HDR UK Midlands holds its first regional event since the pandemic and launches its new HDR UK Midlands Regional Community Platform to bring together the healthcare and data science communities across the Midlands.

Working together, these communities are improving the quality of health-related data by 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, HDR UK Midlands have launched a new Regional Community Platform, which brings together clinicians, academics, data scientists, technologies and members of the public.

“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.” Professor Alastair Denniston, Director of HDR UK Midlands and Consultant Ophthalmologist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

The growing network is currently made up of 19 organisations, who between them are leading on over 90 projects.

Since its inception in April 2023, 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, Director of HDR UK Midlands and Clinical Associate Professor at University of Nottingham.

The HDR UK Midlands Regional Community Platform: 

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

Selected Projects:

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