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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. 

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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. 

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Examples of our work

Working with patients for the benefit of everyone

We are proud to work with our diverse and dedicated co-development panel, which is made up of people from across England. The panel has supported NHS DigiTrials since it began in 2019.

The panel helps to design our services, making them accessible to everyone. It offers open and honest insight and represents the voice of patients and the public.

Following the merger with NHS England, patient and public involvement and engagement will remain a core part of the way DigiTrials continues to work.

However, the merger has led to some changes in the DigiTrials team.

So for a short time we are pausing the panel’s work to allow for a new panel manager to be appointed. We look forward to seeing the panel back in action later this year. 


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.

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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.

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Last edited: 5 December 2023 11:28 am