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Welcome to the Working Group for Safe Data Access Professionals.

Established in 2011 by Tanvi Desai (formally of the London School of Economics and Administrative Data Service), the purpose of the Group is to facilitate sharing of 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.

Find out more about what we do.

To date, the Group is made up of representatives from the following organisations:

  • Administrative Data Research Network
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Connected Health Cities
  • HMRC Data Lab
  • Office for National Statistics Secure Research Service
  • NHS National Service Scotland
  • The Health Foundation
  • UK Data Service
  • University of Edinburgh

The Group meets quarterly; further special meetings are arranged throughout the year to discuss special topics, such as statistical disclosure control.

We’re working on a number of initiatives to create resources for staff working to provide secure access to sensitive data.

If you’re working in a secure data facility, or have been tasked with setting one up and looking for some help and guidance, please contact us, we’d love to help.