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DataLoch will bring together the routine data collected as part of everyone’s day-to-day interactions with health and social care services. This data includes the services used, details of visits to hospitals or GPs, treatments, medicines prescribed, as well as outcomes and test results.

This data enables researchers to answer important questions about how the wellbeing of people could be improved. There are many examples of how health data research has delivered insights to help solve challenging health problems, including diagnosing rare diseases, improving the performance and equity of care, identifying diseases early, and assessing the effectiveness of health services.

Projects Delivered

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How do we make data research-ready?

DataLoch works with data in several ways, including:

  • collaborating with clinicians to improve the data quality;
  • linking datasets to enable broad insights;
  • translating data into common standard definitions; and
  • maintaining a high-quality metadata dictionary.


Metadata is important as it explains the characteristics of data for researchers, for example describing where the data comes from. Critical to this work is the support of a Clinical Team of experts from the NHS who have a good understanding of routine data in healthcare and help us make sure the data is research-ready.

DataLoch has initially focussed on building COVID-19 data to support our clinicians and NHS partners in their ongoing COVID-19 response. This data has proven to be a valuable resource – providing a unique and powerful opportunity for researchers and clinicians to generate knowledge and insight, and develop ground-breaking approaches and services.

We have taken on the feedback from our early collaborators to improve the process and develop the data to support research outwith COVID-19. 

General summaries for all approved projects that access data are published on our website.

You'll need to be a registered user before you can access our current Metadata Catalogue.

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GRAPHIC - How we make data research ready