new NHS DigiTrials services

Deep dive into GP Data for Pandemic Planning and Research Dataset (NHS Digital)

Kathryn Salt, Information Analysis Lead Manager in the primary care domain within data services in NHS Digital, provides information on the biggest collection of GP data ever undertaken in England GPES Data for Pandemic Planning and Research data set. Including what it contains and what you can use it for. 

HDR UK and the innovation gateway

Paola Quattroni and Vicky Hellon from HDR UK provide insight on HDR UK’s Innovation Gateway and how it facilitates research.  

Recent changes in health data governance

Alex Bailey from the MRC Regulatory Centre gives a review of recent changes in research governance and their effects on research. 


Last edited: 26 September 2022 4:11 pm