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Data Access Environment (DAE)

The Data Access Environment (DAE) is the secure way users can remotely access better linked information, while ensuring the right person, with the right permissions gets the right data, in accordance with their Data Sharing Agreement (DSA).

The Data Access Environment (DAE) provides secure access to the health and care data we hold and reduces the need for it to leave NHS Digital.

 

DAE caters for standard users with access to standard data sets, and is the platform that supports our Trusted Research Environment (TRE) service for England, providing access to Covid-related data sets for research.

 

A range of built-in tools allow users to interrogate, analyse and visualise data for a more complete picture of health and care for research and planning.

Accessing data

All data access is strictly managed by our Data Access Request Service (DARS). Over time, DAE will integrate with DARS to provide an improved customer experience and make requesting and receiving quicker and easier for customers.

If you need to start a new application, please contact the DARS team to discuss your requirements. Not all enquiries progress to the application stage as it may be that your request can be catered for using existing publications.

 

Data Sharing Agreements

A Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) is required before users can access data using DAE. If you have an existing DSA in place, it will need to include permission to access data using DAE. Once approved, users are issued with a DAE username.

To discuss any aspect of DARS or an existing application call the DARS team on 0300 303 5678 or email enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

User guidance

Release history

Service announcements and outages

Analytical tools

DAE hosts some of the world’s leading analytics tools. The suite is designed to support all analysis, reporting and publication requirements, whilst providing powerful options to deliver world class data visualisation and analysis. The tools you have access to will depend on your project needs and arrangements.

Databricks

Databricks is a collaborative analytics platform that supports SQL, Python and R languages for the analysis of big data in the cloud.

RStudio

RStudio is a development environment for the R statistical language. It is made by statisticians for statisticians to make your work more productive. 

HUE

HUE is a SQL-based open source Analytics Workbench for browsing, querying, and visualizing data with Apache Hadoop, the mass data and computation solution behind the platform.

Other tools

Other tools can be hosted on the platform, depending on individual project needs.

End user access agreement

Use of the DAE is governed by these terms and conditions.

Contact details

If you have any questions or require further support, please get in touch.

  • For operational issues, such as login issues, password resets and problems with system access, please contact our National Service Desk on 0300 303 5035 or ssd.nationalservicedesk@nhs.net.
  • For general enquiries, such as questions about Data Sharing Agreements or other data-related issues – please email our Contact Centre at enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

Further information

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    Trusted Research Environment service for England

    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.

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    Data Access Request Service (DARS)

    The Data Access Request Service (DARS) can offer clinicians, researchers and commissioners the data required to help improve NHS services. We handle applications, process data and provide access to specific sets of data when requests are approved.

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    Master Person Service (MPS)

    Master Person Service (MPS) is an enhanced patient-matching algorithm that increases the number of linkable records where incomplete records have been submitted.

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    De-ID

    ‘De-identification’ protects people’s data and enables safe linkage across data sources. This enriches analysis by providing a more complete picture of health and care data.

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    HES user training video

    This video explains how to use HES data. It provides users with valuable context, leading to a better understanding of the data and how it's produced.

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    Free data awareness training

    The Safe Data Access Professionals Group helps share expertise, best practice and knowledge between organisations engaged in providing secure access to confidential sources of data from the health and social science research sector. This is aimed at promoting best practice when generating Safe Outputs in Safe Settings. These free data awareness training courses and modules provide you with best practice information on working with statistical data.

Last edited: 17 September 2020 5:22 pm