At the heart of DRIVE are the teams who manage our programmes including the Innovation hub, Digital Research Environment and Clinical Informatics Research Programme.

We work alongside clinicians, academics, and companies to build clinical informatics capability, and conduct early phase studies that test innovative ideas, with successful prototypes transferring to the hospital for the next stage of evaluation.   

Our dedicated space, close to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, supports our collaborative working.

Digital Research Environment (DRE)

The DRE provides technological infrastructure and governance to facilitate research undertaken at GOSH. The DRE is supported by the DRE Team and enables GOSH to use data for research, audit and proof-of-concept tests with the hope of capitalising on modern digital developments including artificial intelligence, all within a secure web-based research platform.


DRIVE Programmes

Innovation hub

The DRIVE strategy is underpinned by a collaborative approach. We provide staff at GOSH, as well as our partners in academia and industry, with safe access to curated, non-identifiable data where appropriate, alongside subject matter expertise.  We also work with other NHS partners to achieve our shared vision of improving health services.


Clinical Informatics Research Programme (CIRP)

An important work stream for DRIVE involves our academic partners and clinical informatics research.

Thanks to the generous support of GOSH Children’s Charity, the CIRP was established at DRIVE. The CIRP,  in collaboration with Higher Education Institutes across the UK, funds and enables academic research that seeks to use data and technology to transform the way we deliver care, for the benefit of patients at GOSH and the wider NHS. 


Industry Exchange Network

GOSH DRIVE is a core partner of the UCL IXN, through which we host computer science students throughout the academic year.  We take ideas from staff across the Trust and support them to work together with IXN students to develop novel technologies and prototypes for testing and further development.  We continue to host a variety of projects using technologies ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Virtual Reality.


DRIVE Principles

Three core principles underpin the work of DRIVE. They are:

  • Engagement with our patients, families and staff

    Children and young people and those that support them are at the centre of what we do. Involvement and engagement of patients, families and hospital staff will help DRIVE and our partners to make the most of game-changing technologies. We endeavour to grow a culture of innovation and embed the adoption of clinical informatics across Great Ormond Street Hospital.

  • Collaboration

    DRIVE brings together expertise and experiences in a collaborative approach as together, we can do so much​. We provide colleagues within GOSH, as well as external partners in the NHS, academia and industry with access to subject matter expertise and resources including non-identifiable data where appropriate.


  • Turning bold ideas into action

    DRIVE facilitates the development of ideas into new data and technology solutions that are scalable across the NHS and beyond. Our robust data infrastructure and capability in data science enable us to carry out early-stage testing of new data driven technologies in healthcare settings.