Care City Cohort

Our Deliverables

Create a dataset of Barking & Dagenham residents, linking data across health services and LBBD.
To increase awareness of this dataset and promote discussions on the findings


Over the past three years, we have been working across UCLPartners, Care City, North Thames CLAHRC, BHR CCG, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and NELFT to create a unique dataset, the Care City Cohort, of Barking and Dagenham residents from 2011 onwards. The objective is to deliver real change, using the insights from the data and working in partnership with the health and care workforce to confirm how and what we need to do to make population health a priority for all.

The dataset includes individual and household level linked data across the health services and Barking and Dagenham council (B&D). 

It contains sociodemographic and health information (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, smoking status and body mass index, prevalence of long-term conditions), information about where individuals live (e.g. levels of deprivation, household occupancy and household tenure), and information about their health and social care service use (e.g. accident and emergency attendances, GP contacts, social care packages, mental health inpatient stays). There is a unique property identifier to facilitate household level analysis. 

All data is de-identified so no individual or household can be identified within it, and data that might enable identification, like age, has been grouped or summarised. The dataset is hosted in BHR CCG Data Safe Haven, with different datasets linked together using linkage keys in place of NHS numbers. The Care City Community board has a critical role in providing public perspectives on the use of the dataset and supporting us to ensure its findings are relevant and accessible to all.  

Examples of work we have done to date include:

  • Understanding the distribution of service use across five settings of care (hospital, primary care, community care, mental health and social care)
  • Understanding the characteristics of our populations that are associated with higher odds of using services and higher levels of service use
  • Investigating the costs associated with care in the last 12 months of life
  • Investigating the impact having a carer has on service use 

The Care City Cohort is being used by several different groups:

  • Researchers
  • The local health and care system
  • Teams from other geographies that want to collaborate or learn from us 

We are excited about this project and the potential this linked data has to inform opportunities for better management of the health of the population.  

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We will formally launch the Care City Cohort in Autumn 2020 and hope to extend uses for all groups.

Who's involved? The key stakeholders

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