NHS Digital forms partnership to promote wider use of data

NHS Digital has formed a new partnership with the Open Data Institute (ODI) to help promote the use of data to improve health services.

The partnership was announced during ODI Leeds’ Showcase event at Leeds Digital Festival on 16 April.

ODI will help NHS Digital connect with key people in Leeds through open sessions and workshops.

The two organisations are participating in Leeds Digital festival over the next two weeks to promote the use of open data as being important for improving services and accelerating research to benefit patients.

The partnership builds upon NHS Digital’s networked approach as it is already collaborating with the Association of Medical Research Charities and Health Data Research UK.

The aim of the partnership is also to increase the use and engagement with open data by more people.

Tom Denwood, executive director of Data, Insights and Statistics, said: “NHS Digital is a major producer of open data, and we look forward to the opportunities our sponsorship of ODI Leeds will bring. We want to ensure we are leveraging and innovating with open data and support local companies and organisations who want to use the data, nurturing innovation as a result.

“It is really important that we create and maintain great partnerships in Leeds which is committed to being the best place in the UK for digital innovation and creativity.”

Paul Connell, founder of ODI Leeds and Head of Innovation, said: “ODI Leeds was set up with the express aim of exploring open data and open innovation at city scale, working to improve lives, help people, and create value.”


Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via: reece.armstrong@rapidnews.com

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