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What is the Data Safe Haven?

The Data Safe Haven (DSH) provides an infrastructure for the secure management and processing of personal, sensitive and confidential information. It is a repository for data for the following types of studies:

  • All NHS-England data users who need to be NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPTK) compliant, unless there are reasons this cannot proceed.
  • Other non NHS-England data users who also need to be DSPTK compliant, including section 251 approval.
  • Other non NHS-England data users where the data is highly sensitive and their security requirements could only be met by a DSH.
  • Defence data.

PLEASE NOTE: For data that meets the above criteria, but which cannot be stored in the DSH, procedures within the SOP for ‘Information Security Classification, Ownership and Secure Information Handling’ must be followed.

The Data Safe Haven can only be used on campus with the permission of the IG Lead for the Data Safe Haven, who is also the Head of the Research Governance, Ethics and Integrity Team (RGEIT).

The process of setting up a project in the Data Safe Haven involves input from different teams, RGEIT, the Information Governance Office (IGO) and the Highly Restricted Data Service (HRDS).

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