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NHS DigiTrials

We support clinical trials that are developing new treatments to improve health and care. We provide safe, authorised access to patient data to help trials reach and benefit as many people as possible. 

About NHS DigiTrials

Clinical trials help researchers to develop treatments to improve health and care. 

NHS DigiTrials plays an important role in clinical trials. We provide secure data about people's health and care to researchers. They must go through a strict approvals process before receiving any data. 

Watch our animation to find out more.


Examples of our work

Working with patients for the benefit of everyone

We are very proud to work with our diverse and committed Co-Development Panel, which is made up of people from across England. 

They offer us open and honest insight, representing the voice of the public.

They help to design our services, making them accessible to everyone. 


Why we work together

Our panel members and NHS DigiTrials' colleagues explain why collaboration is so important.


How we look after patient data

NHS DigiTrials makes sure patient information is shared and stored securely.

We take care to share only
  • the information that is relevant and lawful 

  • with approved researchers 

  • for trials that could benefit patient health and care

If patients are willing to share their information, more treatments and vaccines can be developed for people from every community. But patients have the right to opt out.

Watch our animation to find out more.


Read our full transparency notice 

Our role in the NHS

NHS DigiTrials aligns with and directly supports the delivery of a range of government policies and strategies.

Life Sciences Vision
The 10-year cross-government strategy to accelerate delivery of new treatments to patients.

NHS Long Term Plan
Includes ambitions to increase the number of people registering to participate in health research and to make it simpler to set up trials.

The Future of UK Clinical Research Delivery
Sets out the steps that will be taken from 2022 to 2025 to achieve the vision for the future of clinical research delivery.

Data Saves Lives
Plans to harness the potential of data in health and care in England, while maintaining the highest standards of privacy and ethics.

NHS DigiTrials: our services

NHS DigiTrials is made up of 4 services that support clinical trials. 

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Last edited: 5 January 2023 4:01 pm