NIHR HIC- Researchers

Find out more about NIHR HIC's datasets and tools

If you are interested in conducting research and want to find out more information about the NIHR HIC data resource, you can visit the relevant page on the NIHR's Health Data Finder for Research, which provides high-level descriptions and characteristics for the data that has been collected for the current five NIHR HIC themes.

The Metadata Catalogue

The NIHR HIC aims to continuously improve the quality and the availability of clinical data, and the way that information about this data is presented to healthcare professionals and researchers.

The metadata catalogue is central to our ability to combine and re-use routinely collected NHS clinical data for research. It is a tool that provides a standard way for recording, storing and organising data in a unified format. Context is given to each result or data entry, which makes the data easier to understand and avoids miscommunications and errors being made.

The following video explains the purpose of the Metadata Catalogue and the functionalities that it offers:

Data we share

The data that we share with researchers will be de-identified - names, addresses, NHS numbers, specific dates - will be removed, unless there is explicit ethical and legal approval to do otherwise.

The NIHR HIC works with the information governance teams within each of the participating trusts to ensure that patient information is managed in accordance with NHS and ICO guidelines.

How to request access to the data

You can request access to the datasets from the NIHR HIC, if you are a researcher with an ethically approved research proposal.

The Health Data Finder for Research provides more general information for the preparation needed before submitting a request for access to health data.