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UK ROC : UK Rehabilitation Outcomes Collaborative

What is UK ROC?

The UK Rehabilitation Outcomes Collaborative (UK ROC) was set up through a Department of Health NIHR Programme Grant to develop a national database for collating case episodes for inpatient rehabilitation.

During the first 5 years it focused on neurorehabilitation and ultimately included data from all specialist Level 1 and 2 neurorehabilitation services, across the UK.

The database development was undertaken in collaboration with the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM) and the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcome Centre (AROC) which is now 10 years into a similar programme.

  • A Payment by Results (PbR) Improvement Project which provided information on casemix and episode costs to inform the development of complexity-weighted tariffs by 2012.
  • It served to 'open the black box of rehabilitation' by providing information on rehabilitation requirements, the inputs provided to meet them, outcomes and cost-benefits of rehabilitation for patients with different levels of need.

The UK project started in September 2008. It has been led by Professor Turner-Stokes, and is housed at Northwick Park Hospital in London and formed part of the Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation's clinical research strategy.

For a brief overview of the UK ROC database click below:                                 Brief Outline UK ROC database. Sept 2016 

The development of UK ROC and underpinning research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme (RP-PG-0407-10185).

The final report was completed and submitted to the NIHR 2015. The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health. Although still pending review by the NIHR team, the submitted report may be read on the links below.

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, which hosts the UK Rehabilitation Outcomes Collaborative (UK ROC) national rehabilitation dataset has been awarded the Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) National Clinical Audit on; Specialist Rehabilitation for Patients with Complex Needs Following Major Injury. More details can be found at:

UK ROC data access requests

The UK ROC database is a rich source of clinical and commissioning information from all specialist rehabilitation services within England and as such we have had requests from time to time for access to the data. The below document details four methods for obtaining data and analysis from the UK ROC dataset:

 Data Access Request

Data Sharing Application Form

Service User guide to accessing local UK ROC database for unit analysis

The below document gives guidance on how UKROC service users may interrogate their own locally stored data.

Guidelines for analysing data in local UK ROC databases

 Covid-19 survey - March 2020 to July 2020

UK ROC sent out a survey to registered services in order to gain a better understanding about the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic had on service provision, between the period March 2020 to July 2020 (inclusive). Please click on the below link to see a brief abstract of results:

Covid-19 survey - Impact on Services



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