Analytics and life sciences

We have a long standing relationship with health research and the life science industry, having worked with over 30 UK universities on health research projects. We have also supported a number of clinical networks in studies designed to improve care at the point of delivery.

Quality research is one of the fundamental ways we can continuously work to improve healthcare across primary, acute and community settings.

Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)

We’ve been working with CPRD for 5 years on the development of the recently launched CPRD Aurum database and on the technology to support clinician and patient engagement with real world studies.

CPRD is a government organisation that has been providing anonymised primary care records for public health research for over 30 years. Research using CPRD data has resulted in over 2,000 publications which have led to improvements in drug safety, best practice and clinical guidelines. Some examples of developments using CPRD data include:

  • confirming the safety of the MMR vaccine
  • informing NICE cancer guidance
  • safeguarding use of pertussis vaccine in pregnancy
  • influencing the management of hypertension in diabetics. 

CPRD primary care data is also being used in clinical trials such as a real world study comparing a new diabetes therapy with a standard of care.

“By joining CPRD we support vital public health research and receive a very useful and thought provoking practice-level report.”

Alison Crumbie, Lead Nurse, North West Coast CRN

 5 reasons to join the growing network of GPs contributing to CPRD

  • Receive tailored, confidential prescribing and patient safety quality improvement reports, to help you review individual patient-care plans.
  • Case reviews from QI reports, questionnaires and research count towards annual appraisal.
  • Ensure your patients are represented in the development of national clinical and drug safety guidance by providing relevant evidence and data.
  • Earn extra income for your practice from simple questionnaires or clinical studies.
  • A simple one-off joining process for automated data collection with no burden on your practice staff.

“Our practice decided to join CPRD as it was a very simple way for us to be involved in research and for our patients to be represented in national guidance. After the initial sign up which is no more onerous than ensuring governance arrangements are in place, we started contributing through an automated process that has added no workload burden onto us.”

Paul Dodds, Practice Manager, North East North Cumbria (North Durham CCG)

To find out more about CPRD and the benefits of signing up, visit their website.