NHS Digital’s Trusted Research Environment (TRE) service for England provides approved researchers with access to essential linked, de-identified health data to quickly answer COVID-19 related research questions.
The TRE service provides approved researchers from trusted organisations with timely and secure access to health and care data. Researchers are given access to their approved data (in accordance with their Data Sharing Agreements), enabling them to collaborate, link data, share code and results within the same research projects.
The service provides a secure data platform with the analytical and statistical tools to support researchers in conducting their work. Their findings can then be exported safely, ensuring the formats and analyses are approved and sent to authorised users.
We are developing the service based on user feedback to provide a flexible and scalable solution that supports all our users’ needs in a safe and secure way. The service is currently being used to help guide national decision making and recommend potential interventions to reduce the severity of COVID-19 outcomes.