NHS England - Transformation Directorate

Key updates

AnalystX Observatory State of the Nation 2022 Key Findings report

The AnalystX Observatory State of the Nation 2022 Key Findings report is now published.

Following the Data Saves Lives publication, AnalystX Observatory conducted a State of the Nation survey so that we can, for the first time, paint a national picture on data and analytical professional teams.

The aim of the survey was to:

  • understand the data professional workforce in the health and care sector
  • retain and grow expertise
  • increase professionalism within data and analytics
  • help plan for the future

Headlines from the report

  • There are around 13,025 data professionals working in the health and care sector in the UK
  • Average size of data teams range from 1 to 21 employees (average of 11)
  • Pay grade bandings follow a similar distribution pattern across local, regional and national teams. Band 7 is the height of this distribution
  • Average tenure in a team of a data professional is 2-4 years
  • Recruitment is an issue especially for grades 6 and 7
  • Vacancies are distributed throughout organisation types and areas of England.

Updated 7 December 2022

Competency framework live testing workshops

You may have already heard about the Alpha stage of the framework's development, attended the AnalystX Huddle, or listened to the Fika podcast featuring Rony Arafin as he discussed professionalisation and competency framework.

The framework is a single structure for data professionals across the whole system and will help us move towards greater professionalisation of the data and analytics service. It will also help us to agree a national standard of what ‘good’ looks like at every career stage for people who work in this area.

We are now at the stage where we have tested the framework live over the coming months with around 170 testers based in over 40 organisations to make sure it is robust, relevant and realistic to those who work in the field and to organisations across the health and care sector.

Taking part in the NHS England programme are Trusts, ICBs, national NHS organisations and local government, testing the framework in real-time to make sure it works well on the ground. With over 13,000 data and analytics professionals across the sector it’s vital that we understand what teams do and support them as people, as a workforce and as a wider profession.

If you have any questions or would like any more information, please email sarahblundell@nhs.net.

National Competency Framework for health and care data community

The Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts (AphA) was commissioned by NHSX to develop and test

the Alpha phase of the development of a national competency framework for data in health and care.

The Alpha stage programme evaluation report is now available to download.

A booklet is also available to download, which has been developed to guide you through a defined set of core competencies for data professionals in health and care.

Goldacre Review

Goldacre Review is in response to the Goldacre et al paper on Bringing NHS data analysis into the 21st century the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has asked Dr Ben Goldacre to carry out a new review focusing on the more efficient and safe use of health data for research and analysis for the benefit of patients and the healthcare sector.


Added on 25 November 2021

Data Saves Lives: Reshaping Health and Social Care with Data

The draft Data Strategy "Data Saves Lives: Reshaping Health and Social Care with Data" sets out the vision and a clear action plan to make better use of data to save lives.

Added on 25 November 2021

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