There are a number of health conditions that pose significant public health risks including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Early detection and diagnosis of conditions with significant health burdens relies on recruitment to large scale research trials and widening participation such that those participating in research are a more diverse representation of the population.
The elements of the NHS DigiTrials Recruitment Services relevant to the Pilot NHS DigiTrials Recruitment Support Services Directions 2021 (the Services) are:
A service to identify individuals who are suitable for invitation to participate in clinical research projects that aim to improve health outcomes, once approved by the Health Research Authority. NHS Digital will be responsible for developing capability to find potential participants by analysing and linking data it holds as Controller and procuring or developing appropriate approaches for finding potential participants.
These Directions do not provide a legal basis to process data on behalf of, or to disseminate data to, NHS DigiTrials customers. All data processing to provide the NHS DigiTrials services must be supported by a clear legal basis e.g. the trial may be supported by an approval under s251 of the NHS Act 2006, patient consent or any other relevant legislation, as well as an appropriate legal basis under the UK General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act 2018.
NHS Digital will be responsible for onboarding, processing, linking and making data available for use in the Services, including meeting bespoke needs for specific trials as far as possible and appropriate. This includes the development of linked data sets as required to deliver the NHS DigiTrials services that brings together a more holistic, patient centric view of data already held in NHS Digital.