What is DataLoch?

DataLoch is a data service that has been developed in partnership by the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian. Further NHS Boards and Local Authorities in South-East Scotland will join our partnership in the future to ensure the benefits of our work extend to the entire region.

In the DataLoch team, we believe that putting data at the centre of responses to health and social care system challenges is crucial to improving services through research, innovation and planning.

Our approach will lead to better decision-making, research, and support for colleagues on the front line. We will do this by:

  • bringing together health and social care data for the South-East Scotland region;
  • working with experts in health and social care to understand and improve this data; and
  • providing safe access to data for researchers.


Our Purpose

Meet the Team

Our close-knit team of clinical experts, data analysts, service managers, and governance specialists enable improvements in health and social care that will make a real difference to the everyday lives of residents in South-East Scotland.

In support of our goals, the Clinical Team ensures there is front-line input to prioritisation and project approvals. They are also part of DataLoch’s data cleansing and curating process, validating clinical definitions and data standards.

Meet the Team

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The DataLoch Principles

Public value: We support data-driven research and innovation that has direct benefits for society and delivers improvements in patient care.

Security: We keep data safe.

Quality: We work to understand, document, and improve the quality of the data, supported by clinical insights from our partners.

Innovation: We provide data only to approved researchers who are working to find innovative ways of delivering and improving health and social care.

Transparent: We prioritise transparency about how we are protecting data – and using it in the right way – to improve health and social care for all.

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The DataLoch Partnership

DataLoch is a secure, pioneering data service that has been developed by multiple organisations to enable improvements in health and social care.

We are in active discussions with other NHS Boards and Local Authorities regarding joining the partnership in the near future.

View Our Partners

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