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Month: July 2023

Uniting health and data science in the Midlands to positively impact healthcare

Further funding has been awarded for BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham to host the Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) Midlands Regional Network for five more years.

HDRUK Midlands aims to improve health through uniting healthcare and data science communities across the Midlands. These communities are committed to working together to improve the quality of health-related data, which includes developing new tools and technologies that equip our frontline healthcare staff to deliver excellent care.

Following recent funding success and as part of its strategy to enhance and grow an inclusive health data community, HDRUK Midlands are launching a new Regional Community Platform, which will bring together clinicians, academics, data scientists, technologies and members of the public.

Professor Alastair Denniston, of the University of Birmingham said: “We’re delighted that the HDRUK Midlands Region Network has been funded for a further five years. This endorsement to continue our work will allow us to expand the network further, and to upskill and improve the knowledge and capabilities of our health and data communities, by enabling us all to learn from each other.”

The growing network is currently made up of 19 organisations, who between them are leading on over 90 projects. Since its inception, 145 people have signed up to the Community, showcasing their skills and interests with the intention of fostering collaborative working. The HDR UK Midlands Regional Community welcoming new members and is open to anyone who has an interest in health data science, including patients and members of the public.

“The recently launched community platform will allow colleagues to connect with others and find experts with a particular skill or interest across the region. We believe our people are our greatest asset and the new Community Platform will help us to make the most of our people.” Dr Fiona Pearce, University of Nottingham.

Original consortium partners include the host institution, the University of Birmingham, its fellow BHP member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, as well as the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester, and Warwick, with new partners being welcome to join as the network moves into its next phase.