Promoting the use of R in the NHS


NHS-R calling patients and public

The NHS is one of the most valued institutions in Britain. Founded in 1948 on the principles of good healthcare for all, irrespective of wealth, it now employs over 1.5 million staff.

More than half of the British public say the NHS is what makes them most proud to be British, placing it above the armed forces, the Royal Family, Team GB, and even the BBC[1]. It has been honoured at the London 2012 Olympics, has made leaps and bounds in health awareness, including more recent movements such as the fight against cancer and raised awareness of mental health in children and adults, and this year, approaches its 70th birthday. It is lauded, respected, and loved.

And we want to make it even better.

The NHS in England deals with about 1 million people every 36 hours[2] and is continually generating vast amounts of data about the health and care of people[3]. But mining these data is a colossal task and drilling and mining NHS data could improve the NHS[4].

This is why we have set up the NHS-R Community []  – a community dedicated to promoting the use of R in the NHS. R is one of the world’s leading data science languages and will help us to analyse the data that is so important to quality patient care.  But we also need to hear from you.

If you have any experience with R or have any data related suggestions which you think could make the NHS better or indeed your ability to care for yourself or others better then we’d love to hear from you.  Please drop us a line.


From the NHS-R Team

The NHS-R Community project is funded by The Health Foundation.