London Health Data Strategy programme invites applications for Improvement Projects

The London Health Data Strategy (LDHS) programme has announced that NHS organisations, academia and the healthcare industry are invited to apply to lead “pioneering Improvement Projects that will improve the health of Londoners using the power of data”.

The LHDS will support up to ten new ‘data at scale’ projects in healthcare outcome improvement, planning, clinical research and product development. Lessons learned from the projects will shape policies, infrastructure, governance, data strategies and public engagement of the LHDS programme as it works to develop a secure pan-London data platform, capable of supporting improvements in health and care across the city.

The opportunity comes after public engagement events held with London residents found support for using joined-up data to help individual care, proactive care, planning and research.

The Improvement Projects are set to build on the work of four Pathfinder Projects, which received £1 million in funding to join up and use data in the key areas of cancer pathways, asthma, high blood pressure and pre-school immunisation. More information about those projects can be found here.

“Our  mission is to help make London the healthiest global city using the power of data to improve the health of Londoners,” said Chris Streather, NHS London Medical Director. “Our Pathfinder Projects are already leading the way in showing how joining up data can lead to improvements in key areas like treatment for cancer or high blood pressure. The Improvement Projects are the next stage in this exciting journey where we will support a range of innovative projects to improve health and care in the Capital.”

NHS-led applications for the grant-funded Improvement Projects must be submitted by 30 November; NHS-led teams can apply at any time if they do not require funding, as can academia and industry-led applications.

More information can be found here.