EUL and SUL requests are still subject to the same benefit to health and social care requirements as all data requests.
Accessing the EUL datasets
Users need to create an account with the UKDS. Once an account has been created, access to datasets is managed by creating projects within your UKDS account area and by adding survey datasets to your created projects.
- To add a dataset to a project, navigate to the survey and the survey year of interest and select Access Data. If there are any special criteria for data access these will be shown here.
- Select Add to Account and the dataset will be added to your account. You will then need to assign it to a project. You will also need to accept any special criteria, which will vary depending on the survey dataset; accepting the EUL Terms and Conditions and for some later datasets confirming the location the dataset will be stored and accessed.
For more information about how to register and access data within the UKDS go to the UKDS page.
Users who do not meet the criteria listed in the Additional Restrictions can apply for access to the data, and these will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please follow the UKDS instructions when adding the dataset to your account.
Accessing the SUL datasets
Follow the instructions for the EUL datasets to create a UKDS account and add the chosen survey to your account and a named project. Accept the EUL Terms and Conditions.
The next step is to complete the DARS application, which concludes with a Data Sharing Agreement signed between the applicant and NHS Digital.
To apply for data through DARS, your organisation will need to have a Data Sharing Framework Contract (DSFC) signed with NHS Digital. You will also have to create a DARS Online account. Contact NHS Digital Enquiries team ([email protected] or 0300 303 5678) to find out if your organisation already has a DSFC with us and to create an account. If you have previously applied for data via DARS, you can proceed directly to DARS Online portal.
Please review the DARS application guidance pages before applying: DARS process, pre-application checklist, application guidance, how to make an application video, security requirements.
Prior to applying for survey data you can contact DARS team at [email protected] for more information about the application and approval process. Once your application has been submitted, you will be able to discuss your requirements with your dedicated DARS case officer. Remember to quote your application’s reference number “NIC-xxxxxx” generated at the launch of the application process.
Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by a case officer and referred back to you if more information is required. Your case officer will work closely with you to capture any outstanding details before you resubmit your application with the additional information included. You will be notified by email when the application status changes.
With regards to how long your application will take, the ‘Our service levels’ section on the NHS Digital Website gives details of the expected timeframes.
The application process concludes when the applicant (electronically) signs the Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) on DARS Online. This triggers an instruction for UKDS, to grant access to authorised users. UKDS usually grant access to the data within 48 hours.