Research Data Hubs

UHB supports a number of ethically approved Research Data Hubs. You can find more information here:

The Health Data Research Hub for Acute Care

PIONEER is improving patient care by making routinely collected acute health data available to doctors, researchers and academics, under licence, so that the data can be used ethically and with robust governance to improve treatment choices as well as identifying new ways to deliver clinical care.

NRES Reference 20/EM/0158

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The Health Data Research Hub for Eye Health

INSIGHT is a NHS-led partnership set up to make routinely collected eye data available for health research. The aim to improve healthcare by making it simpler for researchers to use large, anonymised sets of patient data in a safe and ethical way.

NRES Reference 20/WS/0087

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The Health data Research Hub for UHB Data

PATHWAY is designed to provide safe access to those clinicians, analysts and researchers who are committed to using UHB data to improve patient care and the population’s health and well-being

NRES Reference 22/EE/0161


Who Can Access Health Data?

For more than a decade UHB has been a leader in the effective use of health data to improve quality of care through efficient evaluation of services, audit, research and innovation. UHB has been exceptionally well-placed to do this as it built its own electronic systems, which has been supporting front-line care for more than 20 years. This means that all routinely collected healthcare data ranging from blood pressure measurements to blood test results to imaging to health outcomes are stored within integrated UHB-held systems, facilitating secure in-house analyses by appropriate UHB personnel. This integration also supports a more holistic view of patient care since relevant data can be drawn and analyses supported across multiple disciplines (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, medicine, etc) and multiple specialities (e.g. cardiology, respiratory, ophthalmology etc).

UHB’s metadata catalogue and data dictionary will be available for researchers to enable an understanding of the data held within UHB. Although our primary purpose is to support internal researchers, we recognise the opportunity to benefit patients and public through providing access to approved external researchers who wish to undertake projects that are clearly in the ‘public good’.


University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) hosts a number of research centres, many of which focus their work on specific areas of disease or injury. Our Health Data Research Hubs support activity and collaborate with these research centres as well as a range of specialities and departments that all share a common goal of improving patient care.

  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility
  • NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre
  • NIHR Trauma Management MedTech Co-operative
  • NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre
  • Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre
  • Centre for Conflict Wound Research
  • Midlands and Wales Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre
  • NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands
  • Birmingham Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre
  • Centre for Clinical Haematology

To find out more information Research centres (

Our Data Portfolio and Publications

Find out more about the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Data Portfolio, including the UHB Research Data Use Register, the infrastructures we partner with and the projects and programmes we have supported.

Data Portfolio and Publications