NHS England are developing and deploying a national secure data environment for research. A secure data environment is a platform for securely storing and accessing data. Approved researchers can use a secure data environment to access the NHS data they need to conduct research.
In addition to the national secure data environment, NHS England are also investing in several regional environments. They are doing this to provide access to local data which it wouldn’t be practical to access at national level. This will allow them to develop research meeting the needs of local health and care systems and populations. It will also allow local researchers to lead vital work in their region.
We will develop a business case for the Great Western Secure Data Environment in collaboration with six integrated care boards in the Southwest.