Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has joined the UK Health Data Research Alliance, to help improve data use in UK research.

The UK Health Data Research Alliance develops and co-ordinates the adoption of tools, techniques, conventions, technologies, and designs that enable the use of health data in a trustworthy and ethical way for research and innovation. As a member, the Trust will contribute to formulating best practice and standards in areas such as privacy, transparency, public engagement, inclusivity and governance to ensure that health data is shared and used responsibly by researchers and innovators.

The Alliance aims to ensure that access to medical treatments and technologies is fair and equal.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ joins the Alliance alongside nine other Trusts, including another member of King’s Health Partners, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This brings the total number of organisations in the alliance to 27.

The Trust will not share its data as a result of joining the Alliance, and all requests for data will go through existing Trust protocols to ensure strict security and data privacy.

Kate Blake, Director of Research Strategy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be joining the UK Health Data Research Alliance. Guy’s and St Thomas’ is one of the leading Trusts for research in the country, and we look forward to being able to share best practice and solutions with colleagues at institutions across the UK. Being part of the Alliance is an important part of our ongoing work to ensure the highest possible standards are deployed when using our data.”

The Alliance was established in February 2019 by Health Data Research UK, an independent, non profit organisation uniting the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives.

Professor Andrew Morris, Director of Health Data Research UK and Chair of the Alliance Board, said: “We are delighted to welcome these new members to join the UK Health Data Research Alliance. Each brings high value datasets as well as new approaches to developing tools and techniques to use diverse health data at scale to make improvements to people’s lives through research.”