An introduction to linked health administrative data in four cohort studies

11 Feb 2021

Several administrative health records have recently been linked to the CLS cohort studies survey data, opening up new possibilities for health researchers. In this webinar, researchers found out what’s included in the linked datasets and how to access them.

Webinar details

A recording of the webinar is available on our Training and support page.

Several administrative health records have recently been linked to the Centre for Longitudinal Studies cohort studies and made available through the UK Data Service or will be made available to data users imminently.

These include the linkage of Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) for England to the National Child Development Survey (NCDS), the British Cohort Study (BCS70) and Next Steps, and the linkage of Scottish Medical Records (SMR) to the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). The linkage of SMR to the NCDS and BCS70 will be available shortly.

Discover more about the linked health administrative datasets available in the cohorts. The webinar will cover consent to and linkage of health records, data content and structure, disclosure control, available documentation and resources, and data access.

The webinar will be valuable to those who:

  • Are interested in the linked health data currently available in the cohorts.
  • Want advice on accessing the linked health data via the UK Data Service.
  • Have specific questions about the health datasets.

Please note, to access the linked health administrative data (Health Episodes Statistics for England and Scottish Medical Records) you must be based in a UK organisation, and be affiliated with a UK HE or FE institution. You will not be able to access this data from outside of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Organised into discrete sessions, guests can choose to join for the full webinar or log in at the beginning of the relevant session(s).


Sarah Kerry-Barnard, Research Data Manager, CLS.
Danielle Gomes, Record Linkage Manager, CLS.

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